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November 26, 2012

John A. O'Kelly

John A. O’Kelly

ONEONTA — John A. O’Kelly, 81, of Oneonta, passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.

John was born on March 16, 1931, in Oneonta, the son of the late James P. and Marguerite (Gilbert) O’Kelly.

He married Carol Brown on May 11, 1951.

John worked as a plumbing foreman for more than 30 years for the D&H Railroad. After retiring from the railroad, he worked for 15 years for OPT.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Oneonta American Legion Post 259, the Oneonta Elks Lodge 1312 and the NRA.

He enjoyed shooting pool and was considered by many to be one of Oneonta’s best. He especially enjoyed his Friday meetings with his family and friends at No Place.

John is survived by his wife, Carol Van Hoesen of Oneonta; his children, Judith Pelkey and her husband, Wallace of Alburg, Vt., Janet O’Kelly and partner, Marie D’Entrone of Troy, Jonathan O’Kelly and his wife, Lidia of Washington, D.C., JeriLynne O’Kelly of Sanger, Calif., and Steve O’Kelly and his wife, Anne of Hobart, Ind. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Beverly Thomson and her husband, Richard of Mount Vision; his sister-in-law, Dorothy O’Kelly of Meredith; and many nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his parents; his two brothers, James and Robert O’Kelly; and his granddaughter, Erin Hammac.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta at which time the family will be in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

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