Celia Loretta Quinn
March 20, 1940 ~ March 24, 2023
24, 2023 after a rough but quick battle with cancer.
Celia was born on March 20, 1940 to Walter Strek and Lottie
Lapa in Lackawanna (Erie County), NY. Celia spent much of
her childhood in an orphanage near Buffalo, New York and
would later move to Silver Creek with her foster family, Peter
and Jeanette Veklotz, and her foster brother, Ronald Veklotz.
Celia often shared the fondest of memories of her childhood
both in the orphanage and with her foster family.
Celia landed her first job with M&T Bank kicking off a 60 year
career working with computers in various ways including
managing contract proposal work and eventually retiring as an
administration assistant at Mitre Corporation.
Celia moved to Alexandria, Virginia in the 1970s and worked
for the City of Alexandria, continuing her education and efforts
in the world of computers.
Celia finally retired in January 2022, just before her 82nd
birthday. She spent the last 15 years of her career with Mitre
Corporation and created many wonderful relationships with both
her co-workers and their children that she often gave birthday
and holiday gifts to as she watched them grow up over the years.
Celia was predeceased by her parents and foster parents, her
brothers Richard “Butchie” Strek, Walter Strek and Henry
Hochstine. Celia is survived by her son, Kevin O’Dea, her
grandsons Logan and Aidan O’Dea, her brothers Robert Strek,
Joseph Hochstine and foster brother Ronald Veklotz, and her
sisters Sylvia Bosquette, Mary Nicols and, Nancy Velzy
Memorial gathering to be announced at a later date.