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Obituary: Kathleen M. Kelly

Kathleen M. Kelly passed away on Sept. 18, 2011. Kathleen, nee O’Leary 89, of Manhasset, passed away at home surrounded by loving family and friends.

Kathleen and her beloved late husband, Jack, had been residents of Manhasset for some 52 years where they raised five children all of whom attended St. Mary’s elementary and high schools. Kathleen was a loving and devoted mother to John (Carol) of Oakton, VA., Shawn (Carol) of Manhasset, Christine Fabbri (Eugene) of Fairfield, CT., Brian (Gail) of Manhasset and was predeceased by her loving youngest child, Timothy (Julie) of Port Washington who was a victim of the attack on America on 9/11. She is survived by 14 glorious grandchildren whom she adored and she outlived all five of her O’Leary brothers.

“Kate” was a graduate of Trinity College of Washington, D.C., class of 1945, and later obtained a graduate degree at Columbia’s Teachers College. At the time it was unusual, to say the least, for women to graduate from college with a four-year degree much less to go on to graduate school. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Manhasset at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 and the main celebrant was the Reverend Frank Caldwell, pastor of St. Martha’s Church in Uniondale. The homilist was Deacon Frank Bice and both Msgr. Caldwell and Deacon Frank Bice were close friends of the family and residents of Manhasset. Father Peter LeJack of Maryland, another family friend and also from Manhasset, concelebrated the Mass.

“Kate,” as her grandchildren referred to her, will be forever remembered for the deep and abiding friendships she developed and nurtured both in Manhasset and Stuyvesant Town where she and Jack lived when first married. She will also be remembered for her loyal companionship to her devoted husband Jack with whom she golfed at numerous golf courses during their many vacations and as a loyal first “mate” as they sailed together aboard the Christine IV throughout the local waterways of the Long Island Sound and the intercoastal waterways near Jupiter, Florida.