Celestine A. “Cele” Sigwarth, age 91, of Holy Cross, was called home peacefully at 2 a.m. 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., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown, with the Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Cele’s life, family and friends may visit from 3-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 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 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 Oct. 16, 1927, near Balltown, on the farm of his parents, John and Anna (Leick) Sigwarth.

Cele married Eleanor E. Heiberger 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 three children, Joanie (Ron) Heitzman, Dubuque, Jeanie Sigwarth, Holy Cross and Jerry (Angie) Sigwarth Sr., Holy Cross; a daughter-in-law, Dr. Nicky Fox, Columbia, Md.; eight grandchildren, Justin (fiancé Nicole Trompeter) Heitzman, Seattle, Wash., Karl (Erica) Sigwarth, North Liberty, Valerie (fiancé Jesse Pullen) Heitzman, Dubuque, Jerry “J.P.” (Meggan) Sigwarth Jr., Holy Cross, Stacey (friend Mitch Bryson) Sigwarth, Dubuque, James Sigwarth, Columbia Md., Darcy Sigwarth, Columbia, Md. and Tim Ruden Jr., Holy Cross; three great-grandsons; and his siblings, Alice Link, Marina Klein and Lucilla Link, all of Dubuque and Louis Sigwarth, Balltown.

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 staffs 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.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com