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Catherine Kelly, mother of Father Paul Kelly, dies at 82

DENISON - Catherine Ann Kelly, 82, mother of Father Paul Kelly, died Aug. 30 at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sept. 2 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Denison with her son, Father Paul J. Kelly as celebrant. Graveside prayers and interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fonda. Visitation was held on Sept. 1 at St. Rose of Lima Church where a Legion of Mary Rosary was prayed and a Parish Vigil Service was held. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Ann Kelly was born in Waterloo, Iowa, March 20, 1929, the daughter of Martin and Margaret McGrath Lilly. She was raised at Fonda, Iowa, where she received her elementary and high school education at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School from which she graduated in 1947. Following high school she furthered her education at the State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for two years where she received her teaching certificate.

On March 31, 1951, Catherine was united in marriage with Louis Kelly at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, Iowa. Their union was blessed with three children, Michael, Cynthia and Paul. The family made their home in rural Marathon where they farmed and Catherine lovingly cared for her family. Louis died May 4, 1975.

Following the death of her husband, Catherine remained on the farm until 1980 when she moved to Sioux Rapids, Iowa. As someone who liked to stay busy, she was employed for five years as the cook at the Sioux Rapids Care Center. On July 6th of this year Catherine moved to Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison.
In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, Rosary making and socializing with family and friends. She was devoted to her Catholic Faith and was a long time active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids where she was a member of the Ladies Guild, D.C.C.W, served funeral dinners and was a CCD teacher.

Those remaining to cherish her memory include two sons: Michael Kelly of Rembrandt, Iowa, and Father Paul J. Kelly of Denison, Iowa; son-in-law: Gerald Johnson of Fonda, Iowa; three grandchildren: Rachael and husband, John Parker of Des Moines, Iowa, Thomas Johnson of Ames, Iowa and Kelly Johnson of Iowa City, Iowa; two sisters: Harriet and husband, George Green of Springfield, Nebraska and Eleanor and husband, Robert Weiler of York, Nebraska, other relatives and friends.

Including her parents, Martin and Margaret Lilly, and her husband, Louis, Catherine was also preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Johnson and her brother, Thomas Lilly.
Online condolences may be directed to www.pfannebecker.com.

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