Ceil Buckley memorial service and dedication ceremony set June 1st

A memorial service will be held for Ceil Buckley on Saturday, June 1 at Niccolls Memorial Church. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with Reverend Lawrence Bartel officiating.

A dedication ceremony will follow immediately afterward at the Old Forge Library.

Ceil Buckley generously donated her quilting books to the Old Forge Library, where the Pointed Pine Quilters meet regularly to quilt on the second floor. Ceil was a founding member of the Pointed Pine Quilters in the early 1970s.

Initially, they met in the Kashiwas’ home. Hank Kashiwa had ingeniously rigged a quilt frame to be lifted by pulley to the ceiling, so it would be out of the way when not in use.

Quilts made by the women’s group have been raffled annually to help pay The Old Forge Arts Center’s heating bill.

The group has added Big Moose Chapel, other organizations and most recently, The Strand, to the list of benefactors who receive quilts for the purpose of fund-raising raffles.

Buckley’s daughter Betty Rannels proposed creation of a cabinet to house Ceil’s books and thimble collection at the library.

Sandy Stripp Tetreault and Hans Schmid of Middle Branch Woodworking generously donated glass cabinet doors.

The library will, with Buckley’s estate, co-fund the cabinet.

Tetreault and Schmid are donating their labor to the cause, for which Rannels, library staff and board members are deeply appreciative.

Dedication of the cabinet will be held immediately following Ceil Buckley’s memorial service. Light refreshments will be served at the dedication.

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