Bernard Alexander Kellenyi
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AGE: 93 • Red Bank
Bernard Alexander Kellenyi, 93, of Red Bank, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Shrewsbury surrounded by his family. Bernard was born in Atlantic City to Alexander and Margaret (Gillen) Kellenyi.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Architecture in (1942) from Catholic University in Washington, DC. During WWII he served as a B 17 pilot. He completed 35 combat missions over Europe and was distinguished with the Air Medal with 4 clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was the principle and founder of Kellenyi Associates, Architect, now Kellenyi, Johnson, Wagner, Architects of Red Bank. His works dot the shore landscape and all of New Jersey. Included in his portfolio are Christian Brothers Academy, Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway Grandstands and Club Houses. He served for many years, as President and Vice President on the New Jersey State Board of Architects. He was able to extend his professional expertise nationally as a Director of the National Council of Architectual Registration Boards. In 2001 he was elected to the American Institutes of America College of Fellows, essentially the Architects Hall of Fame. He was a longtime devoted communicant of St. James RC Church in Red Bank. He will be remembered as a loving, kind and caring family man with an amazingly positive outlook on life.
Bernard was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Joseph, and in 2010 by his beloved wife of 68 years, Margaret Bingham Kellenyi. He is survived by his son John and wife Teresita of Maplewood, his daughter, Kathleen Fitzgerald and husband Brian of Red Bank, sisters; Mitzi Danowitz of FL and Patricia Chernawsky of Lincroft, grandchildren; John, Rory, Glenn and Kyle Fitzgerald, Cristina and Timothy Kellenyi and Jessica Orrego, and great-grandchildren, Toby and Sadie Thompson.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28th from 6:30-9pm and Friday, March 1st from 8:30 to 9:30am at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, 10am at St. James RC Church, Red Bank. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bernard's memory to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 14 Commerce Dr., Suite 301, Cranford, NJ 07016. Please visit Bernard's memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 26, 2013