Alison Kelly

Alison Kelly

Friday, August 5th, 1960 Sunday, January 13th, 2019

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Obituary for Alison Jayne Kelly

Alison Jayne Kelly, 58, of Safety Harbor, Florida, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019.
Alison J. Kelly was born in Neptune, NJ and was the daughter of the late Eugene and Joan O’Brien Kelly. She lived in Asbury Park and Deal before moving to Mountainside where she spent her formative years. She graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes and attended Union Catholic High School. Her family moved to Darien, CT where Alison graduated from Darien High School. After graduating from Boston College, she earned her certification in American Sign Language from Gallaudet College in DC where she taught for a short time. She then worked in communications and television for over ten years. She loved the four seasons of New England and spent many years working and enjoying life in Boston and Sunapee, NH. She eventually moved to Tampa, Florida to be closer to her father and there she worked for “Go Tonight”. Alison was a devoted daughter who had many wonderful years with her father sharing their love of music, board games, magic and entertaining friends and family. Alison was a consummate Aunt blessed with three nieces and six nephews. They were her pride and joy. She was devoted to spending quality time and kept abreast of all their comings and goings. Each one of them will miss their Aunt Ali. Alison was generous of heart and very thoughtful. She never missed a Birthday across our extensive family and kept the post office busy with continuous gifts and note cards for family and friends just to make them smile. Alison spent summers in Spring Lake with many aunts, uncles and cousins by the dozen. She loved a day on the beach with a good book, with friends and family close by. Alison had a deep faith because of her Catholic upbringing and had a sensitivity for those less fortunate. She made time to volunteer in her community to serve others. Alison left behind a lifetime of dear friends.
Alison was predeceased by father, Eugene F Kelly (2016), her mother, Joan (nee O’Brien) Kelly, (1990). She was also predeceased by her beloved brother, Mark O’Brien Kelly, in 1994, a sister, Adrienne, in infancy, a niece, Ashley Kelly, in 2008, her maternal grandparents, Jack and Treasure O’Brien and her paternal grandparents James and Elizabeth Kelly. She is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Paul F. and Karen Kelly, of Newtown, CT, her sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Jeffrey Willard, of Landenberg, PA and her sister-in-law, Katie Hessels of New Haven, CT. Also surviving are her beloved nieces and nephews Adam, Ian, Connor, Matthew, Brendan and Meagan Kelly, Tracy and JR Willard. She had a very special place in her heart for Wade, Catherine, Ella and Luke Brogno who brought much joy and laughter into her home.
Visitation will take place at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, Wall, on Friday, January 18, 2019, from 8:30-10 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake, NJ 07762 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alison Kelly’s memory may be made to Ocean’s Harbor House, 808 Conifer Street, Toms River, NJ 08753 or
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 8:30am - 10:00am
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
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    Friday, January 18th, 2019
    8:30am - 10:00am
  • Service

    Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 10:30am
    St. Catharine's Church
    215 Essex Avenue
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    Friday, January 18th, 2019
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Bruce Reiss, Robert O'Brien and family , and others have sent flowers to the family of Alison Jayne Kelly.
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Kathleen Bishop

“Cousin Ali” as she would identify herself when she called, was real with my husband Chris and I and we so appreciated her for that. She had a faith that sustained her and a joy in life. She never gave up hope. She had a special relationship with my mother, Kelly Bishop. They called each other “Bubbles “ after a Christmas when they serendipitously gave each other the same gift of a necklace vial of Bubbles. I believe they are now reconnecting, giggling over memories. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
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Kathleen Bishop donated to OCEANS HARBOR HOUSE INC in memory of Alison Kelly
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John Dorio

My sincere condolences to The Kelly Family. Very sad to hear this . We all atttended grammar school at OLL In Mountainside .
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Lydia Diassi

In memory of our beautiful cousin Alison Kelly we love and miss you. Rest in heavenly peace.
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Lydia Diassi donated to OCEANS HARBOR HOUSE INC in memory of Alison Kelly
Comment | Posted at 05:14pm via Memorial Donation

james hughes

Alison had a great caring spirit and infectious smile to brighten your day. She was wonderful to all the cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. At all the holidays gathering at Gene's house she always made sure that the kids got treats, Easter baskets, or gifts. She is now with Jesus, her dad and mom in heaven. God Bless
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james hughes donated to OCEANS HARBOR HOUSE INC in memory of Alison Kelly
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Cynthia Fitzpatrick

My dear cousin Alison may you rest in heavenly peace and meet the Lord with all the love in your heart! You will be missed by all of us that loved your beautiful generous spirit!
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Cynthia Fitzpatrick donated to OCEANS HARBOR HOUSE INC in memory of Alison Kelly
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