Charles Celsi Obituary

Charles J. Celsi
Charles Celsi
Charles J. Celsi

June 8, 1932 - February 22, 2015
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Charles Joseph Celsi, 82, of West Des Moines, Iowa passed into the hands of our Lord, peacefully, surrounded by his family on February 22, 2015.

Charles was the son of Antonio and Lucrezia Celsi, Italian immigrants. He is survived by his wife Patricia, brother Frank (Ellen), sister Ann DeMarco (Louis) and children from his first marriage: Tony (Cathy), Randy, Brenda Veasman (Pat), Robert, Krista Celsi-Frank (Gary) and Ron (Amy), as well as a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Charles' long and wonderful life included graduating from Lincoln High School and later Drake University. He had a successful career in banking, real estate, and restaurant entrepreneurship. Civic minded, Charles dutifully served in the U.S. Navy, and enabled positive change for his community through service on the West Des Moines City Council, Civil Service Commission, Rotary Club, and as president of The Society of Italian Americans. He was a long time member of Sacred Heart Church with a special devotion to Saint Padre Pio. Charles loved his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, birds and the card games of pitch and cribbage. He was well loved and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located at 1627 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines, with Rosary following at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, at the church. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles Celsi's name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1627 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Friday, February 27, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Mass of Christian Burial
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1627 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:30 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, February 28, 2015


Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1627 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265