Francis Xavier ‘Frank’ Celeste, 78


Francis Xavier “Frank” Celeste, 78, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Annapolis, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was born in New York City on June 15, 1940, son of the late John Carl Celeste and Mildred (Vurchio) Celeste.

Celeste proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., and his master’s degree in political science from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y.

He briefly taught history and political science at Farleigh Dickinson University and then at Anne Arundel Community College. He spent the majority of his career as a budget analyst — first for the Department of Defense, and retiring from work for the National Security Agency in 2004, after 33 years of service.

As his children were growing up, Celeste served as a Little League coach and soccer coach with the Green Hornets in Severna Park, Md. He later faithfully served his community by volunteering his time with several organizations in the Delaware coast area. He was the Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #9053 in Ocean City, Md., also serving as the membership chairman. He was a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge #2474 in Ocean City, Md., and the Mason Dixon VFW Post #7234 in Ocean View, Del.

Celeste had a deep devotion to his Catholic faith and was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md., and volunteered with the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Ocean City, Md. He was also an animal lover and enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Celeste is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Adrienne Elizabeth (Campora) Celeste; three sons, John Celeste and his wife, Christine, of Pasadena, Md., Francis Celeste of Salisbury, Md., and Peter Celeste and his wife, Jordan, of Winter Park, Fla.; two granddaughters, Sophia and Francesca Celeste; two sisters, Prudence Murphy and her husband, James, of Plymouth, Mass., and Camille Sambor and her husband, Ralph, of Farmington, Conn.; and his beloved dog Lucy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Sept. 17, 2018, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Ocean City, Md. Interment was to be held at a later date, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, by visiting www.stjude.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.