Joseph William Kennelly

August 25, 1937November 23, 2015

KENNELLY, Joseph William, age 78 of Centerville, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015 at Hospice of Dayton. Joe was born on August 25, 1937 in Pittsburg PA. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sue; children, Chris (Sandy), Tim (Sandy) Jenni Creighton, Terry (Alissa); grandchildren; Logan Nichols (Kayla), Jordan Nichols, Alex Creighton, Connor Creighton, Torie, Allison, Hayden, Hannah and Holden Kennelly; siblings; Dolores Observer, Tim (Mary Lou), Tom (Pat), Dennis (Rose), Patricia Kennelly, Kathy Ziesloft (Dave), Peggy Meyer (Glen), and many nieces and nephews. Joe was a graduate of the University of Dayton, where he played basketball and received his Masters from Eastern Michigan University. He worked 37 years with the Bedford School system in Michigan as an Athletic Director and Administrator before retiring to Florida. Special Thanks to the caring staff at Miami Valley Hospital and Hospice of Dayton for taking such great care of Joe. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 115 S. Main St., Franklin, Ohio 45005, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420. Condolences may be made to


  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Saturday, December 5, 2015

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, December 5, 2015


Joseph William Kennelly

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Wayne & Aggie Langschied

December 15, 2015

Our deepest sympathy to Sue and all of Joe's family. We also have fond memories of our time at Bedford with Joe. Our thoughts and prayers will be offered for him in days to come. May he rest in peace.

December 9, 2015

To the Kennelly Family. Thank you for sharing Joe with us. He was always so gracious with my parents Chet and Lottie Karpanty, he was very special to them, thank you Joe for doing this for them. I know he had input in their selection to the 1st- Bedford Hall of Fame. Now I wish you peace, courage and comfort to face the days ahead and loving memories of Joe to forever hold in your heart. May Joe Rest in Peace - My Friend- Dan Karpanty, Corpus Christi, Texas

John & Roxann Satkowski

December 7, 2015


Roxann and I are so sorry for your loss. Joe was such a great friend. It was so much fun golfing with him at Lenawee all those years. He always did things with 100% dedication whether it had to do with the Golf Course or the Schools. You could always count on Joe. My late mother who passed away almost two years always loved to see Joe when he came into the High School cafeteria just to chat and see how things were in the cafeteria. He will be missed. You and your family take care and just enjoy the memories.

Bev Hammerstrom

December 6, 2015

So very sorry I was unable to make it down to Dayton for the funeral but please know that all of you are in my heart and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Gordon Mather

December 5, 2015

Good bye old friend. You had a great life, a wonderful wife and many friends.

Gordon Mic Mather

Mark Zielinski

December 5, 2015

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I'll always have fond memories of your dad (Big J) and the laughs we had with him while we were in school together.

Edgar Turner

December 5, 2015

Our condolences to the family. Joe was a good boss and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Tereasa Herron

December 5, 2015

Sincere sympathies for your loss. He was a kind and friendly man. One of Bedfords best.

Mary Jo Bicanovsky

December 5, 2015

So sorry for your loss. Jenny your in my thoughts and prayers, hugs friend.

Andrea & John Joldrichsen

December 5, 2015

So sorry for your loss, Jenny, Jordan and Logan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We remember your dad/grandpa coming to the bulldog basketball games. Seemed like a great guy and we are sure he will be sorely missed.