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Joanne Elizabeth Kelly
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Cedar Rapids


Joanne Elizabeth Kelly passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Joanne was born May 21, 1934, in La Crosse, Wis., to Carl and Ann Tischer. After Joanne's father passed away at an early age, the family relocated, eventually settling in Marion, Iowa. Joanne married Harlan "Buck" Kelly at First Christian Church in Cedar Rapids on June 12, 1953. Joanne and Buck were blessed with two daughters, Paula Mae and Ann Elizabeth.
Joanne loved to cook and kept an immaculate home. Her passion for cooking was evident as she prepared meals for local schools and restaurants, eventually retiring from Kingston Hill in 2000. After Joanne's retirement, she continued preparing meals for family and remained active through her devotion to all family members near and far. Her favorite times were spent on summer morning walks and tending to her beautiful collection of flowers and yard plants.
With her kind heart, gentle demeaner and gracious attitude, Joanne was loved by all who were fortunate to know her. Consistently interested in everyone's well-being, willing to help whenever possible and always sharing a kind word, Joanne's family adored and cherished her.
Joanne is survived by her brother, Robert Tischer, along with her sisters, Mary Grimm and Lawanna (Ron) Ottaway, all of Cedar Rapids. Remaining to cherish Joanne's memory are daughters, Paula (Larry) Tiernan and Ann Melsh; and grandchildren, Anthony (Tracy) Ebsen, Paul Melsh (Katie) and Alissa Melsh (Gentry), all of Cedar Rapids. Additional survivors include seven great-grandchildren, plus many nieces and nephews.
Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buck in 2007; her brother, Billy; sisters, Carol and Rosemary; plus twin grandsons.
Per Joanne's wishes, there will be no services.
The family would like to extend sincere gratitude to the neurology staff at UIHC, the nursing staff at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids during her brief stay there, Care Initiatives Hospice and Father Mark Reasoner of St. Jude Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association.
Teahen Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family.

Posted on Wednesday, 1 November 2017