2018-05-16 / Obituaries

Stella Kelly

Stella Wanda Mech Kelly, lifelong resident of Bedell (Red Kill) outside of Fleischmanns, and more recently of Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, passed away on Monday May 14, 2018.

Stella was born Septemenber 30, 1929 in New York City to Antonia Figurski and Karol Mech. She moved to Fleischmanns as a youngster where she grew up on her parents’ farm and boarding house. She graduated from Fleischmanns High School, in 1946 and began working as a telephone operator in Florida for a short time.

She continued to work for the telephone company in Fleischmanns as an operator for many years, as well as at her parents’ boarding house during the summers. She also had a cake decorating business, and made wedding cakes for her children and many others. In 1964 Stella took over the mail carrier route for Clovesville and Bedell, and retired in 2007 after 43 years. She was honored many times and was written up in Country magazine for her long career and distinguished mail delivery which included gum and candy for the younger ones on her route (and cookies for her three grandchildren at the time.) Stella also was the accompanist for her and her husband’s band, Hilt Kelly and the Sidekicks, for their square dances, and in their teaching of traditional music to youngsters both in Roxbury Central School and the Manhattan Country School Farm.

She lived with her husband Hilton for nearly 60 years in the house that they built in Bedell. In October 2015, hilt Kelly Hall in Roxbury was rededicated and named Hilt and Stella Kelly Hall, an honor which she was overjoyed to receive.

Stella took great pride and joy in raising her two children Linda and Lynn, camping with her family, cake decorating, bowling in a league for many years, and playing pinochle with her and Hilton’s good friends. She also enjoyed word puzzles and crocheting, creating many beautiful pineapple doilies and afghans in her younger years, and afghans for her great-grandchildren and other friends from her residence at Mountainside in her later years. Her very favorite past time was playing Bingo.

Stella is survived by her daughter Linda (James) Armour, son Lynn (Donna) Kelly, “adopted” son Lou Cataffo, granddaughters Kelly Armour (Patrice Huart), Vernoica Armour (Noah Paul), and Heather (Chad) Livermore, grandson Nicholas (Laura) Kelly, and seven great-grandchildren, Eric and Alana Kelly, Bryan, Hayley, and Caleb Livermore, and Sofia and Victor Armour-Paul.

She is also survived by her brother Karol (Kathleen) Mech. She was predeceased by her sisters Helen Miller and Anna Kelly, her brother Adolph Mech, and grandson Bryan James Kelly.

Donations in her name may be made to the American Heart Association, The Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society of Mountainside Residential Care Center Activities Fund.

Calling hours will be held at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville on Saturday May 19, from 5-8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be at 1p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church, Roxbury with the Rev. Richard Dykstra, officiating.

Committal Services will follow at the Bedell Cemetery, Fleischmanns. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home.

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