Graziella Rachel Kelly
November 10, 1923 – July 14, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, (Graziella) Rachel Kelly, on July 14. She left us while sleeping peacefully at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord, NH. She was in her 96th year, and was a resident of Keene for 95 of those 96 years. She moved to Concord to be closer to her daughter and receive care in the memory unit at Havenwood.
Born in Torre de Passeri, Abruzzi, Italy (a fact she loved to share), she arrived in the United States in 1924 with her parents, Antonio and Carmela Caldarelli. She took great pride in being included on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island, along with her parents.
Rachel retired as the Business Manager with the Keene Clinic, now Cheshire Medical Center/DHMC Keene, after 31 years of service. She joined the Keene Clinic in 1954 at a time when the medical staff consisted of eight physicians. She played a major management role as the Clinic evolved to become a large multi-specialty group practice with 43 physicians. Rachel was involved in establishing satellite clinics in surrounding communities and served as the administrative link between the satellites and the main facility in Keene. She managed the installation of the first computer system for the clinic. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the American Legion Auxiliary for over 60 years.
Rachel was known to friends and family as someone with boundless energy, an unsinkable positive attitude, determination and enthusiasm in everything she did. In her later years, she could still out-shop anyone in her family and leave them exhausted by day’s end. In addition to working hard, she used that energy to travel the world, husband John in tow. She had a great sense of adventure and a sharp intellect for business and finance. She was an avid reader and gifted crafter along with enjoying daily crossword puzzles.
Above all else, Rachel valued family. Nothing made her happier than family gatherings, whether for big, Italian, homemade meals or to celebrate family events. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Van Scoyoc and her husband, Peter, and son, Michael Kelly and wife, Patricia Ross; her sisters, Mary Baldor, Carrie Campbell, Rita Lindgren and her husband, Ed; her brother, John Caldarelli and his wife, Judy; her grandchildren, Michelle Caissie, Stephen Kelly, and Natalie Van Scoyoc; her great-grandchildren, Cameron and Madison Caissie; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John and sister, Elena.
Services and burial for Rachel will be private. For those who wish to view the service it will be streamed live on the DiLuzio Foley and Fletcher Funeral Homes (Foley Funeral Home) Facebook page on Thursday, July 23rd starting at 9:00am. You may click on the join livestream link in the service information noted below this obituary.
Contributions on Rachel’s behalf can be made to The Fiore Dintino Scholarship Fund in care of the William Marconi Society, 97 Wood Street, Keene, NH 03431; or to Havenwood Heritage Heights, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord, NH 03301, for their activities fund.
The Fiore Dintino Scholarship Fund
c/o William Marconi Society 97 Wood Street , Keene, New Hampshire 03431
Havenwood Heritage Heights Activites Fund
33 Christian Avenue, Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Services and Burial will be private. You may watch the service live via the Foley Funeral Home Facebook page by following the link offered here.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Graziella Rachel Kelly
July 27, 2020
I am sorry to hear of Rachel’s passing. I worked with Rachael at the clinic. I was a new nurse in administration and Rachael took great care of me. She and Mr Blakey and Shirley ran a tight ship!
Rachael was always kind, considerate and smiling.
I am sure she is getting heaven organized!
July 22, 2020
I had the honor and pleasure of working with Rachel for many years at the Clinic. She was an important mentor to me. She was smart, hard working and did her job with integrity and honesty. She also had a great sense of humor and was generous with her smile and good nature. I am sorry to hear of her passing. She was a great lady.
Francis & Ann Eastman
July 21, 2020
To Michael & Sandra and their families,
With memories from Butler Court to Wilcox Terrace. Our thoughts are with you and with time it will ease the pain.
Junior & Ann
Linda & Bob Bergevin
July 21, 2020
Michael & Tricia and the entire Kelly family - May it comfort you to know that we were so very sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was a lovely one-of-a-kind flower in this world!
You are in our thoughts now, and in the days to come.
With our deepest sympathy to you and your family with love,
Linda & Bob Bergevin - Surry, NH
July 18, 2020
I always remember Auntie being there in my life! From helping plan the happiest and biggest celebrations: weddings, graduations, anniversaries, birthdays... to the smallest: I lost another baby tooth, or a did a good job weeding the garden & dusting her house! Good times: swimming in the pool and us laughing so hard we were crying as I chased exploding seltzer cans I had dropped under cars int he Ocean Job Lot parking lot: with Michelle & little Cam and Maddie helping me chase them to Auntie helping Mom bring me home after being in the ER until 2 am in the morning when Dad, Katie and Frenchy were in England. She led by example and showed me determination, if you're going to do something, to do it the best you can and most importantly how to value and enjoy family! Thanks Auntie! I will carry the pieces of you with me always! I was so lucky to have you in my life! With much appreciation and love, jo