- On April 10, 2023
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Celeste Batycki Logue, age 79, of Bethel Park, PA, passed away peacefully at her home, on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. Born on December 21, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Celestine and Jessie Batycki; Preceded in death by sister Alberta (James) Untener; Survived by children, Marissa (Kirk) Gilbert, Brian Logue, Eric (Alicia) Logue, and Sean Backus; grandchildren, Hayden Logue, Julian Logue and Sunayna Logue; sisters, Charlotte Bossi and Jean Woods, and many other friends and family.
Celeste was blessed with two very different careers in her lifetime. She worked as a legal secretary for US Steel in downtown Pittsburgh throughout her younger years. After taking a break from full time work to raise her children, she went on to become a paraprofessional at Bethel Park High School and worked to support the students with autism and special needs. She loved her job and everyone loved her. She brought joy and smiles to everyone around her!
Celeste truly had a servant’s heart, following in the footsteps of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She would do anything for anyone, and always looked for ways to being a blessing to those in need. She attended several churches in her lifetime, eventually making Another Level Ministries her final place of worship. She loved the Lord and loved serving Him with her whole heart. She could often be found praising and clapping in the front row each week!
Celeste was artistic and very crafty. She excelled at ceramics, drawing, and sewing. Celeste was also a baker extraordinaire, with many go-to fan favorites including banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, and spice cake. She even pioneered the Groundhog’s Day gingerbread cookie before it was popular! Celeste loved music and she loved to dance, especially to the oldies and Frankie Valli. If you ask anyone, they’ll tell you about her amazing dance moves!
Celeste took great pleasure in the little things, including a warm cup of coffee and a donut for a sweet treat. She was an avid recycler and even went out of her way to pick up bottles and cans along the high school campus to save them from going in the trash. In the same vein, she enjoyed garage sale hopping and finding old treasures a new home at Trader Jack’s Flea Market during the summer months.
Animals also had a special place in Celeste’s heart. She often was a pet sitter for friends’ and neighbors’ dogs and cats. A self-proclaimed “Deer Whisperer,” she loved feeding the many deer who made their home in the surrounding woods. They even took bread from her hand!
Most of all, Celeste loved people and cherished her family and friends. She loved to joke and laugh. She was incredibly proud of her children and all of their accomplishments throughout their lives. Her kids were her true joy and greatest achievement. Thankfully, she also lived to see three beautiful grandchildren come into this world and she was able to spend quality time with them after she retired.
Celeste and her children would like to thank the MANY people who supported her through her life journey, including her Another Level Ministries church family, her sister, Charlotte, her loving caregivers: Amanda, Rosemary, and Karen, the staff at Prime Time Adult Care, and the supportive team at Gallagher Hospice. It truly takes a village and God blessed Celeste to have everything she needed every step of the way.
Family and friends will be received on Friday, April 14, 2023, at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317, from 4 – 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023, 10 a.m., at Another Level Ministries (Grace Life Campus), 4555 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Celeste’s name may be made to Prime Time Adult Care, 44 Highland Rd., Bethel Park, PA 15102.