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Celia (Beracy, Howes) Hawk

Celia (Beracy, Howes) Hawk of Ithaca, Michigan passed away on March 4, 2018 at Masonic Pathways in Alma, at 99 years of age.

She was born on October 6, 1918 in Beebe, Emerson Township, to Michael Thomas and Mary Margaret (Pernish) Beracy, who came to this country from Czechoslovakia.  She graduated from Ithaca High School in 1937 and in September of 1940 was united in marriage to O. Frederick (Fred) Howes, who passed away in October 1973.  Fred’s interests in local and Civil War history soon became her own and together they collected and shared their knowledge with the community.  In February of 1983 Celia married Gerald K. Hawk who preceded her in death in October 1997.

Celia is survived by her daughter Janet (Kenneth) Zimmerman of Ithaca; son Frederick (Lois) Howes of Summerfield, North Carolina; grandchildren Wade and Amy Zimmerman, Rhonda Belden, and Mike and Kris Howes; stepchildren Richard Howes of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, Janet (Jim) Cribbs of Laingsburg, Michigan, and Cindy (Kim) Smith of Stanton, Michigan and their families.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, six brothers (Mike, Jack, Chuck, Rudy, Lew and Joe), four sisters (Marie, Julia, Emily and Anne), son Tom Howes, and stepchildren Kenny Hawk and Bonnie Coe.

Celia worked at Larry’s Hardware, retiring in 1983 after 10 years.  She was very interested in the Ithaca community and continued to share her historical resources with local enthusiasts and collectors.  She was a hard worker who loved raising her family and took great pride in her gardens, sharing the results with friends and neighbors.  In her spare time she enjoyed creating many items of craftwork and was always an inspiration with her humor and strength of spirit.

Visitation will be 2-4pm and 6-8pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca and funeral services will be 11am Thursday, March 8 at the funeral home .  She will be laid to rest in Ithaca Cemetery.  Celia’s wish was that Memorial Donations be given to the Ithaca Fire Department. Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (11)

Blessed to have briefly to have known this beautiful soul for just a small part of her long amazing fulfilling life. Sending much love to her family in this hard time. Know that her love continues to surround all of you even now. Thank you for allowing me to know her and the smile that brought me joy everyday
March 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBekky
Wade and Amy, I am so sorry to hear this news. Praying that you find strength and comfort in your memories of her.
March 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarilee Mouser
Our many thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. It isn’t easy losing someone special to you, but she had a FABULOUS life & we were all so fortunate that she shared with us all.
March 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarty & Gary
She was one of the dearest Souls I have had the fortune to have known. She will be SO missed by all. I for one when it is flower planting time come Spring. May the family know it saddens us , but can't come close the the sadness they are going through. She was a true inspiration to know whoever knew her. She was a treasure on earth. Many Blessings to her Family
March 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Hill
We will be thinking of you and praying for you. She was a great lady. Love Bill and Linda DeVuyst
March 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBill and Linda DeVuyst
Sending our prayers & condolences in the loss of Aunt Celia. She was such a lovely lady & as I get older & being so long out of state, realize how little I really knew her. So grateful for the earlier yrs we had. Love & prayers to you all as you go through this difficult time. Kathy & Tom
March 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Howes Kanitz
Celia was a wonderful lady who was always so kind, caring and classy. I have many, many fond memories of her and my Grandma Rummer working together at Larry’s Hardware.
May you all find comfort in the treasured memories that you have. Bless you all.
Scott and Julie Allen
March 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJulie (Rummer) Allen
Janet, please accept my sincere sympathy for the passing of your Mom. You will have beautiful memories to comfort and sustain you. I will be praying for you, especially on Wednesday, and Thursday. Love you, Evie (Yelsik) Corder, your classmate.
March 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn Corder
Janet - We learned about your mother's passing by seeing Fred's posting on Facebook. Please accept our sincere sympathies. We know how hard this must be for you and your family, but be comforted in the knowledge that your mother had a long and good life and is now resting comfortably in God's arms.
Fred, Lois, Janet & Ken,
Walt and I are so sorry for your loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. You mother was a truly unique and wonderful person and will be truly missed. Walt & Janice
March 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanice & Walter Egan
I am sorry for your loss of Celia. May the “God of all comfort” embrace you and bring to your minds joyful memories. All the best wishes for your family at this time, take care of each other.
March 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBabe Quintrall

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