Celestino George


Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Celestino “Chele” George, 80, a resident of Bettendorf, will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th St., Bettendorf.

Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, with military rites provided by the Mexican-American VFW, Post 8890.  Visitation will be Thursday, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The family invites you to pray the Rosary with them at 7:00 p.m. to end the visitation. There will be an additional visitation Friday at church from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Chele died Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.

Celestino George was born April 6, 1931 in DePue, Illinois, a son of Rafael and Tomasa (Razo) George.  He proudly served our country during the Korean War in the U. S. Army.  Chele married Amalia Ramirez February 13, 1952.  She preceded him in death June 15, 1998.  He was later united in marriage to his present wife, Pearl Gusman Ybarra on December 11, 1999 in Kewanee, Ill.

Chele graduated in 1959 from St. Ambrose University with a BA in accounting.  He earned his MBA at St. Louis University.  He was an accountant at the Rock Island Arsenal retiring in 1993 after 37 years of service and was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf.  Chele was very proud of his Mexican Heritage. He was an avid runner, competing in marathons across the Midwest.  He loved to golf and was also an avid fan of Notre Dame, the Bears and the Cubs.  He enjoyed gardening and traveling abroad with his wife, but his greatest joy in life came from spending time with his entire family as often as he could.


Memorials can be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

Survivors include wife Pearl and his four sons; Alberto (Yvonne) Jorge, Davenport, Bill (Ronda) George, Davenport, Juan Jorge, Greenfield, IN, and Luis George, Davenport; 5 grandchildren, Julio, Alejandro and Mario Jorge and Mike (Kesha) George and Victoria George; and 2 great-grandchildren, Megan and Kasey George.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Amalia, and two sons, Daniel and Anthony George. May they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Chele’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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