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Florence A. Celeskey

November 11, 1922 December 7, 2013
Florence A. Celeskey
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Obituary for Florence A. Celeskey

Florence Adeline Celeskey, age 91, resident of highland, devoted parishioner of the Church of the Holy Spirit, member of the Women's Club and Third Order Carmelite, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 7th, 2013.

She was born in Detroit Michigan on November 11, 1922 to her mother, Martha (Karczewski) and father Stanley Onichimowski. Her father came to the United States from Poland. Her mother and father were neighbors, lived next door to each other, met and married. She was preceded in death by her three siblings Leonard, Dorothy and Andy.

She was introduced to Thomas Celeskey by a cousin and married him on December 29, 1941 at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Detroit MI. They were married for 64 years before Thomas died in 2004.

She leaves behind her five children, Diane (James) Lyons Byrnes, Judy (Roger) Avie, Gregory (Cheryl) Celeskey, Mary (Francis) Tseng and Rose (William) Stano; fourteen grandchildren, Paul Lyons, Jamie Byrnes, Becky Stevens, Scott Byrnes, Mark Lyons, Dawn McAuliffe, Robert Avie, Matthew Celeskey, Carrie Celeskey, Emily Hugenbruch, Nathan Stano, Erik Stano, Jeffery Tseng, and Michael Tseng; and fourteen great grandchildren Sara, Thomas, Destiny, Patience, Bryce, Keegan, Mikayla, Sheala, Autumn, William, Emma, Veronica, Christopher and Alexander; many extended family and dear friends.

While raising their family, Tom and Florence were parishioners at St. Monica's in Detroit. They both returned to school to gain their high school diplomas. Florence then continued on with her education at Oakland Community College, earning her nursing degree. She worked at Sinai Hospital in the neonatal unit until her retirement in 1988.

Florence was a deeply spiritual woman. She was first introduced to the Charismatic Movement of the Catholic Church in 1980. In her own words, she explains, "after that I had a great hunger to learn more". She went to many workshops and retreats. She says, "one year, I checked my checkbook and found that I had been to a retreat once a month for a whole year. I thought it was so wonderful when I saw people praying over each other for healing".

As her spirituality grew, she went to many places to learn. In the mid-1980s, she met Fr. Dwaine Stensil, OFM of Duns Scotus Franciscan Seminary. He had a school of evangelization there. Florence asked him to be her spiritual director and he agreed.

In her own words, she details what happened next.

"One day, Fr. Dwaine called me on the phone and said the Lord said to him, to ask me, if I would start a healing ministry at his school of evangelization. I started the ministry in 1990. We held many classes in the school and had many Healing masses.

During one healing mass we had, I was praying over a lady with severe leg pain. I was so moved by her cry for help that I said to the Lord, "if you take away her pain, I will give up my popcorn". I don't not know if she was healed, but I do not eat popcorn anymore.

I was filled with a great desire to do this more so I bargained with the Lord to give up my favorite things in exchange for the healing of others. I gave up things that I loved most, like coffee. I used to drink up to six cups a day. And candy. This sacrifice would be a life long commitment for me. That is why I drink hot water to this day. I learned that if you pray, that the Holy Spirit works through you."

Florence had so many beautify experiences at Dun Scotus. "I have met and trained many people over the years with the help of the Lord working through me. I did this for 15 years".

Eventually, Dun Scotus closed and was sold, but the Emmaus prayer group (a community founded at Dun Scotus, named after the story of the road to Emmaus, where Jesus appeared to some apostles; Luke 24:13-35) still meets monthly.

In 1991, Thomas and Florence moved to Highland and became parishioners of The Church of the Holy Spirit. A parishioner there, Mary Luther, told her about a Carmelite meeting in Flint that met once a month. Florence said, "Prior to that I was searching for a community".

She became a 3rd order Carmelite of the Sacred Heart, was clothed in Carmel, and got her scapula 1994. She made her 1st promise on March 2 1996. She took the name of Rose Mary Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Florence was a Formation Director for several Carmelite communities and traveled, teaching at monthly meetings. According to a friend, Alice DiCarlo, "she is loved and respected by all the Carmelite community".

Among all her pursuits, she remained an integral part of the Holy Spirit parish, St Mary's retreat House, and the Stephan Ministry, leading prayer and discussion groups.

Her last thoughts were the words sung by the community of Benedictine monks at the Weston Priory, "all I ask of you, is forever to remember me, as loving you."


Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 2-8 PM, with a Rosary and Carmelite Service at 7 PM.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3700 Harvey Lake Rd, Highland, Saturday, December 14th, 10 AM. The Rev. Fr. Wayne Ureel to officiate. Burial Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Priest of the Sacred Heart, P.O. Box 900 Franklin, WI 53132.

For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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