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Mary Ann Kelly

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mary Ann Kelly, 86, of Le Mars, died early Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.

Mary Ann Weber was born July 29, 1925, in Le Mars, the daughter of Victor and Anna (Wilhelmi) Weber. Mary Ann attended St. Joseph Catholic School through the 8th grade and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1944.

As a young girl, Mary Ann was a show horse rider with a horse owned by Dr. Bruscher.

At an early age, Mary was an accomplished bowler; taught by her father, a national bowling champion, and family.

Mary Ann was united in marriage to Ron Kelly May 22, 1946, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars. Ron and Mary Ann were blessed with six children: Paul, David, Ann, Kevin, Jean Marie, and Jane.

Mary Ann had been a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she had been a member of the Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters organizations. She had also been a past president of the parish Guild. She was a very accomplished musician, having played the piano and having sung in the church choir.

Mary Ann and Ron enjoyed spending many winters in Mesa, Ariz. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends in her home. She also enjoyed the occasional trip to a casino to play the slots.

As her health declined, in October 2010, she moved to Plymouth Manor Care Center.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Ron of Le Mars; six children: Paul Kelly of Oyens, David Kelly of Le Mars, Ann Kelly of Eugene, Ore., Kevin Kelly of Chandler, Ariz., Jean Marie Houlihan and her husband Tom of North Aurora, Ill., and Jane Forett and her husband Mike of Ankeny; grandchildren: Jason Kelly, Justin Kelly, Tess Kelly-Forett, Camille Kelly-Forett, Katherine Houlihan, Andira Houlihan, Kevin Houlihan, Mary Houlihan, Monique Kelly, Lewis Kelly, Christopher Kelly, and Matthew Kelly; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Dull of Lee's Summit, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. A combined Catholic Daughters and Christian Mother's Rosary will be at 4 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. vigil wake service Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Visitations will continue Wednesday morning at the church after 10 a.m. until service time. Arrangements are with the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

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