Celesta Mae Richer (Schlabach) ,83, Altoona, FL went home to her heavenly father on July 9, 2018. Celesta was born in Kalona, IA on November 30, 1934 and grew up in the rural Parnell, IA area.
She married Henry Richer on November 15, 1955. They had three daughters, Janice Marie Wuerfel (Bill), Celesta Kaye Barton (Glenn) of Cape Cod, MA and Angela Janine Sparkman (Rance) of Lilburn, GA. She has four grandchildren, Benjamin Arthur, Jonathan Daniel and Zachary Paul (Lauren) Barton and Anditia Celeste Sparkman as well as two great grandsons, Joseph Larry and Asher Rance Sparkman.
Celesta, fondly called Celeste, was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and Aunt who loved and was loved by her family. She enjoyed Girl Scouts and sewing for school activities when the girls were younger, traveling with her husband to hunt in CO and visiting with family along the way as well as working along side Henry in the family sign businesses. She loved sewing, crafts and piecing blankets when time permitted. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and fellow members of the Greater Orlando Doll Club and going to family reunions.
She is preceded in death by her parents Dick and Mary (Hochstedler) Schlabach, brothers Stanley, Alvin Ray, Larry and Maynard Schlabach and her daughter Janice Marie Wuerfel.
She is survived by husband Henry, daughters Kaye (Glenn) and Angel (Rance), sisters Arlene (Ira) Nissley – Williamsburg, IA, Savilla (Bud) Stutzman – Sarasota, FL, Annie Irene Snyder – Williamsburg, IA, brother Duane (Chris) – Parnell, IA and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 pm Tuesday July 17, 2018 at Unity Orlando Church located at 4801 Clarcona Ocoee Rd., Orlando FL. Reception to follow.
4801 Clarcona Ocoee Rd. Orlando, FL 32810