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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKEc84xI54E-XTgjuIQdpvA
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. www.meyergeiser.com