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Obituary: Celia Spatz LoPinto

Celia Spatz LoPinto, 83, formerly of Sands Point, passed away on Dec. 4, 2009 in San Francisco, CA.

Born on Dec. 22, 1925, daughter of the late Morris Spatz and Rose Borowitz Spatz. She was predeceased by her parents, husband John James LoPinto in 2000 and sister Dorothy Spatz Huntington in 1991.

She graduated from W.C. Mepham High School, North Bellmore, in 1942 and Columbia University School of Architecture in 1948. Soon after, working for an architect in New York City, she met John LoPinto. Celia and John were married in 1951, and remained married for nearly 49 years.

In the early 1960s, Celia and John designed and built their contemporary home on Half Moon Lane in Sands Point. With children Christopher, Louise and Andrea, they loved living in their unique home near the beach.

Prompted by the “Space Race” of the 1960s, Celia and a small group of women friends had a vision for science education in their community. They founded the Science Museum of Long Island in 1963, holding classes in empty storefronts. Later, the museum found a home at the Leeds Pond Preserve in Plandome, where it has provided hands-on science education for children and families for 46 years.

When Celia and John moved to San Francisco in 1978, Celia discovered a new passion in quilting. She took classes, became active in quilt organizations, and created many beautiful quilts. Celia was a bright and talented woman with many interests, who shared her love and energy with family, friends and community in New York and California. She will be forever loved and forever missed.

She is survived by her loving family: Christopher LoPinto of Napa, CA; Louise LoPinto Hutchison, husband Evan, and children Benjamin and William of Warwick, NY; and Andrea LoPinto, husband Robert Carr, and children Ian and Rose of San Francisco, CA.

She was laid to rest at Mount Ararat Cemetery, Farmingdale. A celebration of Celia’s life will be held in San Francisco at a later date. Information at:

Donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 ( or the American Quilt Study Group, 1610 L St., Lincoln, NE 68508-2509 (