Bock Funeral Home

1500 Mt. Royal Boulevard
Glenshaw, PA 15116


Dolores W. Cessar

Monday, June 22, 2020

Dolores W. Cessar was born in 1928 in Etna, PA.   She was the daughter of Dr. Alvin and Pearl Whitehill.  She was the beloved wife to Rick Cessar for 70 years.  She was the loving mother to Deacon Rick (Sandy), Chris Murray (Tom), Candace Skiles (Greg), Robert (Linda) and Scott (Joyce).  She was grandmother to Lauryn (husband Stephen), Katie, Bobby and Claire (fiancé Bob), step grandmother to Kristine and Sandra, and great grandmother to Mila and Kristof.  During the last five years of her life, she was greatly loved and taken care of by Riquetta (Ricki) Brown and the wonderful staff at Sunrise Assisted Living in McCandless. Dolores was a professional dancer in her youth and a majorette in high school.  She instilled a strong work ethic in her children, always teaching them to love and support one another.  She was generous and caring, as demonstrated by her community involvement.  She served as president of the Etna PTA, member of the All Saints Parish Council where she started several fundraisers including an international food fair, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Area Multi-Service Center located in Sharpsburg.  She worked side-by-side with her husband in his role as state representative for 24 years helping constituents who called or stopped by the house and also campaigned and worked the polls as a Republican committeeperson in Etna.  In the winter months, the two of them would attend at least seven or eight volunteer fire company banquets throughout Etna, Shaler, Sharpsburg, O’Hara and Hampton.  At those banquets and at weddings, Dolores and Rick were always the best dancers on the floor, be it a waltz or a polka.  As her children grew older, Dolores went back to work as a bank teller at Laurel Savings & Loan branches in Morningside and in Shaler.  She was beloved by her customers for her friendship and guidance with their banking.  Dolores was also very tough.  She was robbed twice in her career as a bank teller at the point of a gun, once to her head and once to her chest.  Each time she went back to work the next day.  Dolores loved to read and all of her children followed her lead.  She particularly loved murder mysteries and true crime books.  Dolores loved vacations at the beach, particularly Kiawah Island, SC where she and Rick would spend the winter.  As her husband was away from home a good bit as a state representative, the two of them made a point to go out for dinner on Saturday nights at the Etna Elks or a variety of local restaurants.  Dolores always enjoyed a glass of Old Grand Dad bourbon on the rocks to start.  In later years, the two of them had their ritual of sharing a drink and cheese and crackers every afternoon. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, viewing and internment are private. All family and friends are invited to celebrate Dolores’ life at a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa of Avila Church on Thursday at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Foundation for the Autoimmunity Institute, 44th Floor, 600 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Arr. By Bock Funeral Home, Ltd. Glenshaw.                    


Robert Cox 22-Jun-2020 07:58 PM

Dear Mr. Cessar and Family, You have my deepest sympathies for your loss.

Dale Winning 23-Jun-2020 01:53 AM

To mr. Cessar and family,
My deepest sympathy on the passing of Mrs. Cessar. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Carol Yagusic 23-Jun-2020 06:14 AM

Mr.Cessar and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

David Katich 23-Jun-2020 07:04 AM

Mr. Cessar and family, thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.

Karen (Farbacher) Martin 23-Jun-2020 07:41 AM

Mr. Cessar and Family
You have my sympathy, she was a great person. I have lots of memories of her and your family.

Sandy Pawluk Gapsky 23-Jun-2020 09:05 AM

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Cesar family.

Lisa Kaiser Busha 23-Jun-2020 09:21 AM

Mr. Cessar, I am so sorry for your beloved loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this devastating time. Much love, your campaign girl from when I was 5. "If I could only vote".

Lynda Kotchey Broze 23-Jun-2020 09:25 AM

Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. I remember Delores well; as a child she was a great inspiration to all of us.

Sally A. (Koedel) Borland 23-Jun-2020 11:03 AM

Mr. Cessar and family, my husband David and I send our sincere sympathy in the loss of one great woman, your wife and Mom. Delores and my Mom, Anna Mae Koedel were great friends. We share your loss and grief. Thoughts and prayers from us to you.

Denise Dougherty Kunz 23-Jun-2020 11:25 AM

To the Cessar Family,
My deepest sympathy at the loss of a truly beautiful person. No matter when I would see Mrs. Cessar, she would always stop to say hello and ask how our family was. We all have so many fun memories of your Mom and your family from the block parties on Byerley Avenue. May all of the wonderful memories you have of your wife/mom help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kathy Arentz Sterling 23-Jun-2020 12:14 PM

Please accept our sincere condolences on behalf of the Arentz family.

Tim Counihan 23-Jun-2020 12:33 PM

“Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.” Prv 3:16 Rick and family. So sorry about the loss of your Mother. Everyone can see from her beautiful obituary that she left a wonderful legacy of wisdom, faith and love for her family and friends. I will keep her and all of you in my prayers. Tim Counihan (Diaconate Class of 2024)

Amanda Rae 23-Jun-2020 12:50 PM

To the Cessar Family and my buddy Rick , I am sending the warmest of hugs and kisses to you all during this difficult time.

Stan and Jackie Szafranski 23-Jun-2020 08:02 PM

So sorry for your loss. Dolores was a very special lady who enlivened every event she attended!

John Seserko 23-Jun-2020 08:04 PM

Dear Cessar Family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Mrs. C. I hope you know just how much I care for your mom and dad, and I will never forget everything they have done for me. I am out of town and will not be able to attend the service on Thursday, but please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. On behalf of the Seserko family, our sincere sympathy.

Bonnie Haberman Koroly 23-Jun-2020 09:24 PM

Sorry sorry for your loss. You are all in my heart and prayers. I have many wonderful memories of your family.

Patrick Ballintine 23-Jun-2020 10:35 PM

Thoughts, memories and prayers
to the family.

Ellen Trdina 24-Jun-2020 01:19 AM

Mr Cessar & family, our most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wife. Thoughts & prayers go out to you.

Linda Rozinak,-Earwood1q¹ 24-Jun-2020 10:31 AM

My deepest condolences to the family. I remember playing in your yard as a . child. Rest with God!

Tom Koedel 01-Jul-2020 03:42 PM

Mr Cessar and family, my wife, Harriett, and are very sorry for the loss of your wife and Mother. My parents, Jack and Anna Mae Koedel were friends of Delores and Rick. I remember many fun family outings with the Cessar family including at Tionesta. Good thoughts and prayers to the family for your loss of a fantastic Mother.

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