Cele was born at Poudre Valley Memorial Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado on September 10, 1949 to her parents Joseph Perry and Mary Billye Kintzley. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Perry Kintzley and sister Mary Jo Geilenkirchen. She is survived by husband Paul Bergstrom, Littleton, Colorado, son John Bergstrom (Gaby), Aurora, Colorado, daughter Sarah Bergstrom, Englewood, Colorado, sister Susan Essig, Loveland, Colorado, brother John Kintzley, Fort Collins, Colorado, sister-in-law Mary Shields, Centennial, Colorado, and brother-in-law Dean Geilenkirchen, Windsor, Colorado.
Cele grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, attending St Joseph’s School, Fort Collins High School and Colorado State University where she majored in social work. She married Paul on April 5, 1972 in Fort Collins, and together, they moved to Dallas, Texas. Cele received her degree in social work from Texas Women’s University and began her career working for the Texas State Department of Social Services. While planning to start a family, Cele focused on her fine art painting and drawing talents, participating in numerous juried art shows, and soon gave birth to her son John in 1977 and daughter Sarah in 1979.
Cele and Paul moved to Littleton, Colorado in 1979, where she worked as a dedicated wife, and mother to her young children. Once the kids were grown, Cele returned to work, joining Adams County Human Services as a social worker. Later, she earned an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver, and worked for the Small Business Administration and Internal Revenue Service. Finally, Cele could not resist her true calling, and returned to social work where she served as a case worker and supervisor at Arapahoe County Human Services until her retirement.
Cele was a past member of the Heritage Fine Arts Guild, Honorary Member of the Littleton Depot Fine Arts Guild and current member of the Littleton Paint Box Guild focused on plein air painting and juried art shows. She was a member of the St Mary’s Catholic Church Alter & Rosary Society quilting group that sews prayer quilts to comfort the sick and dying.
Cele’s great loves were cooking for her family, traveling the world with her husband, and spending time at the family cabin near Fairplay. While at the cabin Cele loved to sit on the porch and talk with family and friends, drink wine before noon, and go for ATV rides up above timberline to enjoy the views below. She was an avid reader and belonged to several book clubs. Cele was an expert gardener starting her “grow operation” of flowers and vegetables in the basement in February for planting in the spring. Every year her yard included an abundance of lush potted flowers and an abundant vegetable garden, the produce of which she loved to share with her dear family and friends.
She was a strong supporter of the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities where contributions can be sent in her name.
Viewing Visitation 4:00-6:00PM followed by a Recitation of the Rosary at 6:00PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Drinkwine Family Mortuary.
Funeral Mass 10:30AM on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Littleton, CO. A reception will immediate following in The Marian Hall at the church.
Interment 3:00PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area A.