Cecelia (Ceil) Carvalho, 89 of Rotonda West, FL passed away on May 12, 2018. She was born on August 16, 1928 in Springfield, MA to Walter and Gertrude Olszewski. Ceil always wanted to be a nurse even at a very young age. She took her nursing training at the New York Medical College at Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City. Ceil graduate college with honors. For over 50 years she was very active in nursing. Through the years, she was employed in all the various aspects of nursing and loved every moment of it.
In her early years she played golf and bridge. She also enjoyed reading and was a friend and nurse to all who came to know her.
Ceil married to her first husband John Ames, in 1950 and he passed away in 1978. She is survived by two sons John Ames of New York and Keith Ames and his wife Jane of Massachusetts and three grandson, Robert of New York, Michael of Florida and Niko of Massachusetts and a step daughter, Lisa Carvalho of New York. They all were dearly loved by Ceil. She married he second husband, Vincent Carvalho in 1980 and he passed away in 2010. Ceil often commented that she had to wonderful husbands. She also was predeceased by her two sisters Elinor and Irene.
For many years she volunteered for Tidewell Hospice and enjoyed nursing the many patients she encountered. She also volunteered at the Englewood United Methodist Church and at the Foundations' Pre School.
She often stated that she will miss her wonderful family, friends, church family and her Florida Family. Ceil love her cat Caesar who has been with there for many years. She often talked about him sitting next to her when she prayed. When she was done praying, he left. He was a faithful companion to Ceil.
She wanted to say thank you to all her care giver, Janet Davis, Eddy Schoenick and her niece, Kathy Lapierre.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Englewood United Methodist Church, Doan Chapel on June 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Building, Sarasota, FL 34238.
Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
I am heartbroken at the loss of my lifelong best friend, Ceil, but gratified that she faced her passage with the same grace, courage and equanamity with which she had lived her life.
Ceil and I grew up together in the same 6-family apartment family building in Springfield, Mass. after I moved next door when I was about 8 years old. . She was my best friend for some 80 years. We always kept in touch though life often took us far away from each other. I remember her as a quiet, lonely little girl, a good student who always got good grades and always wanted to be a nurse. We communicated with each other after bed time by talking through a transom between our apartments.. . When we were teenagers, we traveled together to New York City, staying at
my aunt's house inm Brooklynmy aunt's hous in Brooklyn my Aunt's house in Brooklyn. It was then that Ceil decided to do her nurse's training in New York. Life took us in different directions after high school. I moved to Iowa to attend college; Ceil moved to New York to study nursing at one of the finest nursing schools in the Northeast. She married John Ames, a wonderful singer who once did a stint in a Broadway musicalmu.
Our family is saddened to hear of Ceil’s passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We enjoyed her get together where everyone was welcomed and treated like family. May she Rest In Peace. John and Kimberley Butler
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