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Obituary - Margaret M. Kelley

Margaret M. Kelley

Date of Passing: September 21st, 2016

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Temple Emanu-El, Abraham House, or the Stevens-Swan Humane Society

Margaret M. Kelley, 73, of Utica, passed away September 21, 2016, at Abraham House after her third battle with cancer. She was born April 6, 1943, in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of the late Fred and Margaret Mary Lee Guenthner. As the daughter of an Army officer, she moved frequently in her youth. She traveled to such places as Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Richardson, AK; El Paso, TX, and Kaiserslautern, Germany. Her family settled in Huntsville, AL, where she worked as a secretary at Redstone Arsenal. It was at Redstone where she met and married her husband, George Kelley. They eventually moved to Central New York, where they lived in New Hartford and raised their two daughters, Michelle and Jennifer. At the time of her death, she was employed with Allied American Abstract Company. She was a member of Temple Emanu-El, its Sisterhood, and served on the Temple cemetery committee. Maggie was a long-time runner; she began with running long distances, and ran in the Boilermaker several times during the late 1980's and early 1990's. She then ran marathon distances, and in her later years, decided to switch gears entirely and transition to track running. She competed several times in track events at the Empire State Senior Games. She was an animal lover, and at the time of her death, had 5 dogs, all of which were rescue dogs. Maggie was also a die-hard Alabama football fan: Roll Tide Roll! She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Michelle MacEnroe of Utica, and Jennifer and Eric Stanley of Minoa; a sister and brother-in-law, Rose Marie and Charlie Petty of Decatur, AL; a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Anna Guenthner of Taunton, MA; three grandchildren, Vanessa and Alyssa Stanley and Alexander MacEnroe, as well as several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be Friday at 11:00 am at Temple Emanu-El Cemetery, Roberts Road, New Hartford, with Rabbi Cassi Kail officiating. Following the service, all are welcome to a luncheon that will be served at Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Abraham House for their care of Margaret; to her Hospice staff, and also to Dr. Alicia DeTraglia and her office for their treatment and dedication during Margaret's illness. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider Temple Emanu-El, Abraham House, or the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in her memory. Arrangements are with the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford.


Rest in peace, my lovely friend. My long, long time running friend. Remembering your funny take on life, your adventurous spirit; you ran a 5K in Oswego even though your distance really was 50 meters with a start block! And you brought the chocolate cookies for the Chargers team. You made Nadine laugh as she learned from you how really TO USE that start block. May that start block be bronzed for the Man on Your Arm through these past few months, your beloved grandson. All my love today, Dear.
Lennie Tucker

As Margaret's co-workers at Allied American Abstract Corp., our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have known Margaret for over 25 yrs. Margaret was a very sweet and gentle soul. She will be missed by many. Marianne Czupryna
Marianne Czupryna

Rose and Charlie, we are very sorry to hear of her passing but delight in the fact that one day we will all be there together rejoicing pain free. I look forward to being with our loved ones to sing praises to our Lord. Oh what a beautiful day that will be! Our love and our prayers will continue to be with you all. God bless!!
Lori Kent

Rose, Charlie, and family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sending you my love.
LouAnne Stanford

Michelle and family, We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. Our sincere condolences. Joe and Erlene
Joe & Erlene Puleo

So very sorry for your loss. Margaret has been a "down the street" neighbor for many years. She would stop and talk now and then when she was walking her dogs. Our grandsons were born close together and we would share stories on occasion. She was a nice person and a wonderful caretaker of her animals. My deepest condolences to all her family.
Carol Dowdall

Sorry for your loss Michelle and all of the Kelley family.
Brenda Card