Janis Kelley
1936 - 2021
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Janis Kelley

Cincinnati - Kelley, Janis Louise (neé Seher) died peacefully, in the presence of her family, at Bayley Place, Cincinnati, Ohio on June 8, 2021 at the age of 85. Janis is survived by her brother, the Reverend Philip Seher, her children Mike (Lori), Tim, Brian (Michelle), Dan (Susan), Kevin (Kerry), Kate Kraemer (Mike) and Sean (Jennifer); grandchildren Brady Kelley-Weil (Holly), Erin Power (Alec), Abaigeal, Gwen, John, Bridget, Kelley Kraemer, Claudia, Tommy Kraemer, Jimmy, William, Rose Merjos, Liam, Quinn, Rylan and Fiona; great grandchildren Jasper Kelley-Weil, Patrick Power, James Kelley-Weil and Charlie Power. Janis is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas "Tom" Kelley, father August "Gus" Seher, mother Irmarose Seher (neé Brady), and brother Joseph. Sister-in-law to Mary Beth Walters Seher, Jim (dec.) and Pat Kelley, Jack (dec.) and Rose Mary (dec.) Kelley and Dale (dec.) and Mary (dec.) Lawrence. Also survived by many caring relatives and friends.

Janis was born on Coronado Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 27, 1936 to Gus and Irma Seher. She was a proud graduate of St. Teresa of Avila School ('50), Seton High School ('54), and The College of Mount St. Joseph ('56) where she earned her Associate Degree in Education. Janis began her career as an educator at the age of 19, teaching 6th graders at St. Dominic School. In her teaching career, which spanned more than 50 years and included dedicated stints at St. Dominic, Carson School and Resurrection School, Janis left a permanent imprint on thousands of school children. Janis married her high school sweetheart Thomas "Tom" Kelley (St. William, Elder High School) in 1957 and together they raised seven children on Ridgeview Avenue, where they lived for over 30 years. Janis is fondly remembered by her brother, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, extended family and many friends as a strong, selfless, kind, humble and grateful woman with an indomitable spirit and a love of life itself.

Janis derived enormous pleasure from involvement in the daily lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. If there was an award given for "being there" in the lives of all the people she loved, Janis would have won it every year. For service to the community, Janis and Tom were named Queen and King of Price Hill at the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Janis cherished her friends from the Seton Class of 1954, affectionately known as "The Club." There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at St. William Church (4108 W. 8th St, Cincinnati, OH 45205). The mass will be streamed on YouTube. Search "St. William Cincinnati" or visit:


Coffee and danish will be served immediately following Mass in the church undercroft (Fr. Reardon Hall). The Reverend Philip Seher will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Janis's wonderful life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. William Church, 4108 W. 8th St. Cincinnati, OH 45205 or Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205. The Kelley family would like to thank the amazing and dedicated caregivers at Bayley Place for their kindness, warmth and compassion as they took great care of Janis in her final days.


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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Jun. 9 to Jun. 10, 2021.
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June 12, 2021
Send our deepest condolences to the whole Kelley family. What great and kind lady. Will be dearly missed by family and friends and community.
Terri Schenkel
June 12, 2021
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Laura and Steve JAkobsen
June 12, 2021
I met Mrs. Kelley way back in the early 1980s at Holy Cross ✝ after a college football game. Wonderful lady and she must have been an amazing Mom because her son Brian, and I am sure all of them are amazing. Praying for your wonderful family at this time. 1 Corinthians 2:9. Love and God bless, Harry and Janine Flaherty
Harry Flaherty
June 12, 2021
Besides being the supernova that powered the “5-Star” family that the Kelleys are, Janis not only loved and cared for her own children, but the children of others too. I was one of those children. I’ve heard that teachers are the only people that lose sleep over other people’s children. I was blessed to live with the Kelleys, and I never knew her to nap.

I can say with absolute certainty that the loving-kindness and warm-hearted care that Mrs. Kelley showed me - an at risk fourth grader at Resurrection School - was truly a mitigating factor in the good blessings that have enhanced my life. I do not have enough words to succinctly express the gratitude that I hold in my heart for the gift of familial love that I received from The Kelleys and it is because Mrs. Kelley saw in me what she knew I could be and have become today.
Curtis Chandler
June 11, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. She was a fantastic lady!
Chris & Michelle Gramke
Chris Gramke
June 10, 2021
Like so many other students I will always remember Mrs. Kelly with fondness. I’ll never forget the stories she would tell about her kids. She was a beautiful soul and will be missed.
Becky Haar
June 10, 2021
Mrs. Kelley was my fourth grade teacher at Resurrection over 20 years ago. She was so sweet, caring, and helpful. My siblings and I were so lucky to have her in our early education. We consistently saw Mrs. Emmett, Mrs. Allen, and Mrs. Kelley at PHC almost every time we popped back in town enjoying their friendship and their breakfast or lunch. Sending prayers of gratitude for having her in my life.
Rebecca Addison (Becky Hendrian)
June 10, 2021
Mrs. Kelly was a wonderful lady-kind and genuine with everyone. Sending prayers and strength to her family during these difficult times. May you memories provide comfort in the days ahead.
Mary Stoeckle
June 10, 2021
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Fred Mayerson
June 10, 2021
I had Mrs. Kelley in 4th grade at Resurrection. I have many wonderful memories of her taking us to Graeter’s if we got all of our stars, being patient with us no matter what the task may have been, helping us through many difficult times, and putting up with some of you crazy boys in our class. She touched so many students over the years and I hope you know how much that means to all of us. I just hope that I can be half of the teacher that she was. She will have a special place in heaven and in my heart for all that she did for everyone. I will never forget her.
Jenni Holthause (Sunderhaus)
June 9, 2021
Mrs Kelley taught my daughter and what an amazing and caring teacher she was. Mrs Kelley had do much patience with her young students and truly gave them a great foundation. I hope that all of the beautiful memories will help her family get through the days to come. With sincere sympathy and prayers.
Mary Sunderhaus
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