Helen Kelley

Helen M. Kelley, age 81, of Faribault, MN passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault, MN following a brief illness. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, May 27 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault, MN. Interment was held at the St. Lawrence Cemetery, Faribault, MN. The family prefers that memorials be directed to IRIS, Infants Remembered In Silence, in memory of Helen.

Helen Marguerite, the daughter of Emmet and Irene (Bresenahan) Dougherty, was born November 7, 1934 in Harpers Ferry. She attended St. Patrick’s High School in Waukon and graduated with the Class of 1952.

November 12, 1957 she was united in marriage to Mark Francis Kelley at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Waukon. Helen worked as a computer operator at an accountant’s office and later worked for 15 years in the accounting office for KGP Logistics. Mark preceded her in death September 20, 2009.

Helen enjoyed working in her flower gardens and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary in Faribault, MN.

She is survived by her children, Diana Sundwall of Faribault, MN and Gary Kelley and Wendy Adams of Pekin, IL; by six grandchildren, Angie Sundwall of La Crosse, WI, Andy Sundwall of Faribault, MN, Jeff Sundwall of Steamboat Springs, CO, Caitlin Sundwall of Faribault, MN, and Krista Kelley and fiancé Nick Starcevich, Jason Kelley, and Shawn, Cody and Shelby Null, all of Pekin, IL; six great-grandchildren, Madelyn Starcevich and Dallas, Alexis, Hayden, Hunter and McKenzieRae Null of Pekin, IL; three brothers, John (Rita) Dougherty of Waukon, Joe (Jean) Dougherty of Elkader and Jim (Ilene) Dougherty of Dorchester; her sister, Alice Johnson of Cedar Rapids; her brother-in-law, John Urell of Waukon; and longtime family friend, Bob Thorson of Faribault, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her grandson, Derek Sundwall; her brother, Donald Dougherty; and two sisters, Mary (Mark) Wagner and Lela Urell.

For online tributes and further information visit www.ParkerKohlFuneralHome.com.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet