Tania Kelley, 87

JAN. 9, 1926-AUG. 3, 2013

August 06, 2013
  • Tania Kelley
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On Aug. 3, 2013, surrounded by family, Tania Kelley, 87, passed away in her Mercersburg, Pa., home.

Her husband, Charles J. Kelley Sr., predeceased her in 1997, just shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Tania was born Jan. 9, 1926, in the Ukraine.

At the age of 16, her strength, pride and strong faith were tested when she was forcibly taken from her home to Germany. There, she eventually met Charles, a World War II American soldier. After marrying, they moved to the U.S., where they raised their family in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Tania became an American citizen and was very proud to have been given the opportunities living in the United States. She loved taking care of her family and had many interests, including gardening, cooking and sewing.

She was a faithful member of St. Luke the Evangelist Mission Church in Mercersburg.

Tania was mother to Maryann Parish (Bill); Charlie Kelley (Jennifer); Michael Kelley (Mary Pat); Mark Kelley; and Joe Kelley (Denise). She also is survived by former daughter-in-law, Nancy Thorpe Kelley; seven grandchildren, Eric Bryan (Katharine); Jeremy, Kristen, Brennan, Patrick, Tyler and Connar Kelley; and two great-grandchildren, Kate and Betts Bryan. She will be remembered by her very dear, lifelong friend, Maria Carpenter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 385 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, Pa., with the Rev. Joseph L. Stahura as celebrant.

There will be no viewing, but the family will greet friends at the church beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at Corpus Christi Catholic Church Cemetery in Chambersburg, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 385 S. Ridge Ave., P.O. Box 218, Greencastle, PA 17225; or to St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 115 Overhill Drive,  Mercersburg, PA 17236.

Arrangements were handled by Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home in Greencastle.

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