Mary E. Kelly
1919 – 2012
Woodstock – Mary (Praskiewicz) Kelly, 92, of Rawson Rd., died Monday, March 12, 2012, in Westview Healthcare Center. She was the loving wife of the late Edmund N. Kelly. They were married on May 8, 1943 in North Grosvenordale. Born in Southbridge, MA, she was the daughter of the late Isidore and Josephine (Pupko) Praskiewicz.
Mrs. Kelly grew up in Worcester, moved to Thompson in 1935, and graduated from Tourtellotte High School in 1936. She was the librarian at the North Woodstock Library for over 35 years, and taught piano in her home in Woodstock. From 1972 until 1981, she along with her husband operated Kelly’s Tire in Putnam and she continued working at Kelly’s until her death. She loved sports and played singles tennis until the age of 80. She was a member of Quinnatisset Country Club, golfing into her 90’s. She also bowled in the Tuesday morning women’s league in Brooklyn, a proud member of the “Coconuts,” until last month. She loved to watch the Boston Celtics play basketball and never missed a game.
Mary is survived by her daughter Lynn Kelly and her husband Dan Avery; her sons Paul Kelly, Dennis Kelly and his wife Kathie; and her granddaughter Erin Kelly. She was predeceased by her brother Stanley and her sister Peggy.
At Mary’s request, funeral services are private. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the North Woodstock Library, 1286 Rte. 169, Woodstock, CT 06281. Gilman Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.