Cecelia McMath

Cecelia L. "CeCe" McMath (Simmons)

Friday, May 30th, 1958 - Monday, April 19th, 2021
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Cecelia L. McMath was born on May 30, 1958, in Chicago IL. She was the sixth child born to the cherished union of the late Emil and Dolores Patricia Simmons.

Cecelia (favorably known by all as “Cece”), received her education in the Chicago public schools, most notably, Cooley High. She would attend an afterschool program at the Lower North YMCA where she became an avid swimmer. She would later instruct other beginner swimmers. In those early years, Cece would go on long walks with her best friend, Wanda. Their leisure walks will end up at places like Lincoln Park and Conservatory, Old Town, museums, and many historical landmarks.

Cece met the love of her life, William "Bill" McMath in 1980. Their relationship flourished and they were married on May 28, 1983. Cece embraced her role as a full-time wife and mother, but as the kids got older, she decided to enter the workforce and gained employment as a housekeeper. Within months, she began supervising the workers as well as provided their transportation. But the job that fulfilled her most was her children. Cece doted on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and dedicated all her time and energy to her family whom she dearly loved.

In 2000, Cece and her family relocated to Kenosha, WI. She embraced her new surroundings began attending a local church. It was apparent that her role in the church was needed and instantaneously, she became head of the kitchen. She cooked, served, and cleaned the entire church regularly. Her talents would later lead her to organize the clothes and food drives for the church. While in these roles, Cece observed other areas of the church that needed her attention. She would oversee the classrooms and organized outings and playtime for the children. The kids adored her! Cece was the unsung hero of her congregation and the essence of the ministry she served so graciously.

Her past-time favorites include reading romance novels, cooking, shopping, watching old movies, playing the slots, dancing, and playing cards with friends and family while listening and singing to R&B “oldies but goodies”. Occasionally she would break out in song and dance to country music.

On April 19, 2021, Cecelia made her transition to eternal rest, at home with her family at her bedside. She leaves to cherish her memory: Her husband of 37 years, William McMath; her children, Shavonne Simmons, William McMath Jr., Tamara McMath, and Orlando McMath; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her siblings, Lyniece Simmons, Dolores Childs, Glen Simmons, Marlon (Towanda) Simmons, Irene Smith, Cynthia (Beydon) Bailey, Brigid (Jonathan) English, and Regina (Eddie) Blakney; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Cece was preceded in death by her son, Lavonte McMath, four children in infancy, and brothers, Emil Simmons Jr. and Gregory Simmons.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021, at Proko Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00 noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, 7307 40th Avenue, Kenosha. To livestream the Mass visit Interment will follow in Sunset Ridge Memorial Park, Kenosha, WI.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 10:30am - 11:15am
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 12:00pm
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    7307-40th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53142
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Roman Stikel
  • Interment

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 2:00pm
    Sunset Ridge Memorial Park
    4300 Green Bay Road, 4300 Green Bay Road
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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