Obituaries » Cecilia Pauline Droll
April 24, 1913 - October 28, 2019
All Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019. Visitation, 9:30 A.M., Rosary, 10:00 A.M., Funeral Mass, 10:30 A.M., St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 12735 W. 58th Ave., Arvada, CO 80002. Committal Service, 2:00 P.M., Mount Olivet Cemetery, 12801 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.
Cecilia “Ceci” Pauline Droll, 106, of Golden, Colorado, passed away on October 28, 2019 at Collier Hospice at Lutheran, Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Ceci was delivered by her father at home in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY to Gustav Joseph Sarka and Paula Anna (Smihal) Sarka on April 24, 1913. She went to St. Joseph (German) Catholic School for elementary school and at age 10 the family moved to Queens, Long Island. At age 15 she daily took a train (she called the “El” – elevated) from Long Island to the city to learn millinery in a trade school. She became a milliner and worked for the manufacturer “Hattie Carnegie’s” making hats. Throughout, she observed history- it was on those train rides into the city that she watched the Chrysler building being built.
Horse-and-buggies in the city, ice-men delivering ice, lamp-lighters at dusk lighting the gas lamps, World War II to the war in Afghanistan, crystal radios to cell phones and computers, jets, men landing on the moon and the space station and plans to go to Mars…Ceci lived and saw a wealth of history. In the changes of more than a century (and an incredible amount of change it was), Ceci always adapted and adjusted to it. She even liked the Beatles when they became popular. This adaptability and the frugality she learned during the Depression are a couple of the examples of the many skills she passed on to her children and grandchildren. In spite of some hard times, she and her siblings managed to have a lot of fun, having house parties with music and dancing. Ceci’s positive attitude, resiliency, and sense of humor made her a strong woman.
Well-known for her “bear” hugs, Ceci loved being with people, loved to entertain, and loved to dance. She was a wonderful listener and friend and loved people deeply.
She met her 1st husband, Bob Culley, in 1935 (killed in action in a WWII attack on his ship) and they had one daughter, Barbara Carol. During WWII she went to work at McDonnell Douglas as a “Rosie the Riveter” making wing fillets (@.60/hr.), outfitting C-27 aircraft to become B-27s to carry troops to Europe. She took a course in blueprint reading and a class to learn how to work on small engines.
She met her 2nd husband, Edward Droll, in 1945 (also a Navy seaman) in New York at the Roseland Ballroom when he asked Ceci to dance. They married and had four children together, Susan (Suzy), Bernadette (Binny), June, and Mark.
A woman of deep Faith, Ceci was active in her church: she sang with the Sweet Adelines, was a member of several church groups, made rosaries and knitted warm gloves and scarves for the less fortunate. She was also generous with her time as a civic volunteer. She shared her talents as a seamstress and cook as a 4-H group leader. Ceci was one of the first Jefferson County Master Gardeners and received an Emeritus award through Colorado State University Extension Service for her work there: writing newspaper articles, teaching gardening in classes, answering gardening questions for people calling or coming to the extension office.
With 106 years to memorialize, there is not room here to comprehensively relate her wealth of experience and interactions. She was generous with her knowledge and her legacy continues in her large family, friends, and anyone that benefitted from her knowledge and friendship.
Ceci is survived by her daughters: Barbara Carol Farhar of Boulder, CO, Bernadette Ruth (David) Howard of Golden, CO, Catherine June (James) Minor of Aurora, CO, daughter-in-law Jodi & son-in-law Doug.
Her grandchildren are Therese (Mike) Edwards of Greeley, CO, Cully (Susan) Farhar of Broomfield, CO, Lee (Ginger) Farhar of Louisville, CO, Chamoni (Drew) DeLong of Decorah, IA, Jeff (Aimee) Selby of Medway, MA, Matthew Selby of Ayer, MA, Kara Selby of Oxford, MA, Jordge LaFantasie (Darren Gemoets) of Halfmoon, NY, Rebecca Minor (Kriss Washington) of Denver, CO, Luke Martinson (Elise) of Pace, FL; Wesley (Jennifer) Minor of Aurora, CO and Adam Droll of Lakewood, CO.
Her great-grandchildren are Autumn & Cameron De Long of Decorah, IA, Owen, Caleb, & Jared Selby of Medway, MA; Taryn, Jocelyn, Natalie, and Jack Farhar of Broomfield, CO, Lindsay (Derek)Evans of Pacific Palisades, CA, Michael Farhar of Denver, CO, Saayid Minor of Denver, CO, Andrew & Owen Martinson of Pine Island, MN, James and Conrad Minor of Aurora, CO.
And her great-great grandchildren are Bailey Stevens, London Evans, and Eli Evans of Pacific Palisades, CA.
She is also survived by niece Linda Hanson of San Diego, CA and nephew James Sarka of Long Island, NY, and a host of family and friends too numerous to recount.
She is preceded in death by her two husbands, both WWII veterans: Robert Ramsey Culley (1942), and Edward Everett Droll (2000 – after 54 years of marriage), her parents Gustav Joseph Sarka and Paula Anna Smihal Sarka, sister Frances Helen Sarka, brother August J. (Frances) Sarka, son Mark Edward (Jodi) Droll, daughter Susan Jeanne (Douglas) Selby, nephew Robert (Patti, also deceased) Sarka, nieces Marguerite Coulter, Teri Coulter Wiebe, nephew Jerry Tice, and sisters & brothers-in-law Ralph & Maxine Droll, Ruth and Edgar Tice, Jerome & Ailene Droll, Jim & Rosemary Coulter.
The funeral service will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Parish on November 6, 2019 at 10:00 am (Rosary) and 10:30 am (Celebration of Life Mass). The burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery at 2pm.
Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska, 1312 Peger Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-5199, and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Parish, 12735 W. 58th Ave. Arvada, Colorado 80002.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Father Nathan Goebel, Pastor, and Andi Weber, Director of Music/Liturgy of St Joan of Arc Parish, and the staff of Nightingale Suites.