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Edward J. "Kelly" Kellerman


1917 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Edward J. "Kelly" Kellerman Obituary
Edward J. "Kelly" Kellerman

Edward J. "Kelly" Kellerman, born April 22, 1917 in Denver, Colo., passed away peacefully on July 15, 2014 at Copley Health Center.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Frank and Bessie Kellerman; first wife, Mildred "Mickey" Kellerman; sister, Ramonde Detray; brothers, Leo and Sol Kellerman; and son-in-law, Stewart Surloff. He is survived by his loving wife of the past 30 years, Irene S. Kellerman; sons, Jim (Dana) Kellerman of New Albany, Ohio, and Bob (Cathy) Kellerman of Columbus, Ohio; stepchildren, Mimi Surloff Markis of Copley, Ohio, Mike (Ellie) Schoenberg of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Lisa Schoenberg of San Francisco, Calif. Surviving grandchildren include Mickey Kellerman, Andrew (Rachel) Kellerman, Brian (Phoebe) Kellerman, Zoe Kellerman, Shelby Surloff (fiancé, Michael Detrick), Abby (Mike) Wright, Matthew Schoenberg and Jacob Schoenberg; and great-granddaughters, Sophie Kellerman and Isabella Wright.

Mr. Kellerman spent his first five years in Omaha, Neb., before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was raised at the Cleveland Jewish Orphan Home (now Bellefaire JCB). He thrived in the "Home" among friends whom he deeply treasured for his entire life. At Bellefaire, he found his calling as an athlete, a student, and finally as a leader and mentor among his fellow residents. After being awarded the Lazarus scholarship, reserved annually for one Bellefaire resident to attend The Ohio State University, he graduated from OSU in 1940 with a business degree. He enjoyed a successful sales career in the auto parts industry, the highlight of which was a significant sales role in the launching of the Midas Muffler chain in the mid-50's. In 1950, he moved with his first wife, Mickey, to Akron, Ohio to reside and raise his family. He was an active member of Temple Israel of Akron, The Shaw JCC of Akron, the Hakoah and Maccabi Clubs of Akron, and spent countless hours as a community volunteer, before and after retirement. Kelly was an athlete into his 80's, eagerly followed all Cleveland sports plus the OSU Buckeyes until the end, and was a lifelong learner who could light up a room with his wit and charm. He will be deeply missed by his wife, family, friends and all who knew him.

On behalf of the family they would like to say a special "Thank You" to the all the caregivers at Copley Care Center, Summa Hospice and Chambrel for their loving care.

A Memorial Service and reception will be held at noon Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Temple Israel, 133 Merriman Rd., Akron, OH 44303. Visitation at the residence, 1006 Bunker Drive, #101, Fairlawn Ohio will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 20th and Monday, July 21st. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stewart's Caring Place, 2955 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH 44333, or to Bellefaire JCB, 22001 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44118.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on July 17, 2014
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