Sarajane Cebula, 91, died September 12, in her home at Nehalem Bay House, Nehalem, Oregon.
Sarajane was born in Detroit, MI to Henry and Jane Rissi. She was the oldest of five children, growing up during the Great Depression. She married Joseph A. Cebula in 1946 and moved to Gardena, California. Although Sarajane worked as a secretary and office manager during and after the war years, her greatest calling was motherhood. She had five children and enjoyed being a full time “mom”. Longtime resident of Fort Bragg, California (1976-2009), Sarajane was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, an award winning volunteer with the Sherwood Oaks Auxiliary, and a member of the Mendocino Coast Doll Club. After moving in 2009 to Nehalem, Oregon, she continued to sing with the choir at St. Peter the Fisherman’s Catholic Church in Arch Cape. Sarajane enjoyed celebrating holidays and was happiest when she was hosting family and friends in her home. She was an exceptional letter writer who maintained an extensive correspondence with friends and family. She was an avid doll collector who enjoyed playing Scrabble and caring for her talkative Siamese, Sassy Cat. Sarajane was admired for her kindness, generosity, and spiritual faith. She will be missed greatly by her loved ones and those who knew her. Sarajane was preceded in death by her beloved husband and parents. She is survived by her children Carol (Jeff) Kracht of Escalante, UT, Janemarie Singer of Ocean View, HI, Susan Tone (Phil Blanton) of Nehalem, OR, Alison Cebula (Adam Hutchins) of Fort Bragg, CA, Joseph H. Cebula (Jeff Anderson) of Tamworth, NH; siblings Henry, Alice, Isabel, and Robert; grandchildren Lisette, Emily, and Bryan; and great-grandchild Naomi. A private graveside blessing was attended by family on September 19 at Rose Memorial Park in Fort Bragg, CA. A memorial will take place in Fort Bragg at a future date.