Deacon John Joseph Kelly
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Deacon John Joseph Kelly passed away Monday, September 2nd, 2013 with his loving family at his side. John was born on July 12th, 1934 in New York City to Marion and John Kelly. He lived in Riverdale, N.Y. before moving to Parsippany in 1970. John was a graduate of Power Memorial Academy and Iona College. He was a Methods Analyst for Crum & Forster Insurance Company in Madison for 35 years before retiring in 1992. John was ordained a deacon in 1993 and served at Saint Christopher R.C. Church in Parsippany. He was a CCD teacher at Saint Christopher R.C. Church for many years. John was a member of the Knights of Columbus rising from the ranks of Grand Knight, District Deputy, Chairman of the Board of Governors and New York Treasurers. He was a 100 pint blood donor through the Red Cross and a member of the Presidents Council against pornography.
John is predeceased by his brother, Thomas who passed away in 2012. He survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan (nee-Kielhorn); his son, John and his wife, Patricia of Summit; his daughter, Joan Young and her husband, George of Stanhope; his seven grandchildren: Emma, Olivia, Jack, Georgia, Nicholas, Patrick and Kiely. John is also survived by his sisters: Elizabeth Sullivan and her husband, Raymond of New York City and Marion Zimmermann of Fort Lee; his sister in-law, Dorothy of Deleware; and his many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Liturgy of Christian Burial to be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 6th, 2013 at Saint Christopher R.C. Church, 1050 Littleton Rd, Parsippany. Interment: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Visiting hours are on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his memory to
, 1 Union Street, #301, Robbinsville, N.J. 08691. Arrangements are under the direction of the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany. (973) 887-3235 or visit www.partroyfuneralhome.com
Published in Daily Record on Sept. 4, 2013