In Memory of Francis Michael Kelly, II

March 23, 1930 - February 8, 2024

Resided in Utica, NY


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F. Michael Kelly II, passed away peacefully and with dignity on Thursday, February 8th, 2024. He was born on March 23rd, 1930, in Utica, born to Francis M. and Mary Haunfelner Kelly.

Michael was a graduate of New Hartford High School and Ryder University. He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On March 3, 1952, Michael was united in marriage to the love of his life Margaret Anne Dwyer in Fairbanks, Alaska. After returning from Alaska, they made their home in Utica NY, where they lovingly raised their family.

Until his retirement in 1996, Michael was part-owner of Lynch & Kelly. Michael was a member of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Michael’s hobbies included photography and jewelry making. For several years he owned and operated a small jewelry store on the village square in Clinton, NY.

Michael is survived by his second love, Mary Kelly (Madden), of New Hartford. He was fortunate to meet Mary later in life and they married in 1996. They enjoyed vacationing many winters together in South Carolina.

Michael was preceded in death by Margaret in 1996, his daughter Kathleen (Coria) in 2018, son-in-law Dale Coria in 2022, brother Justin in 2012, sister-in-law Rosemary in 2013, sister Marie (Reardon) in 2023, and brother-in-law John Reardon in 1998.

Michael is also remembered fondly by his children; Dianne and Paul Ernest of Southampton, PA; Sharon and Rocco Elefante of Oriskany, NY; F. Michael lII and Ann Kelly of Prospect, NY; Joseph and Karen Kelly of Binghamton, NY, Jerome and Maria Madden of Newport, NY, Timothy and Karen Madden of New Hartford, NY; Jeffrey and Susan Madden of Yorkville, NY.

Michael’s legacy lives on through his grandchildren: Nicole and Rocco Elefante, Kelly and Kenneth Ernest, Christopher, Kyle, and Patrick Kelly, Luke, Benjamin, and Nicholas Kelly, Rachel, Samantha, Timmy Madden, and Jose Pitti. He was also a beloved great-grandfather to 18 great-grandchildren and leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, as well as two sisters-in-law: Eileen D. Ucekay and Elizabeth D. and William Sink.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Interment will be held at the White Lake Cemetery in the spring of 2024. Arrangements are with Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford.

The Kelly family wishes to thank the staff and providers at the Lutheran Home in Clinton, New York for all the care and compassion shown to Michael.

For online expressions of sympathy go to fwefh.com.