Mildred K. Kelleher

May 28, 1919February 15, 2014

Mildred Katherine Kelleher, 94, died peacefully at William Childs Hospice House, February 15 after a short illness.

Millie was born in Festus, Missouri on May 28, 1919 to Clara and Grover Lucas; one of nine children. She worked at National Vendors in St. Louis throughout WWII which manufactured mortar ammunition casings. She is a member of the American Rosie the Riveters Association. The family has resided in Melbourne since 1954. Millie worked at Harris Corp. in the Semiconductor Division from 1968 to 1984. After retiring from Harris, Millie volunteered at Holmes Regional Hospital Medical Center for 14 years. She was a long time member of the Order of the Amaranth, Ida E. Banks Court. She attended Bethany Baptist Church. An avid bowler from age 22 to 90, Millie last bowled with the Hi Low Women’s League at Harbour Lanes.

Millie was predeceased by her husband, Gerald F. Kelleher, a Purple Heart WWII veteran. She is survived by sister, Peggy Ratini, Bartlett, Ill., children Patricia A. Johnston, Villa Rica, Georgia, Jerry M. Kelleher (Audrey), Orlando, Dennis L. Kelleher (Joann), Raleigh and Thomas F. Kelleher, Melbourne, grandchildren Daniel Kelleher, Jennifer Schmidt (Steve), Ashley Kelleher, Colleen Kelleher, Stephen Kelleher, Heather Kelleher (Donald Krantz), 2 LT Christopher Kelleher USA and one great grandchild Jordan Schmidt.

Millie was a devoted Florida Gators, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Rays fan. She enjoyed travel (her last trip was through the Panama Canal April 2012), word puzzles, reading and Jeopardy. But most of all Millie loved her family.

Visitation will be held at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, 5950 South US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL 32955 on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with services at 11:00. Burial will follow at Florida Memorial Gardens.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mildred K. Kelleher

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Brian & Peggy Denison

June 3, 2014

Dennis, sorry about the loss of your mother. Sounds like a remarkable lady bowling into her 90s. We are all blessed when we have a special mother like you obviously had.

Jacqueline & Pete Kersten

February 20, 2014

Our Precious Millie. You truly are my second Mother. I hold you always in my heart. I am so blessed to have had you in my life and that my husband Pete was able to know you as well. Until we meet again. All our love, Jackie and Pete

Jim and Nancy Falanga

February 18, 2014

Dennis, our condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Mike Wrzesien

February 18, 2014

Dennis, your mother sounds like a remarkable woman.

Jan and I will keep you and your family in our prayers. May you find comfort in knowing your mother is enjoying a reunion in heaven with your father, while enjoying the beauty of all that God has presented to her.

Edie & Ralph Guenther

February 18, 2014


We were so sorry to hear of your mother's death. She sounded like quite a woman and added a lot of joy to other people's lives. I know she will be missed.

February 18, 2014

Dennis and Joanne, Please accept our sincerest apology and prayers.
Darlene and Dave Bole

Mike Cuda

February 18, 2014

I have known Millie ever since our families have moved up from Miami in the early 1950's. I've always admired her independent character and her ability to be active in the later years of her life. Even though I haven't been able to see her on a regular basis I think of her as a second mother. May God watch over her in his Kingdom.

Mike Cuda