Celestine A. “Cele” Sigwarth

Celestine A. “Cele” Sigwarth

Celestine A. “Cele” Sigwarth, age 91, of Holy Cross, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:00 a.m. on July 30, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Cele’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Cele’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:30 p.m., and a prayer service by the Farley American Legion Post 656 at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Farley American Legion Post 656. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Cele was born on October 16, 1927, near Balltown, Iowa, on the farm of his parents, John and Anna (Leick) Sigwarth.

Cele married Eleanor E. Heiberger on May 4, 1954, in Bankston. On the farm where Cele spent his childhood, he and Eleanor would farm for 59 years. Cele was also an Insurance Agent with Farley/Grinnell Mutual. He was a veteran who served from 1951-1953, as a PFC (Private First Class) – Acting Corporal with the U.S. Army at the 112th Infantry Regiment Headquarters – Intelligence Section in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Cele was a proud member of the Farley American Legion Post 656 for 60+ years and was recognized for the same.

Those left to cherish Cele’s memory include

his 3 children,
Joanie (Ron) Heitzman, Dubuque, IA,
Jeanie Sigwarth, Holy Cross, IA
and Jerry (Angie) Sigwarth Sr., Holy Cross, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Dr. Nicky Fox, Columbia, MD;

8 grandchildren,
Justin (fiancé Nicole Trompeter) Heitzman, Seattle, WA,
Karl (Erica) Sigwarth, North Liberty, IA,
Valerie (fiancé Jesse Pullen) Heitzman, Dubuque, IA,
Jerry “J.P.” (Meggan) Sigwarth Jr., Holy Cross, IA,
Stacey (friend Mitch Bryson) Sigwarth, Dubuque, IA,
James Sigwarth, Columbia MD,
Darcy Sigwarth, Columbia, MD
and Tim Ruden Jr., Holy Cross, IA;

3 great-grandsons;

and his siblings,
Alice Link,
Marina Klein
and Lucilla Link, all of Dubuque, IA
and Louis Sigwarth, Balltown, IA.

Cele was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Eleanor; a son, John Sigwarth; and his siblings, Fr. Reynold Sigwarth, Armella Banwarth, Dorothy Klein and Werner Sigwarth.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to the staff of Dr. Jared Freiburger’s Medical Associates Office and of the Dubuque VA Office. Special gratitude and shout out to Hospice of Dubuque and staff, especially Tim, Tammie, Nichole and Ryan. With your support, Cele’s dream to remain at home was easily achieved.


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St. Francis of Assisi Church
468 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa
August 6th, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Funeral service

St. Francis of Assisi Church
468 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa
August 7th, 2019 at 10:30 AM

4 condolences for Celestine A. “Cele” Sigwarth
  1. Josh says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friends, especially to those I know, my special friends the Heitzman’s. Sounds like, based upon the type of man that he was, God needed his incredible services upstairs.

    Thank you for your service, Mr. Sigwarth!

  2. Robin Siegwarth says:

    All my deepest sympathy to the family over there in Iowa.
    i was blessed meeting him personally in 2017 when i came over to Balltown. He was a realy nice person, even if i just changed a few words with him.

    Rest in peace, glad you were part of my family

    Robin Siegwarth

  3. Mike&Robyn Fagan says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  4. Dale Klein says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this very difficult time.

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