September 12, 2013
Victoria Marie Zaremba Cecil, 86 from the Town of Brownville peacefully passed away at her home with her daughter Mari, daughter-in-law Cindy and caregiver Sarah.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Home in Watertown, NY on Monday September 16th from 4-7 pm. A prayer service will be held at Cummings Funeral Home in Watertown on Tuesday at 12:00 pm, followed by the funeral mass at 1:00 pm with Rev. Michael Gaffney officiating.
Victoria was born in Wolcott, New York on August 1, 1927, the daughter of Stanley E. and Pauline (Bedish) Zaremba, Sr. She graduated from Augustinian Academy in 1945 then relocated to Miami, FL where she married Dale L. Cecil on October 8, 1953.
Victoria was an accountant and bookkeeper for South Florida Teachers Credit Union. She was the Manager of Miami Federal Credit Union in 1975. Then became the Miami Federal Credit Union’s Chief Executive Officer and served as the CEO until retirement in 2001. During her leadership the Miami Federal Credit Union was able to expand its membership and financial holdings.
Victoria is survived by her daughter Mari L. Cecil and her spouse Cynthia Brenon, brothers Joseph Zaremba and his wife Marlene Ft. Wayne, Indiana; John Zaremba Billings, Montana; Arthur Zaremba Sr. and his wife Agnes Watertown, New York also, survived by twenty two nieces, nephews and their families. Victoria enjoyed being Aunt Marie; an aunt, great aunt and great, great aunt.
Victoria was predeceased by her husband Dale ( 2007), parents, Brother Stanley, Jr. ( 1982), sisters Catherine ( 1997) and Betty (2011), niece Joanne ( 2002) and niece Cindy (2001).
Victoria was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church and School until she returned to Watertown, New York, where she became a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Brownville. Victoria found peace and joy in her rosary and daily prayers. She also found joy in her faithful canine companion Pee Wee and her grand-dogs Jazzie and Tango.
Victoria enjoyed her Friday lunches with her niece Bonnie and their Friday afternoons at the hair dresser (Sally Shepard). She enjoyed reading, visiting with friends and relatives, as well as playing cards with her “girls” Sarah M., Heidi B., Heidi O., Tara L., and Robin T.
Donations in Victoria’s name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, Watertown, NY or Immaculate Conception Church in Brownville, NY. Online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.