Cecile Palmaro, a former 16-year resident of Three Rivers, died Friday, June 24, 2016, in Los Osos, Calif. She was 94.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Clair’s Catholic Church on Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., there will be a graveside service at Three Rivers Cemetery.
Cecile was born May 24, 1922, in Massey, Ontario, Canada, to Calixte and Marianne Lacelle. She was raised and educated in Ontario, Canada.
She married Vimero Palmaro and, in 1964, they moved with their children to Camarillo, Calif. In 1985, they settled in Three Rivers to be near their daughter, Irma Palmaro (Root), and her family.
Cecile was actively involved in St. Clair’s Catholic Church in Three Rivers. She created many of the church’s wall hangings and altar cloths.
“My mom was a multi-talented woman,” said her daughter, Irma. “She was pint-sized with a tremendous will and creative energy that she shared with family, friends, and the church community. She was kind, generous, thoughtful, and made everything look beautiful and so humorous.”
Cecile was a homemaker, which means she was also an accomplished seamstress, designer, upholsterer, quilter, and gardener, among many other talents.
Cecile was preceded in death by her husband, Vimero, in 2000. She stayed in Three Rivers until 2001, when she relocated back to Camarillo.
Cecile is survived by her daughter, Irma Palmaro, and her four children, Alyssum, Aaron, Emily, and Stephanie Root, who were raised in Three Rivers; her sons, David, Steven, and Dean and wife Debbie; nine additional grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.