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Helen A. Kelsey


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Helen A. Kelsey Obituary
1920 ~ 2016
Helen Agnes Hock Kelsey, passed away quietly on May 20th 2016 at the age of 95.
She was born to Anna and Julius Hock, Hungarian immigrants, on November 22nd, 1920 in Port Huron, Michigan.
Helen had a sister Mary and three brothers Joseph, Julius and Eugene all who preceded her in death and one sister who survives her, Elizabeth.
After graduation from high school she enrolled in nursing school at Providence Hospital in Detroit. Helen was just graduating as an RN when World War II broke out. When the government put a call out for nurses she decided use her skills to help her country and enlisted in the United States Navy. LT (JG) Hock served her country as a Navy nurse on Bermuda Island at the US Navy Dispensary. The Dispensary treated the sick and injured naval personnel. Here in Bermuda she met LT. (JG) Douglas Kenneth Kelsey, native son of Salt Lake City. He was a Navy pilot stationed on Bermuda to patrol the Atlantic coast watching for enemy planes and submarines. Romance blossomed for Helen and Ken. Helen resigned from the Navy in 1946 at the end of the war as a full Lieutenant married Ken and moved to Salt Lake City.
In Salt Lake City while raising four children, two boys and two girls, Helen worked at various hospitals. She started at LDS Hospital and then went to Cottonwood Hospital when it opened. In the late 60's early 70's the University of Utah Hospital started a program to establish Coronary Care Units. Helen joined this program and she trained nurses to support and care for patients in these new coronary units. During the time she worked at the U she also went back to school and in 1971 graduated with a BS in Community Health. After five years she once again decided to serve her country. She went to the VA Hospital and helped set up the Hypertension Clinic there for our veteran's. For the next decade she helped veterans in the Hypertension Clinic and Oncology Unit. She took the test for Nurse Practitioner license and passed the two day test. She retired from the VA Hospital as a nurse practitioner. Helen and Ken were parishioners of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church.
She is survived by her four children, Douglas Kelsey, MD., Ph.D. (Karen), Greg Kelsey (Cindy), Mary Taylor (Lenzie), and Anne Turner (Donald). Nine grandchildren two step grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous grand animals.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 26th 10:00 a.m. at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church 1975 South 2300 East. Friends may call from 9:30-10:00 a.m. Committal Mount Calvary Cemetery 4th Ave. & T Street. In lieu of flowers please make donations to 941 East 3300 South SLC, UT. 84106 or cancer.org/donate
Funeral Directors: Neil O'Donnell & Sons.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 24 to May 25, 2016
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