Celinda A. Drexelius
WATERTOWN — Celinda A. Drexelius passed away quietly on June 29, 2013, in Watertown, after a difficult battle with cancer. She was 59 years young. Her closest friends and much loved Dachshund, Dobbie, were there to visit with her beforehand. Her sister was at her side at the moment of her passing.
Celinda was predeceased by her beloved dogs, Bear, Dakota and Willie; her parents, Herbert and Jeanne Drexelius; and sister, Laura, all of Orchard Park.
She is survived by her sister, Leslie of Littleton, N.H.; her aunt and uncle, Yorke and Joette Knapp; and cousin, Nyan of Rochester; and several cousins located throughout the U.S.
Celinda was born on Dec. 1, 1953, in Buffalo, and grew up in Orchard Park. She graduated from Immaculata Academy in Hamburg in 1972. Celinda excelled in writing poetry and received an award for her writing from the State of New York while attending Immaculata.
After graduation, she continued her studies at the State University of New York, College of Oneonta, where she received an associate degree in applied science. After her time at SUNY Oneonta, she knew the Catskill region was where she wanted to settle and build a life for herself.
Celinda worked for approximately 10 years at Corning Inc. in Corning. She then returned to college earning an associate degree in business administration/data processing in 1992, from the Utica School of Commerce, where she met her forever and dearest friend, Bonnie.
After several years working for Tyco Healthcare in Hobart, Celinda retired from work due to health issues. She eventually relocated to Watertown in August of 2010, to be near another dear friend, Julie.
Celinda truly enjoyed spending time with the friends, children and pets in her life, all of who brought her much love and joy.
Over the years, she continued to write poetry and was published several times. She loved taking photographs and making home movies and videos to share with friends and family. By far, her most favorite pastime was fishing, and she had several treasured spots she had found throughout the Catskill region.
An informal memorial service will be held at one of her favorite fishing holes with her closest friends and family sometime later this fall or next year at a date to be determined.
Celinda was a wonderful person with a big heart, and those who took the time to know her loved her deeply and found themselves with a friend for life. She will be missed tremendously.
God bless you, Celinda. We all love you and miss you very much. Rest in peace…