LOWVILLE- Norma K. Kelley, 83, of B. Arthur Road, died Monday afternoon, June 25, 2012 at her home, under the care of her family and Lewis County Hospice.
A funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at St. Peters Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Christopher Carrara, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Lowville Rural Cemetery. A gathering at the Lowville VFW will follow the burial. Any food donations may be taken directly to the VFW after 10:00 a.m. Calling hours are from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fiends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or Martinsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Martinsburg, NY 13404.
She is survived by 12 children and their spouses, John P. and Mary Kelley of Martinsburg, Kathleen Davis and her companion Cork Bartlett of Theresa, David F. Kelley of Lowville, Sue Ellen Kelley of Carthage, Diane and Patrick Reape of Plant City, Florida; Teresa and Christopher Clark of Lowville, Donald G. Kelley of Lowville, Robert T. Kelley of Lowville, Michael J. and Windy Kelley of Old Forge, Lori and Steven Wilcox of Dexter, Peter J. and Lisa Kelley of Lowville, Jodine and Mack Ford of Vine Grove, Kentucky; 24 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband, Francis J. Pete Kelley, a daughter, Jeanne Marie Kelley who died in 1965; and a great-grandson.
Mrs. Kelley was born on July 26, 1928 in Turin, NY, a daughter of the late Donald Kentner and Evelyn Higby Kentner Hines. She graduated from Turin High School. On September 24, 1947, she married Francis J.Pete Kelley at St. Marys Catholic Church, Constableville, with Rev. Donald Kelly officiating. Together with her husband, the couple owned and operated a dairy farm in Martinsburg for 40 years. Mrs. Kelley worked for Lewis County Head Start for 20 years. Mr. Kelley died on February 19, 2008.
She was a communicant of St. Peters Catholic Church, Lowville, and was an active contributor to church fundraising efforts. She was an active member of the former Martinsburg Fire Department Auxiliary.
She enjoyed gardening, berry picking, cooking and was a lifetime lover of cats. Family members and friends will always cherish her handmade quilts, slippers, dish towels and other crafts.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.