Alex F. ""Zel"" Kelly, formerly of Heather Highlands, Pittston, passed away Wednesday morning at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 29, 1932, he was a son of the late Anthony and Nellie (Aleknavicius) Kelly.
He enjoyed the past three years residing with family of Jeffrey, Grace, Stephanie, Kimberly, Jeffrey III and Michael Carter in White Haven.
Prior to retirement, he was employed as an over-the-road truck driver for various local companies. He loved to take his family on trips with him to see the country. He also worked as a cook at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Club, was a diesel mechanic and a former driver for the late Mayor Luther Kniffen. Zel was a jack-of-all-trades and said he could fix anything, but a broken heart would take him two weeks.
He grew up in the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre and attended Wilkes-Barre city schools.
Zel loved to spend his days on the water fishing. He entertained family and friends at his fishing cabin in Cape Vincent, N.Y. He loved cooking big meals for his family and watching everyone enjoy eating. He was a dedicated Indianapolis Colts fan. Alex was an avid ham radio operator. His call signal was WB3JQF.
He will be sadly missed by all who love him.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Rosemary Reiser, who passed away Oct. 13, 1987; an infant son, Robert Kelly; brothers, John, Joseph and Anthony Majikis; and sisters, Eleanor Reiser and Helen Noel.
Surviving are his daughters, Karen Janoski, Patricia (Kelly) Sennett and her husband, Donald, Alexandria Kelly; sons, Anthony and Michael Kelly, all of Wilkes-Barre; his former wife, Patricia (Stavetski) Kelly; his stepchildren, Shannon Ricci, Hazleton, John Ricci Jr., Nichole Patronick, Chere (Simon) Fuller and her husband, Michael, all of Wilkes-Barre, and Grace (Simon) Carter and her husband, Jeffrey, White Haven; a nephew, Henry Noel, Wilkes-Barre; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.
""Cherrio, pip pip.""
A visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.
Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc.
465 Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Times Leader from June 27 to June 28, 2013