Jerome W. Kelly (Jerry) of Lisle, Illinois died peacefully August 31, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.
Jerry was born in 1931 in Detroit, MI to Nora and Raymond J. Kelly. He grew up in Detroit and met the love of his life, Charlotte Linsenmeyer at Gesu Grade School. Jerry attended the University of Notre Dame where he became a lifelong Irish fan. Following his graduation from Notre Dame, Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Army in South Korea.
In 1955, Jerry married his sweetheart Charlotte and began a joyful, laughter-filled adventure raising their nine children. Jerry had a long and successful career in the financial services industry where he participated in many professional, civic and church organizations. For more than 45 years, Jerry was an active member of the Detroit Athletic Club where he and Charlotte made many dear friends.
Jerry is survived by his devoted wife Charlotte, and his children Jerry (Mary) Kelly, Ann (Tom) Beale, Patty (Tim) MacEachern, daughter-in-law Jan Kelly, Thomas (Julie) Kelly, Sheila (Rob) Wentland, Matthew (Michelle) Kelly, Maureen (Bill) Berens, and Karen (Francisco) González. Jerry’s son Daniel preceded him in death in 2017.
Always a source of great joy and constant antics, Jerry’s grandchildren will greatly miss and fondly remember their Papa. They are: Jerry Kelly, Jr., Sheila Beale Clark (Joe), Michael Beale (Jackie), Brian Beale, Ashley MacEachern McCrossen (Tom), Erin MacEachern, Emily MacEachern Goecke (Alec), Caitlin MacEachern, Colleen Kelly (Ryan Brellenthin), Daniel Kelly, Michael Kelly, Laura Kelly, Eleanor Kelly, Christina Kelly, Sean Kelly, Claire Kelly, Liam Kelly, Meagan Kelly, Brendan Kelly, Christopher Wentland, Kelly Wentland, Matthew Kelly, Samantha Kelly, Kathryn Kelly, Brianna Kelly, Jack Berens, Allison Berens, Nicolás González, and Daniel González. Jerry is also survived by his great-grandchildren Joshua Beale, Ryan Beale, Cecilia Clark, Timothy McCrossen, and Charlotte Goecke.
Jerry is also survived by his sister Sharon Burke of Grosse Pointe Frams, Michigan He was preceded in death by siblings Raymond J. Kelly of Flint, Michigan, Winnie Kelly of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Dr. James Kelly of Monroe, Wisconsin and Nora Thompson of Royal Oak, Michigan.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel,1920 Maple Avenue, Lisle IL, 60532 on Monday, September 3 at 10:00 AM. Friends may visit the chapel beginning at 9:00 AM. Internment at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to the Villa St. Benedict Foundation, 1920 Maple Avenue Lisle, IL 60532