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John R. Kelly
John R. Kelly, 80, of Bethlehem, PA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at St. Lukes Hospital Anderson Campus surrounded by family. John (Jack) was born on September 18, 1932, in Chest Springs, PA, son of the late Joseph Russell and Marie Eleanor (Schenk) Kelly. He was the husband of Mary Ellen (Boland) Kelly. They celebrated 57 years of marriage on June 11, 2012. Mr. Kelly was a graduate of Cresson High School, Cresson, PA, 1950, and a Rensselaer Science & Math Honors Awardee. He proudly served from 1952 through 1954 in The United States Army in the Korean Conflict where he was twice awarded Commendation Letters for Meritorious Service, received a Commendation Ribbon with Medal for Meritorious Service, nominated for a Bronze Star and achieved the rank of Sergeant during his time in service. Upon his return from Korea, Mr. Kelly attended The Pennsylvania State University where he earned numerous academic honors, including the Scholastic Honors Scholarship Award and the Senatorial Scholastic Scholarship Award, while earning a BS Electrical Engineering degree in 1959. He then attended New York University, NY where he earned a MS Electrical Engineering degree in 1962 and went on to earn an Advanced Communication degree. Mr. Kellys professional career began with Bell Laboratories and continued with AT&T, from where after 30 years of recognized service, he retired as a Director-Administration and Management Support, AT&T Headquarters, Basking Ridge, NJ. Mr. Kelly went on to found and operate Kel Tech Associates Construction Management Firm. Kel Tech niche-managed many non-profit construction projects throughout northern New Jersey of which he was most proud of the service he was able to provide to the Paterson Catholic Diocese, and his lasting legacy through the Church projects Kel Tech built and managed which include St. Luke, Long Valley, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Flanders and a major Church renovation for St. Nicholas, Passaic. Service mission was very important to Mr. Kelly. He sat on numerous boards including founding President Middletown Helps Its Own, Inc, Middletown, NJ, Middletown Township Committee and Community Affairs Council and Jaycees (1960s and 1970s), St. Mary Parish New Monmouth, NJ Parish Council and CCD Director, Trenton Diocese Religious Education Executive Committee and Diocese Catholic Education Planning Committee Trenton NJ (1960s and 1970s), St. Luke Parish Advisory Board Long Valley NJ (1980s), East Allen Township Northampton PA Zoning Board (2000s) and multiple Pro-Life Organizations throughout his life both in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Survivors: Mr. Kelly will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary Ellen; son, John R. Kelly Jr.; daughters, Marie S. (Don) Zaikowski, Monica A. (Dan) Ivory, Maureen P. (Walt) Conrad, Mary J. (Chuck) Rieg, Jeanne L. (Phil) Ivory, Jolene R. (Steve) Battitori, Joyce M. (Steve) Tulenko; brother, Gerald C. (Isabel) Kelly; sisters, Rita Peg Andres, Mary Lois (Bob) Gibbons, Stella Sally (Robert) Little, Elayne (Jack) Rieg, Constance Connie (Stan) Efferding; brother-in-law, Gerald (Judy) Boland; sister-in-law, Rose Boland; 30 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by sisters, Mary Janet Kelly and Rose Marie Link. Services: Viewing hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. A Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013 at St. Stephens of Hungary Catholic Church, 510 Union St., Allentown, PA 18101. Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to Camelot For Children, a charitable organization which benefits children with serious, chronic and terminal illness and disabilities, 2354 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA 18103 and/or PA for Human Life Wyoming Valley Chapter, 31 Hanover St., Wilkes Barre, PA 18702. Send online condolences to www.connellfuneral.com
Published in Morning Call on Jan. 17, 2013
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