Kelly, Olive Ann Bloedow

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kelly_olive_bloedowOlive Ann Bloedow Kelly, 89, of Blacksburg, died Friday, June 11, 2010 at her home. She was born in Oshkosh, Wis. on April 18, 1921 to the late George and Elinore Kramer Bloedow. She was raised in Van Dyne, Wis. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Marion College in Fond du Lac, Wis. and a Reading Specialist Master’s Degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She taught two and a half years in a one room school house for grades 1 thru 8. She was a pillar at St. Mary’s Catholic Church since 1955, where she sang in the choir and taught religious education classes (CCD) 3rd grade. She also served as Director of Religious Education at St. Mary’s and was a substitute teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools. She was a member of the Rosarians Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert Frank Kelly, a son, Paul Robert Kelly, a granddaughter, Jennifer Grace Atkins, and a sister, Margaret (Sis) Kulibert. She left a legacy of unconditional love to her surviving family, three daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Kathryn (Kathy) Kelly and Wayne Radford, of Christiansburg, Patti and Anthony Yates, of Harrisburg, N.C., Jean and John Mullins, of Blacksburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Daniel (Danny) Kelly and Shelley McElhanon of Charlotte, N.C., Mike and Jan Kelly, of Matthews, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, Rob Atkins, Heidi Sanders, Anthony Atkins, Olivia Hansford, Rory Kelly, Kim Mullins, Andrea Mullins, Sean Kelly, Clara Jean Kelly, Casey Kelly, Zak Kelly; and five great-grandchildren, MacKenzie and Paul Gage Sanders, Cody McAleer, Sam and Isabelle Atkins; nieces and nephews, Jim Kulibert, Jeff Kulibert, Renee Kulibert Barnes; special cousins, Donna Rae Beernink, Mary Ann Schabel; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass will be conducted Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Remi Sojka officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Religious Education Programs or the Carilion New River Valley Hospice. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.