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Ceil Barnic Guzzi

July 16, 1929 - November 10, 2023

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Ceil (Barnic) Guzzi, a longtime Taylor resident, passed away Friday evening at Allied Hospice in Scranton, following an illness. She was 94 years young. A Scranton native, Ceil was born on July 16, 1929, to the late Lawrence and Josephine (Douglas) Barnic. A graduate of the former Scranton Technical High School, Ceil began working in 1948 for Harold Kaplan at Kaplan Furniture in downtown Scranton. She remained with Kaplan as the store moved to Dickson City under the ownership of Paul Rosenberg, where she was the dedicated office manager for decades prior to her retirement in 1994.
Ceil was resilient and remained fiercely independent even as her physical limitations grew with age. She loved gardening, and tended to the numerous houseplants that sprouted and thrived under her care. She also had a huge heart for the less fortunate, supporting many charitable causes.
Above all, she was a devoted mother who did her absolute best for her children. Photographs of her family covered every table, outnumbering even her houseplants. She is survived by her loving family, including her children Michael Guzzi and wife Kathy of Pittsburgh; Robert Guzzi and husband Collin Sam of Pasadena, CA.; Kimberly Guzzi of Taylor and JoAnne Liples and husband Robert of San Diego, CA.; and a granddaughter, Anne Guzzi and husband Todd Cullen of Shoreline, WA.
Ceil’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the entire staff of Allied Rehab Hospital and Hospice Unit for their kindness and compassion throughout her stay. Her family would also like to express their gratitude to her beloved neighbors: Jimmy and Kathy Wallace, and Joe and Tracie Shimanski, and her niece Diane Sheridan, as well as her handyman and friend Jody Joyce, for always being there for her regardless of the circumstance.
Private funeral services will be from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, with burial to follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ceil’s name to the Salvation Army, St. Joseph’s Center, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.