Note: Publication: Seattle Times Published: July 9, 2006 Headline: Cecelia S. Roop Cecelia Roop, daughter of Charles and Hannah Schick, born on February 16, 1909 died June 26, 2006 after a valiant struggle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After being graduated from Davenport High School, she studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where she majored in biology and was valedictorian of the class of 1931. She worked at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY as a medical technician and nursing instructor until marriage to Fred Urban brought her in 1934 to Verona, NJ where she lived until 1959. Her involvement with the Girl Scouts is still remembered by the many women whose lives she touched. She enjoyed taking part in the local theater group, performing monologues, and playing the cello. In 1959, she packed up her VW Beetle and drove herself to Seattle, a place which had cast a spell on her when, she visited with her family as a young girl. She served as Activities Director for the Columbia Lutheran Home, the Hearthstone, and Hamilton House. In 1969, she married Milford Roop. It was in the same year that the minister of the Wedgewood Presbyterian Church suggested she start a group for seniors. Thus the Jet Set was born, a group that started with 19 people and subsequently grew to over 400 people from all over Seattle. In 1977, the Senior Kiwanis Club honored her by bestowing on her the title of Citizen of the Year. Nine years ago she moved to the Hearthstone where she continued her volunteer work. In addition to participating in various capacities with the Seattle Art Museum, she served on many committees at the Hearthstone. She was President of the Residents Council and was the Hearthstones liaison with SHH, a group for the hard of hearing and deaf. The latter was particularly important to her because a congenital condition gradually caused her to lose most of her hearing. She was predeceased in death by a son, Charles Urban and by her husband Milford Roop. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joanna and Alex Conrad of Nutley NJ; by her grandsons, Alexander Conrad of Seattle and Erik Conrad of New York City; by her stepson and his wife, Milford and Nadia Roop; by many stepgrand and greatgrandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 15, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hearthstone Chapel. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Hearthstone Memorial Fund, 6720 East Greenlake Way Drive N, Seattle, WA 98103 or to Wedgewood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave., Seattle, WA 98115 or to the charity of your choice.
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