Age 86, died peacefully in Naples, Florida, on December 21, 2012 Alois was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on January 24, 1926, to Alois D. Kennedy and Marion C. Kennedy. He graduated from Nativity of Our Lord Grade School and Cretin High School in St. Paul. He graduated from Northwestern University in Illinois while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then received his law degree from William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul. He married his sweetheart, Virginia Brand, in 1948, and in 1952, he formed a partnership for the general practice of law in St. Paul, Minnesota, with William C. Meier after having been associated with the firm of Hoffman, Donahue, Graff and Meier. That same year, Timothy P. Quinn joined the firm which then became Meier, Kennedy and Quinn. The firm built a loyal following of individuals, non-profit entities, and churches. Bill Meier passed away in 1981, and shortly after Tim Quinn passed in 1991, Alois retired from the firm and he and his wife, Virginia, moved to Naples, Florida. The firm of Meier, Kennedy and Quinn continues the legacy of the work of its founders to this day. Alois is survived by his children: Reverend Patrick Kennedy, Mary C. Kennedy, Kathleen Burke, Virginia (Peter) Loeffler, Daniel (Janet) Kennedy, Cynthia (Robert) Snyder, Margaret (Steve) Polacek, and Ann Kennedy; son-in-law, Timothy Forrest; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother Laurence R. Kennedy; sister-in-law Mary Suzanne Kennedy; countless nieces and nephews. Alois is predeceased by Virginia Caroline Kennedy, his loving wife of 63 years; daughter, Judith Kennedy Forrest; parents, Alois D. Kennedy and Marion C. Kennedy; sisters, Mary Eunice Kennedy Gage and Geraldine Ann Kennedy Heck; brother-in-law, William Q. Heck; son-in-law, Michael Burke. Alois was a loving husband, devoted father, loving brother and uncle, and good friend to many throughout his life. His true legacy will be that of his generosity in caring for his wife and family of nine children. His strong work ethic and his ability to help others will always be remembered by his former friends and colleagues. The family would like to thank in-home caregivers Patrick and Mike from BrightStar Care and the compassionate staff of Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Road, Naples, FL 34113-7448, or donor's choice. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Interment will be at St. Peter the Apostle Parish Cemetery in Naples FL.
Published in Pioneer Press from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27, 2012