Celia Harper, 1926 FHS graduate

Celia K. Harper, 102, of Syracuse, died peacefully Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Loretto Cunningham Nursing Home in Syracuse.

She was born Aug. 9, 1909 in Rawson, N.Y., the daughter of Ward and Madge (Lewis) Karns.  She was predeceased by husband, Frank in 1978; her daughter, Judy Svensson in 1999; and her brother, Ward Karns in 1945.

Mrs. Harper graduated from Fulton High School in 1926 and attended Syracuse University.  he was employed at the Sealright in Fulton.

After marrying Frank in 1936, they moved to the Syracuse area and resided in Lyncourt. She was a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout den mother, a Lyncourt School band booster and taught furniture refinishing and stenoscript in the Lyncourt school adult education program.

After surviving breast cancer in 1958, she began to work at Syracuse University library, completed her degree at SU in 1968 and retired in 1974.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Syracuse where she volunteered as a historian/archivist. She also volunteered for Syracuse Meals On Wheels, the Onondaga Historical Association, and at the Hutchings Psychiatric Center where she was recognized as volunteer of the year in 1993.

She is survived by her twin sons, Richard J. of Liverpool and Peter W. (Elaine) of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a brother, Richard Karns of Batavia; a sister, Marjorie Naioti of Fulton; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were held Thursday Carter Funeral Home, Syracuse.  Services were held yesterday at the funeral home and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to a favorite cancer charity.

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