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Fr. Thomas F. Kelly

July 11, 1930 June 30, 2020
Fr. Thomas F. Kelly
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Obituary for Fr. Thomas F. Kelly
Peoria-Fr. Thomas F. Kelly, 89, of Peoria, passed away at 7:19 AM on Tuesday June 30, 2020 at Independence Village.

Born July 11, 1930, in Peoria, he was the son of Martin and Margaret (O’Loughlin) Kelly. He was a Spalding Institute class of 1948 Graduate and further went on to attain his Master’s Degree in Theology. He was ordained on May 27, 1956. Asst., St. Joseph, Rock Island, 1956; St. Paul, Odell, 1958. Asst. chaplain, Newman Foundation, Champaign, 1959. Chaplain, Newman Foundation, Bradley University, Peoria, 1963. Co-pastor, St. Columba, Ottawa, 1973. Adm., St. Columba, Ottawa, 1974. Co-Pastor, St. Columba, Ottawa, 1974. Pastor, St. Columba, Ottawa, 1978. Leave of absence, 1983. Adm., St. Mary, Tiskilwa, 1983. Pastor, St. Anthony, Bartonville, 1985. Senior status, 1999.

Survivors include two sisters: Elizabeth Vickrey of South Elgin, IL and Rosemary Kelly of Elk Grove, IL; three nieces: Caitlin Kelly of Washington, D.C., Megan Mercer of Virginia, Mary Rosenquist of Chicago; two nephews: Tim Vickrey of Elgin and Jim Vickrey of Lockport, IL, and two special friends: Sister Eleanor Hoffmann and Sister Rosalind Forrest.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Fr. Joseph Kelly and Jerry Kelly.

There will be a private family Funeral Mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bartonville. Fr. David Heinz and Msgr. Douglas Hennessy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria. A public Memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorials in Fr. Kelly’s memory may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

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Services are private.

Cemetery Details


St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

421 N. Sterling Ave
West Peoria, IL 61604

421 N. Sterling Ave West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Anthony Catholic Church

2525 S. Skyway Rd.
Bartonville, IL 61607

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