David B. Celello
IRON MOUNTAIN — David B. Celello, 64, of Iron Mountain, passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis. after losing his battle with Covid-19 with his wife, Lisa, at his side.
Dave was born Sept. 10, 1956, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Roberts) Celello. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1974 and was a lifelong resident of the area. Following graduation, Dave attended Central Michigan University and then Northern Michigan University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree as an English major. He was accepted into the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. where he obtained his Juris Doctor Degree in 1984.
Dave married Lisa Thompson on Aug. 4, 1979, at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
Dave took pride in a 35- year career as an attorney at Mouw and Celello law firm representing the interests of the working man. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was also a founding member of the West Randville Sportsmen’s Club and a past member of the Elks Club where he sat on the board.
Family was the most important thing to Dave. He enjoyed spending quality time with loved ones, traveling, being outdoors camping or at camp, celebrating holidays (every holiday was his favorite), attending concerts and collecting albums, and entertaining his large family and friends. He had a passion for music, the Green Bay Packers, and life itself.
Dave is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lisa; three children, Ashley (Drew) Thomas of Kingsford, Joseph (Mallory) Celello of Rockford, Mich. and Miranda (Ramiro) Robles of Indianapolis; three grandchildren, Reece and Paige Thomas and Sophia Rose Celello; five siblings, Richard (Kristi) Celello of Breitung Township, Maryanne (Mike) Zambon, Scott (Shelley) Celello, Nancy Santini and Michael (Andrea) Celello, all of Iron Mountain; sisters-in-law, Marcia Thompson and Diana Celello; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mark; and nephew, Marc.
His family would like to share an excerpt from one of his journal entries from 1987 that embodies who Dave was, how he lived his life, and the legacy he passed on to his family, “I sincerely hope and pray that everyone in this whole world can find it in themselves to smile at least once today. And I hope that everyone can do just one nice thing for someone that their path crosses today. I feel good inside. See You.”
Private family graveside services will be held at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain with Fr. Janusz Romanek officiating.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in David’s memory.
Condolences to the family of David Celello may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.