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In loving memory of
Celesta Mae Richer
  • November 30, 1934
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  • July 09, 2018

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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.


Unity Orlando Church
4801 Clarcona Ocoee Rd. Orlando, FL 32810

Date & Time:
July 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM

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  1. Vernon Miller says:
    08 Aug 2018
    Henry, just found out tonight that Celeste passed away. I will be praying for you.
    My wife Lena passed away Dec 16 after being diagnosed having cancer 4 weeks
    earlier. She had no pain and we could communicate until the last 8 hours.
    If you can send your ph. # I would love to talk to you.
    Vernon Miller

  2. Arlene Yoder says:
    16 Jul 2018
    We will surly miss Aunt Celesta's smile and laughter!! Our prayers are lifting you all up at this time! God has gained another special person in His heavenly realm!
    We will miss her greatly!
    Love to all of you! Arlene & Jim

  3. Shelli Edwards says:
    15 Jul 2018
    Another angel on earth ascended to Heaven. Our deep condolences to the family. Celeste will be surely missed as we shared 46 years of memories, experiences, good times and life's lessons. She was always smiling and had a kind word no matter what she was going through. She made the best cinnamon rolls too! I can still hear her laugh. Love to the family during this difficult time.

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  7. Shelli Edwards a& Family says:
    15 Jul 2018
    Heaven gained another angel. Many wonderful memories, laughs, experiences, and long friendships were made through Celeste. She will be greatly missed. I can still hear her laugh. Deep condolences to her family during this time. Know she made an impact on many that carries on. Love to all.

  8. Ruthe Treybig Brunson says:
    14 Jul 2018
    My deepest condolences for your family’s loss. I have fond memories of Celeste especially as my Girl Scout leader. She was fantastic and took us on many camping adventures. She was a sweet family friend & a close friend of my moms. Celeste holds a special place in my heart. She will always be remembered with much love. Hugs and prayers for you all. May you find peace & joy as you count the many blessing & sweet memories you have of her. ❤️

  9. Ruthe Treybig Brunson lit a candle:
    14 Jul 2018
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  11. Joanne Farineau says:
    14 Jul 2018
    Aunt Celesta,
    You were always kind, uplifting, supportive, and ready to laugh. The world is a bit less without you. Heaven, though, is looking better and better all the time!
    Love, Joanne

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    14 Jul 2018
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  13. Ann Forys says:
    14 Jul 2018
    So sorry for the loss of your mom Kaye. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  14. Joe & Lila Behrends says:
    14 Jul 2018
    Joe and I send our deepest sympathy to you and all your family. We remember her and your dad stopping by in the camper when you lived next to us in Pekin, IL. At this time it will be hard for you but your faith in God and knowing she is in heaven will help. God bless you!

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    14 Jul 2018
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