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William Ciesielski

William Joseph "Bill" Ciesielski

Sunday, November 8th, 1931 - Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
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Obituary

William J. “Bill” Ciesielski, 87, of Independence, IA, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at ABCM Rehabilitation Center’s West Campus in Independence, IA.

Bill was born on November 8, 1931 in Independence, IA the son of Joseph A. and Lorraine (Byron) Ciesielski. He was a 1950 graduate of the Jesup High School, Jesup, IA and served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict, from October 2, 1952 until his discharge on January 17, 1953. He returned to the Independence area where he married Beverly A. Verstraete in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville, IA. The couple made their home in Independence, IA where Bill was employed as the Maintenance Supervisor at the Mental Health Institute for 30 years prior to his retirement.

He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, the American Legion Post, the MHI Fire Department, and The Knights of Columbus. He served on the Independence City Council, and on the Buchanan County Veterans Affairs Board.

Bill was very proud of his service to his country and was very active in the community. He was a member of the committee that started the Avenue of Flags. He loved gardening, socializing with his family and friends, and simply spending time at his cabin on the Wapsipinicon River.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Beverly A. Ciesielski, three children; Cindy Horn, Independence, IA., Randy (Jennifer) Ciesielski, Hazleton, IA., and Tamara (David) Coleman, Urbana, IA. Seventeen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Four brothers; Robert, David, Thomas (Sharon), and Leo “Pete” (Liola) Ciesielski all of Independence, IA.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; Joseph and Lorraine Ciesielski, a son-in-law; Duane Horn, two great grandchildren, a sister; Joyce Ciesielski, and two sisters-in-law; Sally Ciesielski and Darlene Ciesielski.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, April 15th at St. John’s Catholic Church, Independence, IA with Rev. Christopher Weber and Rev. David Beckman officiation. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 PM Sunday, and from 9 to 10 AM Monday at the Reiff Family Center in Independence where a Military Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 PM Sunday.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 | 8:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Monday, April 15th, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Monday, April 15th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. John's Catholic Church
    Address
    209 5th Ave NE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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    Officiant
    Rev. David Beckman
  • Interment

    Location
    Mt. Hope Cemetery
    Address
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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Affiliations

  • Army
  • Knights of Columbus

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Renate Hunter

Posted at 02:25pm
I didn't know of his passing until today. I doubt you remember me but I am Julianna's daughter. When she moved in to West Village, she liked sitting at his table for lunch. He was always so friendly with a big smile and wore overalls all the time which reminded her of my dad who all wore them. She had suffered 4 strokes and she was grieving and he was a bright spot in her long days at the home. His personality was always smiley and happy even though he also wasn't himself from his younger days. So sorry for your loss. By the number of his visitors, he was very loved. Renate Hunter
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Vickie Buckman

Posted at 06:24pm
Randy and Cindy and families, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers
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Diane Smith Kurtz

Posted at 10:03am
I have a lot of good memories of Bill seeing us girls off on the pontoon for the day. He would always make sure we got on our way and with a big smile and a wave. Often he would be at the cabin when we got back in and we would always have a nice visit with him. I am sure that Bill and Jean are having a beverage and talking over old times. He will be missed. Our s
ympathy to Bill's family.
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Dixie Hansen

Posted at 11:01pm
I am sorry I meant to say I know his daughter, Cindy Horn. Prayers for all who loved him during this time of grieving.
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Dixie Hansen

Posted at 10:59pm
I didn't know William Ciesielski but I know his daughter, Theresa Horn. Prayers for all who loved him during this time of grieving.
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