|(Friday - November
27, 2020) - Jerrold "Jerry" Kelly age 90 of Iron Mountain, passed away
on Wednesday, November 25, at Evergreen Meadows in Norway.
was born on April 25, 1930 in Faithorn, son of the late James and
Winifred (Hayes) Kelly. He was the third of seven boys and one precious
Jerry graduated from Norway High School in 1948. After
graduation he left for Milwaukee with his best friend Larry Reid and
later the two joined the US Marine Corp together.
his country during the Korean Conflict and spent an unbelievably cold
After his military service, he attended Marquette
University, before returning to Faithorn where he bought the family
He later joined the US Postal Service as a rural mail
carrier. He was proud of his career and especially enjoyed all of the
families on his route and knew everyone by name. Jerry proudly served
the Postal Service for over 30 years, where he was very active and
served as president in the Michigan Rural Mail Carriers Union. Jerry
also drove over a million miles to have the honor of being a member of
the Million Mile Club.
Jerry sold the family farm and moved to
Norway, where he was active in the community. He loved being a member of
Oak Crest Golf Club, St. Mary's Church, Knights of Columbus,
Vulcan-Norway-Loretto Lions Club and the Floriano-Stecker-Kelly Post
#340, American Legion in Hermansville. He treasured time spent at the
Rialto bowling with his Tuesday and Friday leagues, where he was known
as the "Captain".
Jerry is survived by his five children Jackie
Gonsalves, Jane (Jeff) Iglhaut, Terry (Gina) Kelly, Mary Pat (Bob)
Madigan and Maureen (Tom) Menard; and their mother Mary Jo Kelly; 10
grandchildren Christina, Jon, Katie, Jordan, Patrick, Marc, Kelly,
Chelsey, Dan and Ryan; three great grandchildren.
He is also
survived by his wife Lorraine Kelly and her children Stephen (Julia)
Sigg, Juliann Leveritt, Claudine (Ron) Taub and Katherine (Steven)
Cantwell; eleven step grandchildren; 8 step great grandchildren
Also survived by his brothers Tom and Charles Kelly; sister Coleen
Strahl; many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his
brothers Jim (Kay), Bruce (Delores), Warren and Bob (Donna) Kelly; and
son-in-law Philip Gonsalves.
Besides family, Jerry's favorite
times were spent in the woods, especially during deer season. Jerry
loved everyone he met and called them friend. Someone once gave him a
sign describing him and it said, "You are a stranger here but once."
This is a long obituary but so were Jerry's stories. How we will miss
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary's Church
in Norway in the spring.
Interment will be held at Riverside
Cemetery in Faithorn.
suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Holy Spirit School
or to Norway-Vulcan School Scholarship Fund.
Condolences to the
family of Jerry may be expressed online at:
Arrangements were made with the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.