Dorothy Ellen Cellitti, Age :92
Jun 06,1927---Feb 07,2020

Dorothy Ellen Cellitti was born on June 6, 1927, in Chicago, IL. She was the second of 6 children born to Mary Ellen (Fitzpatrick) and Elmer Leon Hansen. She attended area parochial schools and graduated from Providence Catholic High School in 1945. After graduation, she worked for Cutler-Hammer Manufacturing Co., first as a switchboard operator and later in their accounting department. Dorothy met Phil, the love of her life, in Chicago after WWII. In 1953, Dorothy and her husband Phil moved from Chicago to Kansas City, MO, with a young family of three children. Seven years later, they moved to Overland Park, KS, with their growing family.  In 1962, Dorothy returned to work in the personnel department at the Jones Store Co., and later in 1967, she worked as the office manager at Sears until her retirement in 1988.  In her post-retirement years, her love of reading led her to work at the Johnson County Library in Leawood.   

As a young child, Dorothy was artistic by nature. Both her love of art and her skills as a painter were refined with age like fine wine. She was an avid reader, a seasoned Italian cook, and a passionate antique hunter at garage sales. She enjoyed vacationing in Florida, Washington, DC, and Europe, as well as organizing 405th Army-Air Corps reunions, which brought her and Phil to many other destinations in the U.S. Wherever she traveled, or whomever she met, she would always introduce herself as ‘Dorothy from Kansas’. 

Dorothy was the devoted wife of Louis P. Cellitti (Phil) for more than 65 years. Together, they raised 5 children: Mariella Tefft (John), Robert Cellitti (Nancy), Phyllis McEntire (Michael), Diane Monroe, and Tony Cellitti (Janet). She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister June Cotter, and many of her life-long friends from Western Hills. She is survived by her 5 children, 12 grandchildren: Christine Tefft, Cathleen Tefft, Edward Cellitti, Robert Cellitti, Michael Cellitti, Megan Caravello, Jennifer Owens, Jessica Carpenter, Marie Cellitti, Philip Cellitti, Catherine Cellitti, Anthony Cellitti, and 9 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 4 siblings: Donald Hansen, Elaine McNulty, Roger Hansen, Jeanann Plumtree.

Dorothy was reunited with Phil on what would have been their 72nd wedding anniversary, February 7, 2020. She will be missed greatly by all. 

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests to have donations made in Dorothy's honor to Catholic Charities Hospice, or to the charity of their choice.

 



Condolences

patti cotter Feb 09 ,2020

I am so sad to hear of Aunt Dorothy's death. I hope your memories are some comfort to you in this difficult time.

Bill Modrcin Feb 09 ,2020

Friend of tony ,Leawood ,Kansas

Tony, remember your mom from piano recitals. She was happy to be there! I’m sorry for your loss.

Chris Flaster Feb 12 ,2020

Co-worker ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I was happy to work with Dorothy at the Leawood Library. She was such a lover of books and the library - and was so kind to host many parties for the staff in her home. We all loved Dorothy - my heartfelt sympathy to your family.

Mary Patricia” Cipolla “Davis Feb 12 ,2020

High school friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dearest Cellitti Family... I send you my deepest condolences.... Even though I lost contact with you MaryElla & Bobby over these long years... I want to share with you all that your Mom, Dad & I reconnected at the KC Heart Group where I worked. I cannot begin to explain what a wonderful connection that was for me... they were truly a surprise blessing from God! I found that it brought me great peace especially Because of the great friendship between my parents, my brother John Michael Cipolla & Bobby... he brought them great joy when he would stop for a visit... The blessing that came from the reconnection with your sweet Mom is that at every single visit they made to our office for an appointment... your mom Always brought me baked cookies & a hug!!! When I retired That is my sweetest memory of working in that office! I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to spend that time with them both! They hold a special place in my heart ❤️ God Bless the Cellitti Family!

Jim Lisky Feb 13 ,2020

Friend of family ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Deepest condolences to the Cellitti family from a high school friend. I have fond memories of days at the Cellitti home and of car pooling to Bishop Miege H.S. God bless and best wishes.

Carole A Cotter Feb 16 ,2020

Niece ,Westminster ,Colorado

So sorry to hear about Dorothy's passing. I got to "re-meet" her years ago at Patrick McNulty's funeral. I remember sitting with her at Elaine's table and we talked and talked. Her obit reminded me of our mutual interest in art and we really enjoyed sharing about that. It was so nice to get to know her a bit there. I really liked her! much love, Carole

Jeff Josephson Feb 23 ,2020

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

Prayers for Tony and his family.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9405 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
Date:
Feb 13 ,2020
Time:
9:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9405 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
Date:
Feb 13 ,2020
Time:
10:30 AM
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