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Hilda Kelly

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Hilda Kelly age 101 of New Hampton died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, New Hampton with Pastor Daniel Faugstad presiding. Jane Faugstad will be the organist accompanying the congregation singing, 'Abide With Me', 'I'm But A Stranger Here' and 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus'. Interment will be in the New Hampton City Cemetery with Chandler Cayot, Wally Knutson, Tom Gorman, Dan Fliger, Matt Peters and Allison Peters as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Hilda Kelly was born September 26, 1915, near Saude, in rural Chickasaw County IA, the daughter of Otto and Hannah (Leifson) Hansen. She was baptized and confirmed at the Saude Lutheran Church. In her youth, she was a household helper to the Ed and Snick Donohue family. She attended rural school in Chickasaw County and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1934. Hilda taught in the rural schools in Chickasaw and Howard counties until her marriage to John Kelly on June 29, 1940. Since her marriage, Hilda has lived in New Hampton. She was a charter member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Hampton and has been an active member all her life. She was the last remaining charter member of that church. Hilda especially enjoyed gardening, baking, fishing in Canada and time with her family and friends. Hilda is survived by her son, Bill (Connie) Kelly of Stillwater, MN; one daughter, Patricia Peters of Weston, MA; five grandchildren, Laura (Tom) Gorman, Anjie (Chandler) Cayot, Jim (Wendi) Kelly, all of Woodbury, MN, Matthew Peters and Allison Peters both of Boston, MA; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Cayot, Katie Kelly, Caroline Cayot and Matthew Kelly. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John H. Kelly on September 2, 2001; one brother, Darius Hansen; two sisters, Thelma Halvorson and a sister in infancy; and step-father, Martin Borlaug.

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  1. Regards to Hilda’s family. So glad we connected through her good friend, Lorraine. Bill has fond memories of looking for hickory nuts with them. What a pair. Hilda was a witty and wise woman.

  2. Our sincere sympathies on the loss of your deal Hilda. She was a classy lady. Rich remembers when John and Hilda and Paul and Velma did a lot of socializing as young couples. Maybe attendants in the wedding. May she Rest In Peace. Rich and Marge

  3. From Lynn Cavanaugh and Linda and Michael Jennings purchased the Emerald Garden Basket for the family of Hilda Kelly.

  4. Kelly family, My deepest sympathy goes out to the family in the lose of your mother. Hilda was a wonderful lady and was always willing to help at all our dinners and soup suppers.She will be missed by many. Gloria Parks family

  5. We extend our condolences to Bill and Patricia and their families on the passing of Hilda. We grew up next door in the 40s and 50s in NH and have felt like family ever since. Hilda was a remarkable person that we admired and respected. She was devoted to her family, friends and church. I have a lifetime of memories that I treasure greatly. She will be missed. We ask for God’s blessings for Hilda and her family. Dan (& Pat) Fliger

  6. When my mom went into the new Hampton nursing and rehab she sat at the same table as Hilda. Hilda was always so friendly and was a classy lady! She always made us smile when we were out visiting. Mom sat at the same table as Hilda. Every day when mom would come to the table and Hilda would already be sitting there eating her peanut butter she would say to Mom,’ Oh, there you are!’ And they would hold hands for a minute. I’m pretty sure when Hilda gets to heaven she is going to find my mom (who passed away last August) and say ‘Oh, there you are!’ That makes me smile! Thinking of you as you celebrate her life! Kim Hennessy

  7. Our sympathy to you Bill, Connie, Patricia and family of Hilda. She was a wonderful lady and we always enjoyed time with her. We are sorry we will miss her services as we are still in Florida but know you all are in our thoughts. Jack & Nancy Anderson

  8. To Patty, Bill & Connie, I fully intended to drive to New Hampton and attend your Mom’s funeral today, however, waking up with a ‘bug’ of source, I decided it just wasn’t a good idea. I feel so bad because I might be the only person left of our GRAND Old BRIDGE Club of many years ago. What wonderful times our gang had. Ralph & I enjoyed many trips and other occasions with your folks. Crazy days, but such fun. My sympathy to all of you. Gerry Kennedy

  9. I am just now learning of your mom’s passing, old friends, old neighbors, many good times, happy memories for sure of a good life, a good family, and many wonderful people from our parents’ group of friends. My thoughts are with you.

  10. Hilda was one of those beautiful people you always remember. Remember her so well as she always looked so beautiful and had a great smile. She has left you all with a beautiful legacy.. God Rest Her Soul! With Sympathy, Jean Ann Bjonfald (Anderson)


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