2013-04-11 / Obituaries

Celestina ‘Sally’ Gereszek, 74, of Bismarck


Celestina Gereszek Celestina Gereszek Celestina “Sally” Gereszek, Bismarck, loving mother and proud grandmother, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at the age of 74 after suffering sudden heart failure and stroke.

Sally, as she was known, was born April 30, 1938, in Zeeland to Dorothy and Jacob Schumacher.

Sally married William “Bill” Gereszek on Jan. 3, 1958, and moved to Seattle, Wash., where Bill worked for Boeing. While in Seattle their daughter, Mary, and son, Kevin, were born.After seven years, they returned to North Dakota moving frequently about the state while Bill worked with the Boeing missile project. Their youngest daughter, Josette, was born in Langdon. When the Boeing project finished, Sally and Bill moved to Mandan.

Sally worked mostly as a waitress in places like the Rolling Pin and Oasis Restaurants. Her daughters would laugh that they could never get any serious shopping done with mom because they were always running in to customers she knew.

When Sally’s father died, Sally and Bill moved in with her mother, Dorothy, to help her in her final years.

Sally enjoyed a simple home life with Bill and an occasional run down to the casino.

Sometimes, just for the fun of it, they would make a trip to Zeeland, Hague, or Wishek just for a piece of pie and the company of old friends and family.

Sally is survived by her husband, Bill; her daughter, Mary (Myron) Fetch; her son, Kevin (Mary Beth) Gereszek; her daughter, Josette (Robert) Severson; her brother, Herbert (Shirley) Schumacher; her grandson, Sterling Severson; and her granddaughters, Josie and Lindsey Gereszek.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be Thursday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Eastgate Funeral Service in Bismarck where a Rosary service will begin at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Church of Corpus Christi in Bismarck with the Rev. Paul Becker officiating.

Burial will be at 12 noon at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Go to www.eastgatefu neral.com to share memories of Sally and to sign the online guestbook.

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