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Jean C. (Sweetser) Kelley

Jean C. (Sweetser) Kelley
  • January 23, 1926 - October 13, 2016
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Kelley family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • The Fitch Home
    75 Lake Ave.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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1 of 8 | Posted by: Krista Sweetser - Manlius, NY

“We miss Jean's smile and sweet nature. She always had a cheery greeting for all.My sincere condolences to her loving family. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Joyce Lamb - Wakefield, MA

“I would like to extend my condolences to the Kelley family on the passing of your mother. I did not know your mother or father personally, however,...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Mora Leahy - Melrose, MA


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5 of 8 | Posted by: Nancy Cameron

“So many wonderful memories came rushing back as I looked at the pictures. Mrs. Kelley was such a warm loving person. She was always so kind and...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Carol Hooper - Malden, MA

“We are sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was a pleasure to know and a joy to share each day with these past ten years. Our condolences to the...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Joyce Lamb - Melrose, MA - Friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Jean C. (Sweetser) Kelley passed away at Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham on October 13, 2016; she was 90 years of age. Jean was born in West Medford on January 23, 1926 to the late Sidney & Mary (Chisholm) Sweetser. She was raised in Malden, graduated from Malden High School in 1944 and then from secretarial school in Malden. Mrs. Kelley lived in Malden for many years before moving to Melrose in 1975. Jean worked as a legal secretary, starting out at a law firm in Malden and then for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for over 10 years. Mrs. Kelley was a talented pastel artist, wrote poetry, played the piano, was an avid reader and transcribed books into Braille for Perkins School for the Blind for many years. She and Walt enjoyed their 40th anniversary trip to Europe and taking day trips to Rockport. Jean always had a smile on her face, loved keeping up with all her family's adventures and accomplishments, and was a big fan of New England sports teams. The Kelley Family would like to express their deep appreciation for all the wonderful care given to their Mom by all the staff at the Fitch Home. Jean was the beloved wife of 47 years to the late Walter E. Kelley. Loving mother of Brian Kelley & his wife Lois of VA, Nancy Cameron & her husband Robert of NY, Janet Wolahan & her husband James of Rockport, Eileen Wright & her husband Martin of Hampden and David Kelley of AZ. Cherished grandmother of Joshua, Vada, Megan, Emily, Jennifer, Lauren, Cara, Andrew, Elizabeth & Beryl. Proud great grandmother of Lorelei, Lochlan & Everett. Caring aunt of Kimberly, Krista & Torrey. Loving sister of the late Donald Sweetser. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 4:00-7:00PM. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Saturday, October 22nd at 9AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Herbert St., Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jean's name to the Fitch Home, 75 Lake Ave, Melrose, MA 02176.