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Kathleen Mary "Kate" Kelly
November 27, 1963 - February 12, 2019
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Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home
216 Washington Street
Port Clinton, OH 43452
(419) 732-3121 | Map
Sunday 2/17, 1:30 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania
5373 S. Main St.
Sylvania, Oh 43560
419-885-5791 | Map
Monday 2/18, 11:00 am

Kathleen Mary “Kate” Kelly, beloved wife, mother, and friend, met the tender embrace of Jesus and Mary late Tuesday night, February 12, 2019, held gently and commended to heaven by her husband and children. Born in Toledo November 27, 1963, Katie was the 13th of 14 children born to Richard and Elaine Schoen. She was …
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Madeleine Leizerman left a message on March 3, 2019:
“Kate loved. She loved her family and friends and many strangers who became her friends.” We were strangers who knew Kate’s love. Our lives were transformed by her love and compassion. Kate embodied love. She had the biggest heart of anyone I ever knew. She was beautiful, and her beauty shone from within. Although we are deeply saddened by her leaving this world, I am grateful that Kate will live on through her beautiful children, and the lives of everyone she touched. I am grateful that Kate and her family know and love God and will be comforted during this terribly sad time. I am thankful for the lesson that is Kate. Through knowing her, our lives have been greatly blessed and enriched. Our thoughts are with Kevin, Jack, Tom, Joe, Dillon, Elaine, Robert, Audrey and Anna, and all of Kate’s sisters and brothers (dear Ellen, we are thinking of you). Our love and deepest sympathy to you all. I’d like to share something that Kate once shared with me – a quote from Mother Teresa. “Spread love everywhere you go… let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” Kate truly lived by these words and was a gift to all who knew her. Love from Maddie & Alan Leizerman, and our girls.
Betsy Booth left a message on February 19, 2019:
Kevin, My heart is with you and your beautiful children during this very difficult time of sorrow. Ellen, Les and family you all are in our prayers. Words can’t express how saddened Jake, Dillon and I are at the loss of Katie. You know how much Katie helped me & my children after my divorce, and I will always remember the love she showed us. Sadly I was out of town & unable to be with you all this weekend, but so blessed to be able to be at the funeral mass today. It was so beautiful. May you feel surrounded by much love from us and our continued prayers. Love, Betsy, Jake & Dillon Booth
Paula Heppner left a message on February 18, 2019:
Sending our heart felt prayers to all the family. It is never easy saying goodbye to a loved one from this world, but through Jesus Christ we can know and be assured we'll see each other again in heaven some day. God's grace and peace to you, Paula (Thompson) & John Heppner, and Marj Thompson.
Karen Hales left a message on February 18, 2019:
My heartfelt condolences to Kevin, all of their children, Kate’s siblings and all of her other family and friends. Mere words cannot express my sadness in your loss. You are all in my prayers. My lasting image of Kate is her beautiful smile and very kind eyes. My greatest bond with her was our senior year in HS when her mom and my dad were both sick with cancer. We really leaned on each other for comfort. We were also from large catholic families and just understood each other in ways that few others could at the time. She was always so strong and gave me that smile and those kind eyes that said, without saying, we’re friends... Our daughters also took a ballet class together and over the years we would see each other from time to time. I always enjoyed our conversations and laughs. I will miss my dear friend. The memory of her memorial mass today has left a beautiful lasting impression on me of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. That is so Kate! Her passion for Heartbeat has inspired me to carry on her efforts there. I hope I can do it justice. Rest In Peace my dear friend knowing your legacy lives on. Sincerely in love and friendship, Karen (Dziengelewski) Hales or ‘Jingles’, my husband Walt and my daughter Audrey and son, John.
Shannon L Layman left a message on February 18, 2019:
To the Kelly family- I join with you in sorrow and grieve your loss, you are all in my heart and prayers. May God bless and comfort you all during this time of suffering. Godspeed to you, Kate! We will miss you here, but we will see you soon!
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Paula Zammit left a message on February 17, 2019:
Kevin, our family was so blessed to live a few doors down from yours in Lathrup Village. Jack, Tom, Joe and Dillon anchored your end of the block with the Vosler kids at the other. In the middle, were us and the Kings. We always think about those years as the "glory" days of San Diego Blvd! My many conversations with Katie centered around good parenting and our faiths, along with some good laughs. It meant a lot to me to have such a beautiful grounded and sweet young mom to share with. She was pure class. Much love and comfort to all of you in the days ahead.
