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Delores Winnifred Kelly
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Dear Classes of 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 2001, 2003 and 2005:

This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Delores Winnifred Kelly on Wednesday, Sept. 6th.

Delores was the mother of Jeffery Kelly ('71), Michael Kelly ('73), J. Patrick Kelly ('75), Steven Kelly* ('76), Lori (Kelly) Schaefer* ('79) and the grandmother of Shanley graduates Jason Kelly ('01), Kristina Kelly ('03) and Laura Kelly ('05).



Delores Winnifred Kelly, age 92, passed away peacefully in her home on September 6, surrounded by her loved ones. Delores was born August 16, 1925 in Millarton, ND. Her parents were Gerald and Katherine (Winters) Beckerleg.  She grew up on a farm in Marion, ND and attended a one-room school. After high school, she received a two-year teaching certificate and returned to Marion to teach in the same school.  She moved to Fargo in 1945 where she met her husband John (Jack) Kelly at a CYO dance.  They were united in marriage on June 23, 1951 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo. They were blessed with five children: Jeffery (Margaret Hulbert), Michael (Cathy), J. Patrick (Valerie), Steven (Mary), and Lori (Mike) Schaefer. 

Her two passions were her faith and her family.  Delores enjoyed volunteering at St. Mary’s parish and school in Fargo. She was a devoted caregiver to many friends and family throughout her life. Delores was a kind mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her loving home was filled with cookies, lemon drops, and warm hugs for all. 

Delores is survived by her five children, sixteen grandchildren: Katie, Zach, Sam, Peter, Sarah, Matt, Jason, Kristina, Laura, John, Mike, Colleen, Michael, Kathleen, Joseph, Jacquelyn; eight great-grandchildren: Harper, Hannah, Maria, Stella, Colton, Coralynn, Roman, Adeline; and two sisters: Geraldine Price and Mary Lou (Duane) Thoreson. 

Preceding Delores in death were her parents; husband: Jack; infant sister: Thelma; sister: Delaine Teigen; brothers: Johnie, Homer, Donald, and Charles Beckerleg.

Delores’ life will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Catholic Church (4125 Woodbury Dr, St Paul, MN 55129) at 11am, Saturday, September 16 with visitation at 10am. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent  to Woodbury Estates Senior Living and The Jack and Delores Kelly Scholarship Fund at Shanley High School in Fargo, ND.




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