Joseph George Celi
Joseph George Celi
  • December 2, 1951 - December 27, 2017
  • North Carolina

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High Point- Joseph (Joe) George Celi Jr., 66, passed away on December 27, 2017 at Moses Cone Hospital, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
He was born in Burlington County, New Jersey on December 2, 1951 to the late Joseph G. Celi Sr., and Bertha Rykowski Celi.

Joe moved to North Carolina in 1970, to attend Wake Forest University, where he was a member of the Kapa Sigma fraternity, played football, and obtained his degree in education. He retired from the Guilford County School System, where he worked for over 32 years. During that time he pioneered the special needs programs in Guilford County Schools and always enjoyed working with special needs students. Joe enjoyed the arts and traveling, but most of all he loved his family.

Left to cherish his memory are daughters, Joanie and husband Ryan Tatar of San Francisco, CA and Jessica and husband Frank Hain of Lynchburg, VA; sister Marsha Celi Sweet; grandchildren, Mason Tatar, Samuel Hain, Frankie Grace Hain and Finley Joy Hain; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Joe's life will be held on Monday, January 1, 2017 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be mailed to The Fulcrum Center: a whole-person care ministry. Please designate: "Joe Celi Memorial Fund" 507 Wyndhurst Dr., Lynchburg VA, 24502. Memorials may also be made online at this link:

Sechrest Funeral Service is honored to serve the Celi family. Online condolences may be made at