Cecelia Christine Heaslip Following a devastating accident, Cecelia Christine Heaslip passed away on August 12, 2007. She was born on April 17, 1945 in Buffalo, NY. "Ceil" was the deeply loved wife of Jon Melnyk. She will also be deeply missed by siblings, nieces, a nephew, her husband's family, and her best friend, Judy Duhaime. Ceil was a self made woman who was proud of the fact that she overcame a disadvantaged childhood to obtain an education. That education provided her the means to help others in her professional and private life. Ceil worked to provide herself with a college education and graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She also earned a Masters equivalent at the University of Maryland. She taught school for 30 years in Prince George's County, MD. Additionally, she consulted to the University of Maryland leading Stress Management courses for other educators. Upon retirement, she and her husband retired to Southern California with residences in Carlsbad and Manhattan Beach. Throughout her life, Ceil demonstrated a caring nature and was always helpful to others. She left footprints on the hearts of all who knew her and rejoiced with her. In lieu of flowers, her husband requests that donations be made to the Oswego College Foundation, Cecelia Heaslip Scholarship endowment . Donations may be mailed to the above at 219 Sheldon Hall, State University of New York, Oswego, NY 13126. Friends may join the family for a Memorial Service at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, at 10:30am on Friday August 17, 2007. Internment will be private.

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  1. I came to know Ceil through her very close friendship with my cousin Gerri Korpusik. A few months ago we spent a wonderful afternoon together having lunch, shopping and laughing. Ceil was very artistic and creative and a lot of fun to be with. My sincere sympathies to her family.

  2. Ceil was my sister, I loved her very much. I just can’t imagine the world without her in it. I always thought I’d see her again. May God Bless you Ceil and all those who loved you.

  3. Over 5 years ago, Ceil and I met at an American Martyrs Support Group Meeting. I had just moved back to California after 30 years in the Washington D.C. area, Eastern Airlines career loss, my mother’s death and other personal losses. After hearing my story, she reached out with her beautiful generous heart and introduced me to the local ladies groups and friends in this area. “Taking those in crisis” under her wing with love, sharing honesty, compassion and sparkling spirit is the legend of our dear Ceil. Her life story, overcoming hardships and moving on with happiness, is inspirational for us. Knowing Ceil, all that she has done on this earth is only the beginning compared to what is now possible with her new power, energy and place with the Lord.

  4. My heart is so broken since Ceil died. She was the most amazing person I have ever met. She took me in as a young person new to the Maryland area and the career of teaching. I have learned so many important life lessons from her and she has helped to shape me into the person I have become. She was a big sister to me and her love will carry on in me for all of the days of my life. Her spirit for life and fun adventures will carry on through her countless number of friends around the world. I am glad that she called me her friend. I love you, Ceil…Heaven is smiling with you and mom there…..Cam

  5. Ceil will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives she touched. She was giving and loving in many ways. She was a wonderful friend to so many people. She loved life to the fullest. I always remember Ceil with a smile on her face. My last memory of Ceil is the bridal luncheon she gave for her best friends daughter. She was full of smiles and joy. Ceil, you will be terribly missed. love

  6. I met Ceil through our friendship with Judy DuHaime. I will always remember her beautiful smile which always made me feel so welcome. She was a warm and beautiful lady and will be missed by all who knew her.

  7. Ceil, I’ll always remember the wonderful times we had in college, Student Teaching, cooking, laughing in our Georgetown apt. & our trips to the World’s Fair in Montreal & to Coral Gables. You were always positive and strong. You’ll be my strength when I take my first balloon ride. Our memories make me smile. I’ll certainly miss you.

  8. Ceil, you were not only my cousin, but my confidant. We grew up together and enjoyed many happy years. Then we lost touch with each other. Once we found each other again, many years later, we vowed that we would never lose touch again. I will miss you deeply cuz, and you will be in my prayers forever. The many happy memories we have shared will always be cherished. I will always love you cuz. May you reside with our lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

  9. Jon, Our love and prayers go out to you and your families. Ceil was an inspiration to so many people and we feel blessed to have shared just a tiny portion of her life. We have wonderful memories of visiting you and Ceil in southern CA where she went all out – a beautifully decorated Easter table setting, a delicious lunch, baskets of candy for the kids, etc. Even at CableData, she had a way of making your employees feel special. Her smile and funny stories always brighted up the office. Ceil was always thinking of others and giving of herself. She will be missed by many but we’ll treasure the memories. May God bless you, Jon.

  10. When I think of Ceil, I remember a friendly, sharing, energetic, creative and most of all, a fun person to be around. I met Ceil through her best friend, Judy DuHaime. Ceil’s joyful laugh was infectious and always made me feel so comfortable. I have fond memories of a trip to Ceil’s summer beach house on the Eastern Shore and for those of us who were there, you must be laughing when you recall how Ceil made sure that the arrangements were up to her high standard. I always admired Ceil’s sense of style. I always looked forward to seeing her knowing there might be a new hairstyle and a fresh twist to the latest fashion. She was, indeed, a stylish lady. My daughter and I visited Ceil in California where she drove us on a whirlwind tour of LA, Universal studios and surroundings. She had amazing energy, funny stories to tell and we had a fabulous time. I think is is a wonderful compliment when a 16 year old says, “Mom, Ceil is a really cool adult.” Absolutely! Rest in peace, Ceil. You will be remembered, and for me, it’s a wonderful memory.

  11. Dear Jon, I was so very sorry to hear about Ceil. What an amazing woman she was. I have a very precious memory of her in London. She and I met for tea at the Park Lane Hotel and had a wonderful time together. She had a magical way of bringing joy into a room when she entered it. I will always remember that afternoon. My prayers are with you and your families.

  12. Your electric smile, joyful laugh, compassion and caring soul and love of life will forever bring happiness to my heart. Our friendship was cut too short. To John, family and her dear, dear friends my sincerest heartfelt sympathy.

  13. Ceil was a dear friend. I will miss her for the rest of my life. Can any of us remember her and not see her with that beautiful smile? Her loving nature allowed her to care for everyone she encountered, she was so patient and kind. Her presence immediately lit up a gathering, and following her lead, we would all be laughing and hugging one another. What better tribute can we give to our Ceil than to cherish the beautiful memories she has left us all. I love my precious friend Ceil.

  14. I was deeply saddened to hear of Ceil’s passing. Ceil and I were high school sweethearts in Hamburg, New York. Back in the day, Ceil was my best friend as we navigated the early sixties together. She was a lovely, intelligent and compassionate person. I’m not surprised to learn of Ceil’s successful career in education. The positive impact she surely made on her students and colleagues was certainly a gift. To Jon, her sister Carol and Ceil’s many loving friends; please accept my sincere condolences.

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