Cecilia Sendek, 91, passed away on March 12, 2019, in her home in Eldridge. There will be no visitation and cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, beside her husband, Robert, who passed away in Aug. 2002.
Cecilia was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Clinton County to Beaulah LaFayette and Roy Edmunds. She resided in Clinton, Iowa, until her mother’s death in 1937. She was sent to Maquoketa, Iowa, to be raised by her maternal grandmother, Myrtle LaFayette and Aunt Helen Kenney. Cec graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1945 and from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon in 1949. She taught school in Stanwood, Center Point and Monmouth, then in the Wheatland, Iowa, school system until 1984, at which time she and her husband retired from teaching.
Mrs. Sendek taught many subjects as well as directed school plays. She was a good listener and counseled and mentored many of her students. She enjoyed reading, painting, traveling, cooking, crafts, and the Hawkeyes.
Cecilia married Robert Sendek in Maquoketa on June 30, 1950. They were married for 52 years until his death in August 2002. The Sendeks lived south of Lowden before building there home in Eldridge.
A celebration of Cec’s life will be held at a later date, with all her surviving cousins and a multitude of friends invited. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Genesis Hospitals.
Chapman Funeral Home is assisting with Cec’s arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be left at www.chapmanfh.com.