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Sep 11 2009   6:41PM GMT

In Memoriam: Cecilia Katherine Kociolek Tittel, RN 1919-2009



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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Cecilia K Tittel 1919-2009

I got back from a business trip this morning to learn that my Mom, aged 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep last night. She spent the last year and a half of her life in an assisted living facility in Fairfax County, VA, after living with me and my family for just over two years in the home (with “mother-in-law wing”) we had built to care for her in her declining years.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remember her to all of you. She was a ferociously intelligent woman who did her best to take care of her family, and I’ll always be grateful to her for ensuring that I got such a good education. She graduated first in her high school class, and also at the top of her class in nursing school. She served in WWII with distinction, and attained the rank of Major in a mobile army surgical hospital, following the Army through Northern Africa, into Sicily, and then on to France. When I was a boy, she took a job as the school nurse in the Heidelberg American School system in Germany, in part to keep a closer eye on me and my¬† sister. She always encouraged my love of learning and language, and I owe much of what I am today to her care and attention. I will miss her terribly.

Mom was also a multiple cancer survivor: after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 1987 and learning to live with a colostomy (at which point she quit smoking), she was then diagnosed with lung cancer in 1989 (at which point she had the upper lobe of her left lung removed). She managed to survive for 20 years after those medical misadventures, and remained cancer free until her dying day. If anybody wants to remember her, I’d ask them to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name.

Cecilia K Tittel, 1919-2009

Cecilia K Tittel, 1919-2009

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  • Jaeo
    Bless you, your family and your mom -- what a lovely picture and tribute!
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  • Txitninja
    Thoughts and prayers are with you...GOD BLESS...
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  • Ed Tittel
    Thanks to both of you for posting here. I'm going to be building a memorial Web site to her soon, and will post the URL here when it's up. It's always good to hear from friends and colleagues in times of loss like these. Thanks again, --Ed--
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