On May 4, 2022, with family by her side, Celine Stilp – wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend – escaped the grip of Alzheimer’s disease and entered the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. She was 88 years old. Celine is survived by her husband Jim, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and her sister Irene Krieg.
Mom was born in Neenah, Wisconsin on August 14, 1933, where she later met the love of her life, Jim Stilp. They were married on October 29, 1955 and shared an amazing 66 years together. While Mom held various jobs such as secretary, switchboard operator, and dental assistant, her most important and most successful role was being a mother to us: John (Julie), Tim (Cindy), Stacie, Vicky Mueller (Mike), Sue, and Peter (Kim). Throughout their marriage, Mom and Dad rarely left each other’s side. Up until the end, they held hands, exchanged kisses and much laughter.
Mom built a wonderful home where neighbors, friends, and extended family members were always welcome. Many thought the Stilps were wealthy – and we were, just not in the way the world measures wealth. We were rich in love – overflowing with unconditional love from both Mom and Dad. That love was freely shared with all who entered our home. Mom passed on her love of cooking, gardening, antiquing, and rock collecting to her kids and anyone else fortunate enough to learn from her. We have wonderful memories of camping, boating, hickory nut collecting, rock hunting, and many other family times together – activities that have become traditions passed on to our own children. Most importantly, Mom and Dad guided us to a knowledge of and faith in Jesus.
We would like to thank the hospice care providers for their service to Mom, with a special thank you to Soni for his professional, compassionate, and thoughtful care of Mom.
There will be a celebration of Mom on Monday May 16, 2022 at Kessler Funeral Home in Neenah with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. and a service at 11 a.m. A light lunch will follow the service. If you are feeling ill, we kindly ask that you stay home and take care of yourself.
We will never forget Mom’s kindness, gentleness, and warm smile. Though our separation is difficult, it is only temporary. Until we are united once again…
With exceeding love,
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