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Jane Bernhardt Kelly

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Jane Bernhardt Kelly

AGE: 80 • Hockessin

Jane Bernhardt Kelly, age 80, of Hockessin, DE, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home on Friday, May 12, 2017 with her loving family by her side. Born in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Jane Bernhardt. She was a graduate of Patchogue High School in Long Island, NY and Southampton School of Nursing. Jane obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Care Administration from St. Josephs College. Jane dedicated most of her nursing career working in gerontology as a staff nurse and then as Director of Nursing at several nursing homes. After retiring from nursing in 1989, Jane managed the business office for her son's business, Jack Kelly's Landscape and Tree Service. She was also a member of Hockessin Friends Meeting and Hockessin Community Club.

In her spare time, Jane was a woman of many talents. She loved cooking and entertaining. She was known for her amazing nut bread and deviled eggs. She enjoyed her monthly lunch dates with the "lunch - bunch ladies." Jane was a talented artist and painter who took lessons in the 1960's with Carolyn Wyeth. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers. Jane was an avid reader and fan of Stephen King books and mysteries. She loved shopping, especially at her favorite store, Marshalls.

Family was the center of Jane's world. She will be remembered for her spunkiness, as well as her small and mighty demeanor. Jane was a devoted mother and "Gram", who encouraged integrity, hard work ethics and independence in her children and grandchildren.

Jane was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Jack Reed Kelly, Jr.; her brother, Paul Bernhardt; and her sister, Alice Schoenfeld. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth R. Kelly-Johnson and her husband, Michael S.; her son, Jack Reed Kelly, III and his wife, Nancy B.; her grandchildren, David and Leah Kelly, Sarah Hughes and her husband, Andrew, and Jennifer Johnson; her great granddaughter, Briar Reed Hughes; as well as her sister, Joan Maxwell and her husband, Thomas Maxwell.

Jane's family would like to extend a special thank you to Delaware Hospice with special recognition to RN' s Latrina, Megan, Matt, Chaplain Scott Lee MDiv, CNA Holly Taylor, Barbara Buckingham LCSW. Your loving and compassionate care during a difficult time will never be forgotten.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711.

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Published in The News Journal on May 28, 2017
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