2013-02-21 / Obituaries

Hermina Kelly, 86, of Aberdeen, S.D.


Hermina Kelly Hermina Kelly Hermina Kelly, 86 of Aberdeen, S.D., died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, in the presence of family, after having suffered a stroke.

Hermina was born May 2, 1926, to John and Katherine (Baumgartner) Rohrick in Ridgeview, S.D. She graduated from Linton High School. She married Edward C. Kelly on May 19, 1947, in Linton. They lived in Linton until November of 1957, when they moved to Aberdeen.

Hermina was a hard-working person with a passion for family, church and service to others. Her work included establishing the school lunch program for the Aberdeen Parochial Schools, Managing Goodman News and Carrow’s Formal Wear. After retiring, Hermina enjoyed many years of volunteer work at the Roncalli Nearly New Shop where she built life-long friendships.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was active in the CCD program as an educator. She participated in Altar Society, Catholic Daughters, and volunteered for the St. Mary’s Bazaar. Her strong faith was an inspiration to many.

Hermina’s faith, family and the many friendships made throughout her lifetime were invaluable to her. She enjoyed reading, baking the family favorites of Kuchen and German Noodles, cooking, sewing, playing Rummikub, and Solitaire. She enjoyed visiting new places, but most treasured traveling to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Hermina will be forever loved and missed by her four sons, Patrick Kelly (Barbara) of Bloomingdale, Ill., the Rev. Mike Kelly of Groton, S.D., Tom Kelly (Winnie) of Aberdeen and Jerry (Roberta) Kelly of Glendale, Ariz.; five daughters, Nancy Reiss (Larry) of Las Vegas, Nev., Kathy Kelly of Savage, Minn., Sharleen Berg (David) of Owatonna, Minn., Mary Korthour (Todd) of Shakopee, Minn., and Brenda Heier (Ed) of Prior Lake, Minn.; siblings Jack, Henry and Eleanor; grandchildren, Shannon Watts(Jeremy), Ryan Kelly, Ross Kelly, Paul Kelly(Maira); Penny Truttmann (Sean), Sara Reiss, Nicole Kelly (Jay Belcher), Mikaela Kelly, Emily Berg (fianceAndrew Hayden), Michael

Berg, Elizabeth Berg, Stasha Wuest (Matthew), Matthew Korthour, Megan Korthour, Rachael Heier, David Heier, Adam Heier; great-grandchildren, Nathan Watts, and Jacob Truttmann.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward; parents; grandson Travis Kelly; and siblings John, Joseph, Marie, Edward, Leo, Bernadine, Diane and Florine.

Mass of Christian Burial was prayed on Monday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and was held at St. Mary’s Church, 409 2nd Avenue NE, in Aberdeen.

Her son, the Rev. Mike Kelly officiated along with Bishop Paul V. Swain and Diocesan Priests. Preparation of the gifts presented by Mikaela Kelly, Megan Korthour, Rachael Heier, David Heier and Adam Heier. Eucharist Ministers were Fr. Kelly’s Emmaus-Support Priests. Lectors were Stasha Wuest, Emily Berg, and Elizabeth Berg. Organist was Stephanie Raap. Soloist was Camille Fischer.

Casketbearers were Shannon Watts, Nicole Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Ross Kelly, Michael Berg, and Matthew Korthour.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign her online guest book at www.schriversmemorial.com.

Memorials are preferred by the family.

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