Xaveris K. Kelley, 88, of Akron, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at the City City Convalescent Care Center in Akron.
Xaveris Kelley was born March 5, 1916, at rural Merrill, the daughter of John and Katherine (Wiltgen) Hoffmann. She graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic School in Le Mars, and attended National Business Training (NBT) School. She was employed as a secretary at Booth Fisheries in Sioux City for two years and cooked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Sioux City until 1939.
Mrs. Kelley then cooked at the Akron Bowl for five years, followed by 17 years at the Hi-Way Café in Akron.
The couple lived in Sioux City until 1943 when they moved to a farm west of Merrill. The family then moved to a farm east of Westfield, where they lived from 1949 until 1978, when they moved to Akron.
Mrs. Kelley was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Akron, the Catholic Daughters and the Embroidery Club. She enjoyed bowling until 2002, and also enjoyed quilting and cross stitch.
Survivors include eight sons, Dan Kelley of Burlington, N.C., Jerry Kelly and his wife, Mary, of Hawarden, Pat Kelley of Burlington, Tom Kelley and his wife, Jeannie, of Sioux City, Tim Kelley and his wife, Donna, of Akron, Jim Kelley and his wife, Betty, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Bob Kelley of Akron, Rick Kelley and his wife, Ronelle of Akron; three daughters, Jan Embrey and her husband, Lew, of Claflin, Kan., Garnet Buum and her husband, Gary, of McPherson, Kan., and Nancy Kelley of Oberlin, Ohio; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Doloris Hall of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and one brother, Jack Hoffmann.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Akron with Msgr. Richard Zenk officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Schroeder Funeral Home in Akron, with a short informal tribute at 7 p.m.