Cecelia Pick, 91, of Alton, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at The Abbey of Le Mars, following a brief illness.
The former Cecelia Pletschette was born Nov. 27, 1912, at rural Oyens, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Feller) Pletschette. She was raised and educated in the Oyens area. She attended Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls and Western Union College in Le Mars, and then taught at various rural schools in the Remsen area for eight years. On Nov. 27, 1940, she married Lawrence Pick at Le Mars. They made their home near Alton where they were engaged in farming. They retired on the farm in 1975 and moved into Alton in 1984. Lawrence died April 15, 1990. Cecelia had been a resident of The Abbey of Le Mars since April 2000.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, church Guild and St. Mary's Rosary Society at Alton.
Survivors include five sons, the Rev. Anthony of Coon Rapids, Leander of Avoca, Minn., Philip and Walter, both of Alton, and Ray and his wife, Janice, of Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren; and one brother-in-law, Leonard Bindner of Marcus.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Adam Peter in infancy; two brothers, Martin and Nick Pletschette; eight sisters, Philomene Pletschette in infancy, Mrs. Mike (Clara) Loutsch, Mrs. Hubert (Mathilda) Jochum, Mrs. Art (Christine) Schuster, Mrs. Albert (Regina) Miller, Mrs. Ike (Agnes) Swain, Mrs. William (Helen) Bindner and Mrs. Leonard (Mildred) Bindner.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton with the Revs. Anthony Pick and John Vakulskas officiating and Bishop Lawrence D. Soens and other priests of the diocese in attendance. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Alton.
Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. today (Monday). There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Rosary Society and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. The Fisch Funeral Home of Remsen is in charge of arrangements.
Casket bearers will be Peter Bindner, William and Leo Jochum, Adam, Andrew and Marvin Pick.