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Frank Celeste, father of Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste, died...

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Frank Celeste, father of Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste, died Wednesday of complications associated with liver and colon cancer. He was 81.

The elder Celeste's family, including the governor, was with him when he died at Cleveland Clinic, where he had undergone surgery Oct. 11.

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The governor proceeded with plans to host 'Capital for a Day' Wednesday night in suburban Lakewood, where his father was mayor from 1956-63.

A memorial service was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood United Methodist Church. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the church or to the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation.

Celeste, a native of Cerisano, Italy, emigrated to Pennsylvania with his mother and father in 1909. He later became president of the National Housing Corp., a real estate development firm in Cleveland which built low- and moderate-income housing.

Celeste was widely believed to have saved his son's gubernatorial candidacy in 1982 when he loaned him money to continue in the Democratic primary campaign, which he narrowly won.

The elder Celeste declared bankruptcy several years ago, and those proceedings are continuing in Lucas County.

He is survived by his widow, Peg; a son, Ted, 43, of Columbus; a daughter Pat, 47, of Cleveland; 11 grandchildren and two great-gradnchildren.

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