Annmarie Giordano left a message on February 17, 2019:
My husband Phil and I (Annmarie Giordano) moved from NJ to Sylvania, OH in December of 2013. That following January there was a knock at my door and there stood Katie welcoming me to St. Joe's parish. She quickly took me under her wing and introduced me to a Bible book study that she started years ago. That April she and her husband Kevin invited us to share Easter brunch at their home with their children. We will never forget their kindness. Kate was a light in this world. I feel blessed to have known her and to call her my friend. Heaven has definitely gained and angel. We will miss her greatly.
Sharon Hightower left a message on February 17, 2019:
I was raised in Little Flower Parish. Sincere sympathy to Kate's family. Treasure the special memories you all have of her. ♥️♥️ Sharon Metz Hightower
Sandee Bishman left a message on February 17, 2019:
I only knew this beautiful young woman through her sister Cory, my only regret is that I couldn't have met her in person. I would have loved to share my love with her. I tried to accomplish that mission through prayer for Kate and her family. I asked my parishes to pray for her the moment I knew she was hospitalized and kept them all abreast of her health, and we didn't stop praying for her healing. I prayed incessantly with this family for this wonderful Sister in Christ, Mother, wife, daughter, child of God, nurse, volunteer, and most important disciple of God! Now I can pray to her as Kate was, by description, a Saint! My deepest and most loving sympathy for all Kate's family down to the last person who she has in her family tree! You all have to be so proud of Kate, for all she accomplished in her short life time, for the lives she touched, and the incredible love she bestowed on everyone she knew and met. Blessings to this family as you carry on her love and dedication. May our Father God bless and keep you all in his care, and know you are loved by me. Lovingly, Sandee Bishman
helane stiebler left a message on February 16, 2019:
I have been a friend of Kates since first grade. I remember quite clearly the first time I met her. We were all using regular (large) pencils and when we had mastered those we were allowed to move on to the "special" red mechanical pencils. I was not able to hold the pencil correctly and kept digging dark marks as I wrote. It seemed to me that everyone had switched over but me and I began to cry. Kate came to my desk and showed me how to hold the pencil and write a bit more gently. Not sure when I got that darn" special" pencil but I made a new friend. It probably seems like such a small moment, but it has remained in my memory all these years. One small act of kindness, yes? I can see that Kate has linked many small moments together and has created and shared so much love in her life. She will be missed , but I have a feeling that she has passed on all her kindness and love to you Kevin and your children. Love Helane Stiebler
Patti McCartney left a message on February 16, 2019:
Kevin, I know that you and your children are experiencing the comfort and peace now that only Christ can give at a time like this. You and Kate have kept the Faith at the heart of your family since your union together began, and you both come from generations of God-centered homes. The love, cheer, and good will that Kate radiated is your comfort now since she left this world and entered into Eternity. Having Kate as my cousin, friend, and neighbor was a gift that I will always cherish. Oh, what joy when the angels came to greet her! Patti Schoen McCartney
Meg (Bailey) Wasson left a message on February 15, 2019:
I was Katie's roommate our sophomore year at St. Mary's, and am very deeply saddened at our earthly loss, especially for Kevin and their beautiful family. Heaven gained an angel, and I can only imagine the joy of the reunion with her parents, and hopefully a hug from mine as our parents truly enjoyed each other's company together at Sophomore Parents Weekend. Keep shining your beautiful light, Katie. Meg
Fr. Daniel J Zak left a message on February 15, 2019:
Kevin & family....My deepest sympathy to you all. Thanks be to God for the goodness of "Kate's" life. She was truly a beautiful person of God. She touched so many lives with her deep faith, care and compassion. She had such profound respect for the dignity of each human person especially the un born. She leaves a great legacy and wonderful example of what it means to be a wonderful mother, wife, sister, aunt, Catholic Christian and champion for the right to life. She made a difference in the ways she used her time, talent, and resources. Cherish the memories and pray your goodbyes. Her deep faith in the resurrections lead the way for us. May she rest in peace, and may her spirit and deep faith live on in all of you. Be assured of my Masses and prayers as you continue to grieve the loss. Fr. Dan Zak
Mary Bracken left a message on February 15, 2019:
My condolences to all whose lives Katie touched in some way. Knowing her when we were kids, I quickly learned how warm, kindhearted, yet strong she was. I looked up to Katie and keep those memories of childhood locked in my heart. I think I knew, even then, she would grow up to be an amazing, strong woman. And she did. We have lost a very special person but heaven has gained a very special angel.
