Mabel Jane "Mitzi" Kelly

March 2, 1930 - December 16, 2014
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Mabel Jane “Mitzi” Kelly, 84, of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully, Tuesday evening, December 16, 2014 in Rockford Memorial Hospital.  She was born March 2, 1930 in Shawano, WI the daughter of Louis and Susan (Knippel) Raddant.  After attending Shawano public schools, she was a graduate of Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, MN, and worked at Highland hospital in Belvidere for two years.  She met the love of her life, Pete Kelly, while in Belvidere and they were married September 14, 1952, in Shawano, WI.  They lived briefly in Morristown, NJ and Madison, WI, before living in Rockford for 12 years.  They moved to Boone County in 1968.  Mitzi became involved in many organizations, serving on the United Way Board many years and acting as its campaign chairperson for two years; she was on the Boone County Conservation Board for five years and served as president of the Town and Country Garden Club, the Women’s Garden Club of Boone county, and the Good Earth Organic Garden Club.  Mitzi was president of the Belvidere Women’s Club and District Four of the Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs.  She became a Master Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension Service in 1982.  Mitzi’s passion was her family, traveling, and gardening; she touched many lives.

Mitzi is loved and will be missed by her children, Kathleen (Lavern) Njos of Belvidere; sons, Dan Kelly of Rockford and James Kelly of Chicago; grandchildren, Shane, Kelly, Cody Njos, Audrey, Michelle and Michael Kelly.  She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Pete.

Memorial gathering will be held from 1:00- 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in care of the Boone County Conservation District or the Ida Public Library in her name.  To light a candle or to share, please visit

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Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel


218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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Memorial gathering will be held from 1:00- 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL


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Born: March 2, 1930
Died: December 16, 2014

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Kathy Mechler posted on 12/18/14

So very sad to see this. I loved having her stop in at our lawn and garden center during the summer spreading her knowledge for all to listen. This wonderful soul will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time of sorrow. With Deepest Sympathy - Kathy Mechler and the Shopko Lawn and Garden Staff


Minoo Hagshenas posted on 12/19/14

Mitzi was so wise, passionate and knowledgeable about the environment and gardening. She taught me so much. I will miss her.


Sue ( Hauth) Mullis posted on 12/19/14

I remember the parties that were had at Pete & Mitzi's house while growing up. The grownup would party upstairs and the kids did the same in the basement. Fond memories. Mitzi was a fun person to be around and she will be missed.


Connie Bailey posted on 12/20/14

Mitzi was such an inspiration with all her gardening knowledge. She taught me lots. My thoughts and prayers to the family. She will be missed.


Sherry Blazer posted on 12/22/14

Oh how I will miss Mitzi, my Friday mornings will never be the same. I have done her hair for many years and we had quickly become friends...and she was the bright spot in my week :) She adopted my dog Sophie when I could not give Sophie the attention she deserved and I think Sophie was just what Mitzi needed at that time after just losing Pete. My thoughts and prayers go out to her kids and Grand kids...she sure thought the world of you all as I heard countless stories about her family. Rest in peace Mitzi, you and Pete are together again.


Diann and Kim Helnore posted on 1/2/15

Mitzi was a good neighbor and friend as was her husband Pete before he passed on before her. Our deepest condolences to the family. Sincerely, Diann and Kim Helnore


Dan and Diane Kane posted on 1/4/15

Mitzi was such an avid supporter of gardening, the environment, Boone County Conservation District, and so much more! She was actively involved in so many groups and organizations and contributed greatly to the benefit of the Belvidere and Boone County Community. She will be greatly missed.