Mrs. Celia Zito, 89, of Batavia passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday July 25, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 12, 1928 to the late Ferdinando (Maria Cecela) Cianfrini. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Anthony “Butch” Zito, mother and father-in-law Salvatore (Concetta) Zito; son-in-law Bill Ray, siblings Lena Giordano, Violet Wolert, Anna Czekanski, Paul, Eddie, John and Joseph Cianfrini. Sister-in-law to James Barone, Sam Paladino, Manuel, Frank, Harry, Eileen, Virginia, Joe, Patty, June, Marian Zito; Whitey Czekanski, Ester Cianfrini, Josephine Paladino, Anna Amato, Lorenzo Amato, Tony Giordano, Edward Wolert, Althea and Danielle Cianfrini.
Celia was a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Mary’s R.C. Church and the Knight-N-Gals. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Celia was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan and attended her first game at the age of 87. Mom enjoyed Sunday dinners with her sister-in-laws Mary, Joe, Rhonda, and Bella Barone. Celia retired from Robert Morris Elementary School as a Lunch Aide after 29 years. Mom loved us all beautifully and perfectly, she will be missed by all.
Mrs. Zito is survived by son Salvatore A. Zito of Rochester; daughters Concetta “Connie” Ray of Batavia, Carol (Brian) Wolfley of Alexander, grandchildren Sal (Aimee Michno) Zito, Jr. of Rochester, Anthony (Chaka) Ray, Sr., Jaime (Jason) Pratt both of Batavia; great-grandchildren Anthony “Butchie” Ray, Jr. of Batavia; Tory & Ryley Zito of Rochester, Anna Pratt, Naz Pratt and Adonis Davis all of Batavia; long time family friends Mr. Al (late Pat) Francis & family, Gail Francis Schnable; Mike (Kathy) Jackson, Matt & Teresa Jackson, Sam (Mary Jane) Sallome & Family. Loving friends & caregivers, Mary Beth Ells, Calla Wolfley, Leslie Hirsch, Olivia George, Roxanne Schulte, Gail Giuliani, Johnny’s Angels; Thank You; sisters-in-law Mary Barone and Kay Cianfrini of Batavia; brother-in-law John Miller of Rochester along with several nieces and nephews.
Celia loved color and the family would like you to please wear pastel colors to her visitation and funeral.
Friends are invited to call on Friday July 28, 2017 from 5 to 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday July 29, 2017 at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St.; UMMC Foundation, 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020 or to a charity of the donors choice. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.