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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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Spring service planned for Ceil Buckley, 100

Cecelia 'Ceil' Buckley

Cecelia ‘Ceil’ Buckley

Cecelia D. “Ceil” Buckley, 100, of Thendara passed away peacefully on Monday, March 4, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.

She was born on January 30, 1913 a daughter of the late Henry and Clara (Rozon) DeMoors in Thendara on the corner of Beech and Birch Streets, which once served as the first school house in the Thendara.

In the 1930’s she served as the Brantingham Post Master and in the 60’s and 70’s she served as the Relief Post Master in Thendara. She also was employed at one time with Clark’s Beach Motel in Old Forge and also was a housekeeper for many local prominent families in the Old Forge area.

Ceil was known for her fine handiwork and for most of her life enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and quilting.

She began to quilt at a young age, joining her mother and other local women at the Thendara Town Hall in making quilts to help with the war effort during World War I.

Ceil was a longtime member of the Pointed Pine Quilters of Old Forge and joined her fellow quilters each Tuesday at the Old Forge Library—a practice that she enjoyed nearly to the end of her life.

“I’m thankful that I can do it. I don’t know how people sit and do nothing all day. I have a bad shoulder and a bad hip but it doesn’t stop me from doing the kind of stuff that I like,” Ceil said in an interview on her 99th birthday.

Many of her hand-stitched works were donated and sold at the annual Big Moose Chapel Bazaar.

She loved animals of all types, but it was her family who brought her the most joy in her life.

Most recently she was honored by her family, friends and community with a 100th birthday celebration at View, the arts center of Old Forge.

In October of 2012, it was announced that a new award was established in Ceil’s name by the Pointed Pine Quilters at View’s annual Quilts Unlimited Exhibition. The Cecilia Buckley Silver Needle Award is presented to the individual with the best hand-quilted entry in the show.

Ceil is survived by a daughter Betty Rannels and a son-in-law Norman of Thendara; a son Mark (Avis) Buckley of Norwich, NY; 10 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

She also leaves many nieces and nephews and many very special friends. And last but not least her feline companion Sam.

She was predeceased by two daughters, Hilda Baerman-Carman and Barbara Dolan; also, two brothers, Arthur DeMoors and Victor DeMoors and two sisters, Melina Pistolesi and Anna Cowen.

A memorial service will be held in May at Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church in Old Forge at a time to be announced. Reverend Lawrence Bartel will officiate.

For those who wish, please consider the following charitable organizations that were very important to Cecelia.

The Home Aid Service of Central Adirondacks (HASCA). P.O. Box 25, Old Forge, NY 13420; the Town of Webb Historical Association, P.O. Box 513, Old Forge, NY 13420; the Old Forge Library, P.O. Box 128, Old Forge, NY 13420; the Old Forge Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 1170, Old Forge, NY 13420; or View, P.O. Box 1144, Old Forge, NY 13420.

For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dfwefh.com.

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Thendara’s Ceil Buckley celebrates 99th Birthday

Ceil Buckley with her five-year-old great great grandson Gabriel Duguay

Ceil Buckley celebrated her 99th birthday on January 30, and marked the occasion at her Thendara home with family and friends.

Among those in attendance were Ceil’s son Mark of Norwich; daughter Betty and son-in-law Norman, and their children Evan, Joy, and Ada Rannels of Thendara.; nephews, Richard DeMoors (wife Linda and Linda’s mother) of Baldwinsville and Gerald DeMoors (wife Kathy and son Paul) of Weedsport; granddaughter Lynn Russell and husband Brett; great grandson John Paul Duguay and Sandy Fetterman and great great grandson Gabriel; and great granddaughter Yvonne Duguay. Continue reading

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