Joined: 29 Aug 2006
Location: Olean, New York
|Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:50 pm Post subject: Cecilia Harrington, 1915-2009
|Cecilia Theresa Harrington, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great-grandmother
Ceil Harrington, born Cecilia Theresa Kwiatkowski on September 22, 1915, the second of twelve children to Joseph and Sophia Skala-Kwiatkowski at 211 E. Connell Street, Olean, NY, died at her Homer Street home on 13 Aug 2009 at the age of 93.
On December 27, 1935 at Sacred Heart Church in Portville, NY with the Rev. J.Z. Growney presiding, she married Eugene Harrington, who predeceased her on February 10, 1969
From the early age of 13, when she had to leave school to help with family finances, she has been working in the retail or goods services. Her first try was the old Silk Mill, where, when they found out that she was under age, told her to go home until she was of working age. She then tried the Fiber Forming plant in the Homer Hill section of the city. Again she was told to go home. She finally found work at the old Garment Factory across the street from her parentsí house on River Street.
Her married life continued up in the Homer Hill section of Olean, first at 904 Homer St with her husbandís parents. In the early 1940ís they were able to buy a house across the street at 829 Homer St. where she lived until the mid 1960ís, when the State bought out the rights to the property for the building of the current I-86 and she moved up the street to 624 Homer St. where she remained until her death. During the period of 904 Homer Street, she was employed at the Pickininny Restaurant, where she supplied the best fish fries in the city. She later worked on Union Street at the Darling Shop and Tates Furs. When Tates closed she closed out here employment years with the Allegany/Cattaraugus County Lab at the old School 11 building on W. State Street. Since retiring she enjoys cooking for her family, taking care of her many flowers, painting ceramics and keeping up with the Yankees. She was also able to travel to Hawaii; San Francisco, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Miami, Florida; Hampton, Virginia, and the Panama Canal Zone where her children resided.
She is survived by four daughters: Margaret (Thomas) Bowen, Apollo Beach, Fla., Patricia (Donald) Manning, Catherine (James) Kubic, both of Olean, Beverly Blessing, Summerfield, Fla.; two sons: Robert Harrington of Olean, and Edward (Linda) Harrington of Greenville, TN, 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 12great -great grandchildren; three sisters: Mary Pirrello and Ann (Joseph) Kubiak, both of Olean, Theresa Leaskey of Southern Pines, NC and one brother: Joseph (Lucy) Kwiatkowski of Henderson, NV
Besides her husband and parents, one son predeceased her: Eugene Harrington Jr., a grandson, Gregory Manning and a great-great granddaughter Julia Lynn Richter;
Three sisters: Gertrude Woodgie, Lillian Driscoll and Sabina Nitsche, four brothers, Francis Kwiatkowski, John Kwiatkowski, Edward Kwiatkowski, and Vincent Kwiatkowski.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, NY. Visitation will be held on Sunday (Aug 16, 2009) from2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday (Aug 17, 2009 at 1:30 PM in St. Johnís Church with the Rev. Edward Sheedy, celebrating. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY