Celestino Franco Nunez
May 19, 1936 - September 8, 2017

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Celestino Franco Nunez, 81, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017, at his home.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017, at St. Mathias Church. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship at Gannon Hall will follow the burial. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home.

Celestino was born on May 19, 1936, in Mexico, the son of Elpidio Franco and Juvencia Nunez. He was married to Cristina Medina for 58 years. She preceded him in death.

He was a member of Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish. He also enjoyed playing baseball in his younger years and watching soccer.

Those left to honor his memory include three sons, Elpidio Franco and wife, Mayela, Jose Franco and wife, Virginia, and Jose C. Franco and wife, Clara; three daughters, Alicia Rivas and late husband, Francisco, Aurora Olivas and husband, Andres, and Cristina Murillo and husband, Jose M; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Jose Manuel Nunez; and one sister, Justina Franco Valdez.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Tomasa Franco, Rafael Franco, and Severina Franco.

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Visitation Information

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Sun, September 10, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

Service Information

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Date & Time

Mon, September 11, 2017
10:00 AM


St. Mathias Church
215 West Eighth Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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