Priscilla Wentworth Cedar, 94, Wausau, died Thursday April 2, 2020 at Stonecrest, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
She was born August 8, 1925 in Sommersworth, New Hampshire, daughter of the late Raymond and Pauline (McIntire) Wentworth. On May 29, 1948 she married Robert Cedar in Manchester, New Hampshire. He preceded her in death March 6, 2005.
Those who were close to Priscilla know that she generously and wholeheartedly dedicated her life to caring for those around her—as a wife, mother, grandmother, healthcare worker, and community member.
In the mid 1940’s Priscilla trained to be a Dental Hygienist at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston, MA. She worked as a Dental Hygienist in Worcester and Boston, MA and then later in Crystal Lake, IL, when her children were old enough for her to return to work.
Her second career began in 1969 when her husband, Bob, graduated from Chicago Theological Seminary and began his second career as an ordained United Church of Christ minister. For the next 30 plus years they served the communities of Ft. Atkinson WI, River Edge NJ, and Freedom, NH. Priscilla played an active role in church ministry alongside Bob in the churches where he served as pastor, and was involved in countless church related groups and organizations. These labors of love included roasting and selling peanuts with a group in Fort Atkinson to support the church, women’s circles knitting prayer shawls, numerous church socials and suppers, and other forms of community outreach and support. And every Sunday, Priscilla could be found singing in the church choir.
Priscilla was a 50-year member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization supporting and celebrating the advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans.
In 2004, Priscilla moved to Wausau, WI after her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She and Bob moved in with their daughter Nancy, who has been Priscilla’s caretaker for these last few years. Priscilla was a member of Wausau’s First United Methodist Church and local PEO Chapter CO.
She is survived by her two children, Nancy Cedar of Wausau, WI and Bruce Cedar (Nonnie Hamovitch) of Brookline, MA. Priscilla was the proud grandmother of five exceptional granddaughters; Tessa Cedar, Arielle Cedar, Emma Cedar, Erin Seybold (Ramsey Meigs) and Kate Seybold (Jake Hauschild).
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Patricia of Nashua, NH, and her brother Carlton of Madbury, NH.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday October 14, 2021 at First Universalist Unitarian Church, Wausau. The family will greet friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Masks are required for all those in attendance. An outdoor reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in her to name to the Homme Foundation or Alzheimer’s Association.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
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