Joyce Yeowart Celentino, age 88, of East Lansing, MI, died peacefully surrounded by her family on September 23rd, 2014. She was born July 4th, 1926 in Liverpool, England to Frederick and Elizabeth Yeowart. During World War II, she served as a member of the British Women’s Land Army, and met and married her adoring husband Joseph Peter (deceased) while he was stationed as a U.S. soldier in England. She was a war bride and arrived to the United States for the first time on the SS John Ericsson. The couple made Lansing, Michigan their home where they owned and operated West Town Bar and Celentino’s Lounge for over 30 years.
Joe and Joyce were married for 66 wonderful years. She is survived by their children: Patricia (Ronald T.) Farhat, Barbara Celentino, Joan (Michael) Moran, Susan (Bruce) Odell, Samuel (Amy) Celentino, Michael (Kavitha) Celentino, grandchildren: Christopher (Cherri) Farhat, Ronald (Tera) Farhat, Tracy (Todd) Kerrins, Lisa Gallinari, Nicholas and Morgan Odell, Anna and Samuel Celentino, Joseph, Michael, Matthew, and Christian Celentino, and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters Dorothy “Dot” Potter and Eileen Clarke (Liverpool, England). She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings: Frederick, Eric, Phillip, Clare Campbell and son-in-law David Gallinari.
Joyce was an adoring wife, loving mother, and doting grandmother. She was a devout Catholic and prayed the Rosary daily. Joyce was a wonderful hostess and baker and could often be found making delicious banana bread and pies (with cookies & snickers in the freezer for the grandkids). She loved to dance, laugh and shop and has filled her family with wonderful memories of her infectious spirit. She enjoyed playing golf especially during her many happy years living in Jupiter, Florida. Never forgetting her British roots, she enjoyed a piping hot cup of tea every day. She will be greatly missed, but remembered fondly every day by her family. She will always be our ‘Queen Mum.’
Special thanks to The Willows Legacy of East Lansing and to Sparrow Home Hospice for their exceptional care and support.
The celebration of the Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing, with the Rev. Fr. Mark Inglot as celebrant. A luncheon will immediately follow. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 28th in the chapel at St. Thomas Aquinas from 6:30 p.m. until the time of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. and on Monday one hour prior to the service at the church. Joyce will be laid to rest privately with family at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church or Sparrow Home Hospice. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.EstesLeadley.com.