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“Oma” Johanna desCelles

August 27, 1923 – November 1, 2013

Johanna desCelles, age 90, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, November 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Java, Indonesia on August 27, 1923, Mrs. desCelles was the daughter of the late Harry and Marie Sibbald. A talented homemaker, she devoted her life to caring for her beloved family.
Mrs. desCelles was an excellent cook, who enjoyed preparing delicious meals for loved ones. In her leisure time, she was an avid sewer and loved to dance. Above all else, she adored spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Gus desCelles who passed away in 1994, and her daughter, Albertine M. desCelles. She is survived by her daughter, Edith Y. Puican and husband Richard of Newark, DE; grandsons, John Puican and wife Kristen of Elkton, MD and Mark Puican and wife Jami of Newark, DE; and 4 great grandchildren, Brie, Evan, Kylie, and Raegan.

A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE where friends may call from 2 pm until 3 pm. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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  1. Gail Roberts, November 3, 2013

    I am so very sorry for the loss of Oma to your family. I know she was a well-loved and cherished member of the famiy. I hope that all the amazing memories your share will help you to celebrate her life every day. Peace and blessings to all the Puican family.
    Sincerely,
    Gail Bailey Roberts

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  2. Victoria Cilwik, November 4, 2013

    I am so sorry to see that Ms. desCelles has passed away in death. Please accept my family’s condolences. May your hearts find peace and comfort from the Bible’s promise at John chapter 5 verses 28 and 29 and Psalms chapter 37 verse 29 which says that soon God is going to resurrect back to life on earth our loved ones who have died so that we can be reunited with them.

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  3. Sean M Hebbel, November 4, 2013

    Edith and Richard,
    I was saddened to read of Johanna’s passing. I am sorry for your loss. I did have many fond thoughts of Albertine and Alex Tyree in reading her obituary and the privilege that I had in meeting your wonderful family at that time. Know that you are all in my thoughts.

    Sean

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  4. John & Mary Bresser, November 4, 2013

    Edith & Richard,
    We are sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We loved her so much and enjoyed her and your father when they danced.

    Please know that our heart felt sympathies are with you.

    John & Mary

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  5. Diane & Craig Bailey, November 8, 2013

    We are so lucky to have been blessed with Oma and Opa as part of our family. We will always fondly remember the many good times with them; particularly their dancing and celebration of life. As Opa is, Oma will be sorely missed. Our sincere sympathies to Edith and Richard, John and Krissy, our beloved grandchildren, Brie & Evan; Mark and Jami, and Kylie and Raegan. We will all remember with love both of them.

    Diane & Craig

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  6. Jane deBock Tomczyk, November 12, 2013

    Edith and Richard,
    I am so sorry to hear the passing of Tante Joke. I didn’t find out until yesterday. Tante Joke was a wonderful lady and the love she had for all of you showed. I will always remember the gatherings our families had in years past.
    Stay strong. She is now joined again with Oom Gijs and Ineke.

    Jane

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