Cecelia M. (Kula) Pianella

Published Mar 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

MARCY — Cecelia M. Pianella, 95, of Marcy passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. 

She was born on February 4, 1923 in Deerfield, NY a daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Glasrowski) Kula. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary School and St. Francis DeSales High School, the St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing, and the Army Nurse Corps where she served as First Lt. from 1945 to 1947. She later graduated from Syracuse University where she received a Graduate Degree in Guidance.

On July 12, 1958 at St. Leo’s Church in Holland Patent she was united in marriage to Thomas S. Pianella a blessed union of over 59 years filled with much love and mutual devotion.

She once served as a Public Health Nurse for Northern Oneida County, later she accepted a position as a School Nurse/Teacher with both the Clinton and Holland Patent Central Schools. She also served as a Clinical Nurse Instructor at MVCC and BOCES and most recently she was a Registered Nurse at Marcy State Hospital where she retired in 1983 after many years of dedicated service. 

She was a member of St. Leo’s & St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Holland Patent where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and the Church Choir. She also was a member of St. Francis and Notre Dame Alumni Association and the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Alumni. She was a charter member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, DC and the Leon R. Robert Post 161 American Legion in Holland Patent. 

She loved music and theater from Blue Grass to Opera and she traveled extensively with her husband Tom throughout the US and Canada. She enjoyed camping at the St. Lawrence River at Cedar Point and she loved singing Chorus all of her life.

She is survived by her husband Thomas S. Pianella of Marcy; a daughter, Mary F. Pianella of Floyd; and sons, Thomas J. Pianella of Floyd and Michael A. Pianella of Steuben. She leaves three grandchildren, Anthony, Justin and Matthew; a special niece Joyce (Earl) Wells of Glenmore, PA; a nephew, Robert (Marilyn) Kula of Whitesboro; and a great-nephew Matthew LaDuc of Florida. She leaves a sister-in-law Mildred Fletcher of Rome also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant brother Francis Kula and a brother Norbert Kula also several in-law’s.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Dimbleby Funeral Homes Inc. Forty Main St. in Whitesboro and at 10 a.m. at St. Leo’s & St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Holland Patent where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in the spring in Townsend Cemetery in Stittville. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Military Honors will be offered at the conclusion of calling hours at 7 p.m., also the Leon R. Roberts Post 161 American Legion will have a service at the funeral home on Wednesday Evening at 6:30 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers please consider the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St, Utica, NY 13502 or Feed Our Vets at 205 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13502 in her memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dimblebyfh.com