Kelly Reed left a message on February 15, 2019:
We are heartbroken. Such an incredible and beautiful soul. What a privilege to know Kate and your beautiful family. She has touched so many and forever leaves a mark on our hearts. A part of you is in heaven and may you glimpse God’s amazing love and know His peace in time. We are strengthened in faith by the witness Kate shared throughout her life. Heaven got one of the BEST for sure and we strive to follow the beautiful example of complete surrender to Gods will that you all have given us.
Fr. Tom Helfrich left a message on February 15, 2019:
Oh what a treasure! I ache for your loss even as I celebrate Kate’s new and glorious life. Pray for us, Kate.... Blessings, Fr. Tom Helfrich
Sue Jurski left a message on February 15, 2019:
I will never forget Kate's smile! Christ,'s smile! ?? Sue Jurski
Kelly Keady left a message on February 14, 2019:
The world is less special today.
Christy jacob left a message on February 14, 2019:
I am so grateful I had the great fortune of growing up with Katie and her amazing family. We all knew when we were kids that there was something different about Katie. She was gorgeous but humble, she was funny but never at your expense, she was graceful and, above all, unceasingly kind. Though I didn’t have the pleasure of witnessing her daily life as a parent, I can only imagine what a loving, attentive, gentle presence she was for her 8 children. She is physically gone, but all who knew her will carry her on in love.
Leeann Beach left a message on February 14, 2019:
We are so thankful for the years that Kate dedicated to Heartbeat and the women and men that she served. Her love, compassion, and grace were some of her most beautiful traits that inspired everyone she came in contact with. Kate was a humble servant who saw herself as a vessel that God used to bring His love to every person she served and came in contact with. It was an honor to witness first-hand the power of her influence as many lives were changed as a result. We will forever cherish the legacy that she leaves in each of our lives for generations to come!
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Sarah clear left a message on February 14, 2019:
Kevin and family May you feel the strength that is being poured out to all of you in prayer from so many of us who loved and were touched by Katie amazing heart . Heaven surely celebrated when she entered her new Home . Peace love n prayers to all her siblings also Sarah Clear
Jim and Debby Schaefer left a message on February 14, 2019:
Kevin and family, Debby and I were so saddened to hear the news. Kate was a wonderful person who we prayed for daily. We are so sad that we will not be home in time for the funeral visitation or Mass. Please accept our deepest condolences. We will continue to keep Kate and all of you in our prayers. Warmest regards, Jim and Debby Schaefer
Pat Todak left a message on February 14, 2019:
Kevin and Family, I share in your deep sorrow today. Kate was a rare person who was truly an angel on earth. The love and compassion she showed for the moms she helped at Heartbeat was genuine and heartfelt. I was truly blessed to be able to work with Kate. I will forever cherish the trip we took to St. Louis and staying with your parents there. Sending love and prayers to all of you. Pat Todak
Merrilee Jaskulski left a message on February 14, 2019:
A beautiful remembrance for a beautiful soul. May the angels lead you into paradise!
Lori Cowell left a message on February 14, 2019:
We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of Kate. She was so kind to us and we were thankful to be neighbors with your sweet family. We will surely be lifting you all in prayer. Kevin and family please know how sorry we are. Much love, Kirk and Lori Cowell The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Amanda Geletka left a message on February 14, 2019:
I am deeply saddened to hear of Kate’s passing. Our paths crossed while serving Heartbeat and I admired her from day one. Amazing is an understatement. She was and is an inspiration to all women. I am privelaged to have met her and worked along side her. Rest In Peace Kate. You have left a wonderful mark in this world.
Anne Marie Blank left a message on February 14, 2019:
Kevin, Tom and I are crushed over the news of Kate’s passing. Her smile is so gorgeous and her sincere love and joy were so evident. We know that your deep faith and the faith passed on to your children will carry you through the inevitable grief. I will always cherish the memories of your entire family sitting behind me at mass each week. What a beautiful gift! Please accept our condolences- we will be out of town this weekend but you will continue to be in our prayers. Anne Marie Blank
Cathy & Bruce Fondren left a message on February 14, 2019:
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of Kate’s family and friends. She always made everyone feel special and loved but she was the truly special one ❤️
Lily fischer left a message on February 14, 2019:
A beautiful soul, a beautiful woman, a beautiful sister, a beautiful wife and mom. My prays for you.
Walker Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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