Patricia Lucille “Pat” Kelly, 85, of Webb Lake, peacefully passed away with her husband of 65 years, Charles, and other family members by her side on April 8, 2019.
Pat was born on the family century farm in Vesta, Minnesota, to Edward and Cecilia (Nogaj) Boushek on August 7, 1933. She was the second of seven children. All members of the Boushek family were instrumental in the daily workings of farm and family life.
On June 26, 1954 Pat was united in marriage to Charles “Chuck” Kelly at the Catholic Church of the Holy Name in Vesta, Minnesota. Their marriage was a true partnership, spanning 65 years. Together they raised four children in New Brighton, Minnesota, and retired in 1999 to Webb Lake.
Pat is a graduate of Redwood Falls High School and Minneapolis Business College. She enjoyed a profession as a medical secretary for many years, although her favorite role was being a wife and mother.
Pat is survived by her loving husband, Chuck, and four children, Cynthia (Bob) Hardina, Timothy (Calli) Kelly, Micheal (Chris) Kelly, and Patrick (Laura Irvin) Kelly. She will also be dearly missed by her 10 grandchildren, Catie (Darin) Long, Chelsea (Rick) Zebro, Jason (Shannon) Tacheny, Patrick (Meg) Donahue, Tyler (Taylor Iozzio) Kelly, Ryan, Maria, Christina, Stephania, and Anastasia Kelly; and 11 great grandchildren, Ashlee, Catelin, and Blake Zebro, Elizabeth Long, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Grace Tacheny, Juniper and Cormac Donahue, and Holden and Hayden Kelly; as well as her six siblings Shirley Kruger, Dorothy Bowen, Bob (Joanne) Boushek, Mary Kay (Gars) Aarness, Jerry (Mary Jane) Boushek, and Diane (Mark) Kochendorfer, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother- in- law, Doug Bowen.
A woman of deep faith and love for God, Pat instilled her farm and Catholic Christian upbringing in her core values throughout her life: to love God, to pray always, to nurture family, to work hard, to bear your burdens, to help and love others, to have joy in the simple things, to respect nature, and to make this world a brighter place.
To be in the presence of Pat, who was a lively, loving, and energetic woman, was a true blessing. She was an active parishioner of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Scott Township. Her many church involvements included being in the choir and prayer groups, visiting the sick and bereaved, cooking for funerals, and volunteering at fundraisers. She was also active in the parish CCW. Her other main passions were family gatherings, traveling with her husband and their friends, playing with her grand and great grandchildren, welcoming people into her home, ‘wintering’ in Dauphin Island, Alabama, and several groups of friends including bridge, dominoes, and book clubs, and her “Golden Girls.”
Pat also loved gardening, cooking, enjoying music, feeding birds, nature photography, journaling, a beautiful sunset, and learning new things. She maintained her childlike awe and curiosity all her life. She is dearly missed and will be remembered with love by all who knew her. In her own parting words: “I have lived a wonderful life...sustained by faith in God...I’m not afraid of death, but view it as a new beginning...in passing, I want my loved ones to remember me with joy and not sorrow.”
Funeral Mass for Pat Kelly will be on Tuesday, April 23 at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Scott Township. Visitation at 12 p.m. with Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. She will be interred at Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
Memorial donations may be made to: Birthright of Brainard, 401 W Laurel, suite B, Brainerd. MN 56401 or Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, County Rd A & H Crescent Lake Webster, WI 54893.
Her family would like to thank Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the care they gave Pat and her grieving family in the last days of her life. Blessed be her memory.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster, WI. Online condolences may be expressed at www.swedberg-taylor.com.