Celia Mueller of Duryea died Thursday morning at Mountain View Care Center, Scranton. She was 84 years old. Celia was the widow of Alfred G. Mueller, who passed in 1972, and the daughter of the late Orlando Mattei and Mary Shepulski Mattei of Duryea. She was a graduate of Duryea High School.
Celia accompanied her husband to Frankfurt, Germany in 1965, where he was employed by the federal government as part of the General Accounting Office
at that time. She lived in Germany for five years, traveling extensively throughout Europe. Upon their return to the United States, Celia lived in Alexandria, Virginia, until the passing of Alfred, which brought her back to Duryea. There she continued to raise her then 16-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son.
Celia was a natural care giver and often took care of family members who were ill or infirmed. She had a sharp mind and a quick wit, loved to laugh at a good joke, and worried about everyone. She never forgot a family birthday, anniversary, or other celebrated occasion, with her card usually being the first one received. She loved telling family stories, and kept the history of births and deaths in the family.
Celia was preceded in death by three siblings: Leonard Mattei of Duryea, Irene Mattei Kolakoski of Duryea, and Helen Mattei Freas of Hughestown, and her grandson Rudy Kevak of Factoryville. She is survived by a sister, Margie Mattei Kobi of Pittston, her daughter Elaine Mueller Tweedy and son-in-law Paul of Factoryville, her son Alfred G. Mueller II and daughter-in-law Lusine of Garnet Valley, grandchildren Helena and Jacob Mueller, great-grandchildren Lacy and Stanton Kevak, and several nieces and nephews and their families.
Celia was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Church, now Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Duryea.
The funeral services will be held on Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020 at 9:30am from Kiesinger Funeral Serives, Inc., 255 McAlpine St, Duryea with a mass of Christian burial at 10:00am in Nativity of Our Lord Parish Church, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea with Fr. John V. Polednak officiating. Friends may call on Monday evening, January 13, 2020 from 4pm-7pm. Interment will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Duryea.
The family would like to thank the staff of Life Geisinger Scranton and Mountain View Care Center of Scranton for their kind, knowledgeable care and support and for making Celia’s last years and months enjoyable and memory building.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the COPD Foundation at www.copdfoundation.org.