Mary M. Kelley (1950 - 2013)

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Kelley, Mary M.

Mary M. Kelley, 63, Hobart, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at home. She was born March 29, 1950 in Abbotsford, WI to Jack and Helen (Dravis) Nikolay.

In 1968, Mary graduated from Abbotsford High School where she met and fell in love with John Kelley. She graduated from UW-Stout in 1972. Mary later earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from Silver Lake College. On June 23, 1973, she married John Kelley at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Abbotsford.

Mary taught at St. Agnes School in Green Bay. She took a short break from teaching to start her family and raise her children. During this time, Mary hung wallpaper to earn extra money. She restarted her teaching career at Valley View Elementary School. Mary taught at Annie Jackson School for 20 years. During that time she made every student feel loved. Mary put exceptional effort into everything she did. She was the best gardener, teacher, wife, sister, daughter, friend and party planner, but most importantly she was the best "Nana".

Mary was a longtime member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and had also been a member of Service League. She had a passion for gardening and often spent an entire day in her flower garden.

Mary is survived by her husband, John Kelley; three children, Jessica (Dale) DeLaurelle, Green Bay; Sam (Cara) Kelley, Pulcifer; and Emily (Eric) Genrich, Green Bay; five grandchildren, Ashley, Kailey, Dominic, Henry, and Amelia; her mother, Helen Nikolay, Abbotsford; two sisters, Sharol (Bill) Lehnertz, Eden Prairie, MN; and Kitty Nikolay, La Crosse; two brothers, David (Nancy) Nikolay, and Paul (Karen) Nikolay, both from Abbotsford; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Nikolay; a brother, Jim Nikolay; and a sister, Kate Nikolay.

Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. Friends may also call at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2771 Oakwood Dr., Green Bay, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church with Rev. Paul Demuth officiating. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. To send online condolences, please go to

A memorial fund has been established to benefit Holy Family School.

Funeral Home
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Aug. 30, 2013
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