Celina Byrnes

Celina Byrnes

Sept. 14, 1939-Sept. 2, 2017

Mrs. Celine Patricia Byrnes passed away at her residence on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. 

Celine was born in Butte on Sept. 14, 1939, the daughter of Emmett and Celestine (Caron) Regan.

Celine attended St. Mary’s Parochial School and graduated from Girls Central High School.  After graduation she received training at the old St. James Hospital and Carroll College to earn her degree in nursing.  She worked as a nurse at the original location of St. James Hospital, O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, California, and the Butte Park Royal Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She also worked as a school nurse at Robert Sanders Elementary School in San Jose. 

Celine married Robert William Byrnes in St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Dec. 28, 1963.  He preceded her in death on May 17, 2016.

In spite of her hectic schedule as a healthcare provider, Celine was a devoted wife and mother.  She enjoyed cooking and baking.  Her family and friends were especially fond of her apple pie.  A dessert she excelled in baking.  She also spent countless pleasant hours pheasant hunting with her husband and children.  She often could be found enjoying the company of friends; playing Bingo or Keno, or a relaxing game of cards.  With the maiden name of Regan, and a married name of Byrnes, her membership in the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians was almost mandatory.  During her quiet time, she loved solving crossword puzzles, accompanied with Lay’s Potato Chips or Jelly Beans.  She had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren.  Their company always “perked her up”.

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In addition to her husband and her parents, Celine was preceded in death by her son, Robert W. Byrnes II, and her sisters, Marie Vye, Julie McGrath, and Francis Rader. 

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Marnie Byrnes, and Maura and Justin Sweet; her sons and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Deborah Byrnes, and Sean Byrnes; and her grandchildren, Megan and Michelle Stankovich, J.C. and Rebecca Byrnes, and Justin, Kiely, Cody, and Kaycee Sweet.  She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Rhyder, and Kayden; her sisters and brother-in- law, Ellen Kearns, and Margaret and Terry Franklin; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Pat and Ellie Regan, Dan Regan, Mike Regan, Jim and Doris Regan, and Tom Regan; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless cherished friends, including Carol Mullholland.  A special thank you goes out to the staff of Compassus Hospice, who were just like an extension of her family.

Friends are asked to join the family Friday after 10 a.m. in St. Ann’s Catholic Church.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. 

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