Catherine Ann Kelley
April 22, 1950 – July 6, 2018
Kelley, Catherine Ann, 68, of Flushing, MI, died peacefully in her sleep early Friday, July 6, 2018, with family and her beloved Westie terriers nearby. She succumbed to the stage 4 duodenal cancer she endured for nearly six years, all the while refusing to let illness define her life. Her watchword during much of this time was “Endurance”. She endured cancer, treatments, drain tubes, and miles of travel - but always treasured the victories of life.
Her family will receive visitors Thursday, July 12 at the Reigle Funeral Home Sunset Chapel, 5501 West Pierson Road, Flushing MI from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm. There will be additional visitation Friday, July 13 at St John Vianney Church, 2415 Bagley St, Flint, MI starting at 10:00 am, to be followed by a funeral mass at 11:00. Interment at New Calvary Cemetery in Flint Township.
Cathy was born April 22, 1950 in Jackson Heights, NY. Her family eventually returned to Flint, her mother’s home town, and for much of her youth lived in the Mott Park area. In the summer of 1967 she met W. Matthew Kelley, who soon became her steady boyfriend and eventual husband. Cathy attended St John Vianney Church, graduated from St John Vianney school in 1968, and went on to attend the University of Michigan-Flint, graduating in 1972 with a degree in education. She started teaching in the Flint Community Schools the following fall, spending her career at Potter Elementary and Coolidge Elementary Schools. She retired from the Flint Schools after 34 years of service, taught a year at St John Vianney School, followed by some seven years as Director of Education at the Flint Children’s Museum.
Cathy and Matt married in May of 1972 at St John Vianney and lived in Mott Park and Flushing throughout their lives. They have two sons, Jon Stuart Kelley and Aaron Matthew Kelley.
Cathy was preceded in death by her by father, Wolfgang E. Bauer, and her grandparents. Left to honor her memory are mother Elizabeth A. Bauer of Flushing; her husband of over 46 years, W. Matthew Kelley; her sons Jon (Elsa) Kelley of Astoria, Queens, NYC and Aaron (Emily) Kelley of Flushing, and their children Alexandra and Sebastian Kelley. She is survived by her brothers and sisters: Joanne (Ike) Wamer; Mark Bauer; Eric (Debbie) Bauer; MaryLee (Fred) Kay; Chris (Krista) Bauer, Marta (Mark) Barber, as well as Matt’s siblings, who consider her a sister; Deborah (Charles) Hooper; Mark (Kelly) Kelley; Michael (Lynelle) Kelley; Keith (Lynnae) Kelley; Katherine (Allen) Lisk, and many nieces and nephews.
Cathy was a near life-long member of St John Vianney parish. She was a long-time active member of the Great Lakes Swing Dance Club and the West Highland White Terrier Club of SE Michigan, and served on the boards of both organizations.
One of her greatest joys the last five years was spending time with her beloved grandchildren Alexandra and Sebastian. They provided a welcome contrast to the often burdensome chemotherapy, treatments and travel required to try to moderate her cancer.
Cathy’s family owes a debt of gratitude and thanks to Mark Zalupski, MD; Ashleigh Bielecki, PA; Gwen Hejna, PA; Julie Gibson, RN, and the staff at the University of Michigan Rogal Cancer Center. The impact of their care and treatment cannot be underestimated.
One of Cathy’s favorite verses in recent years were the words of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas:
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
For those who, in lieu of flowers, may wish to donate to charitable causes dear to Cathy, please consider the following: Fund for Discovery (Research) at UM Rogel Cancer Center - http://victors.us/catherineakelley St John Vianney School - http://sjvkids.org/Donate Flint Children’s Museum - http://flintchildrensmuseum.org/support-us/donate-now/
By Endurance We Are Victors!
- Memorial Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
- Memorial Visitation at Church Friday, July 13, 2018
- Memorial Mass Friday, July 13, 2018
Catherine Ann Kelley
July 13, 2018
To the Kelley Family,
So sorry for your loss. I worked at the Flint Children's Museum with Cathy for a few years. She was a wonderful boss who was great to work for. I will keep your family and Cathy in my prayers.
July 13, 2018
I just wanted to share how sorry I am to hear of Cathy's passing. I didn't know Cathy well but I know she was the love of your life and the light of your eye! My heart breaks for you and your sons. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
May she rest in peace.
Leslie Traywick Silvia
July 12, 2018
I am a proud product of free range parenting, but not in the way most folks mean it today. Instead, when we were with Cathy and Matt Kelley, and/or MaryAnn and Tim Dubbs the parents all had free range to wipe any nose, teardrop or butt that needed it. They were there for advice, or a kick in the behind whenever we needed it.
Tomorrow, we lay one of the team to rest. Thankfully, no matter where she lays, the handprint left on our hearts will never fade. Nothing can diminish the powerful example of class, dignity and strength set by my Aunt Cathy. She will be greatly missed but always with us.
July 12, 2018
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family on your loss. I worked with Matt for time at the UM, and I wanted to take a moment to tell him how very sorry I am that he has lost someone so dear to him. Words can never really express our sorrow at losing someone close to you, but remembering that they are always with you can sometimes help get you through this difficult time.
July 6, 2018
Ive always thought of you as a classy lady. You always took time to talk to me and make me feel wanted. You have been a brave warrior. Well done, good and faithful servant. I love you!
Uncle Matt, I love you and keeping you in my prayers!!!
Laura anne Kelley