In memory of
Elizabeth Kelly Wife of former Assemblyman John V. Kelly Elizabeth Kelly, loving wife of former Assemblyman John V. Kelly, surrounded by family, passed away peacefully at her home on June 9, 2019. She was 87 years old. Visitation will be at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Ave., on Thursday, June 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. (Please note that access to the Dodd Street entrance of the Biondi Funeral Home should be made from Vreeland Avenue). The funeral will be conducted on Friday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Church, Nutley, at 10:45 a.m. The entombment will be at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington, N.J. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit our website at biondifuneralhome.com . Elizabeth was born in Jersey City, N.J., on Sept. 2, 1931, to the parents of John and Irene Meli (nee Saprin). "Betty" as she was called by her family and friends, grew up in Jersey City, N.J., where she attended Dickinson High School. In 1949, she met her future husband, John, at the Holy Name Parade in Jersey City. The two were married in 1954 in Union City, N.J. Betty and John moved to Nutley in 1964, where they raised their four children, Regina, Joseph, John, and Renee. Betty was a homemaker who was a phenomenal cook. She loved having the kids and grandkids over her house every Sunday for macaroni. She also served up great stuffed eggplant, stuffed peppers, stuffed artichokes, and homemade meatballs. "Grandma Betty" as the grandkids called her, celebrated the Italian tradition of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve with the entire family. She would then turn around and cook Christmas dinner for the entire family the next day. The holidays were also a special time for her to bake countless different Christmas cookies during the Christmas season and her fantastic Irish soda bread on Saint Patrick's Day. Betty was also a rock in the household, who her husband, John, used to say "You Light Up My Life." Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she is now reunited in heaven with her loving husband, who she was married to for 55 years. Betty is survived by her brother, John Meli; her children, Regina Kelly-Lascola and her husband, Donald, Joseph and his wife, Cathy, Dr. John and his wife, Cindy, and Renee and her husband, John T. Kelly; her grandchildren, John III, Lauren Kelly-Schiller and her husband, Brad, Elyse Kelly-Devault and her husband, Zach, Diandra, Alexa Kelly-Winter and her husband, Tommy, Christa, Christopher Lascola, Joseph, Matthew, Luke, and Kristen, and also her great-grandchildren, Lincoln Schiller, Anastasia Schiller, Calvin Schiller, and Jackson Devault. In lieu of flowers, donations to John V. Kelly Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 691, Franklin Ave., Nutley, N.J. 07110, would be appreciated.
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