Gail Ann Kelly, age 80 of Wantagh N.Y., passed away June 3 2021, in Mercy Hospice Care from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. She was surrounded by her family who were praying continually by her bedside. Gail was born on May 10th 1941, to Stanley and Jean Craig, in Brooklyn N.Y. She graduated from an all-girls high school, Prospect Heights, in Brooklyn, quickly graduating to marry her true love, Patrick Kelly, who lived next door from the time they were children. They went on to have nine children, one who reached Heaven at the tender year of seven, Donna Ann Kelly. Gail Kelly was the heart and soul to all her children. She was a devoted mother and friend and an active grandmother to all her 43 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was a shining example of devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She led the family in the daily Rosary and always encouraged them to offer up their sufferings for the poor souls in Purgatory. She kept busy through her love of crocheting, decorating, preparing for weddings and her grandchildren’s arrivals. She was a true contributor to her Catholic faith, being the first to volunteer her time, talent, and even her home to help start the first Chapel for the traditional movement. She attended daily Mass and remained close to the Sacraments. She spent the last healthy ten years of her life caring for her mother, Jean Craig. She is the sister to the late Gen O’Malley and Michael Craig and is the in law of Claire Hayden and Bishop Clarence Kelly. She is survived by her children, Edward and Alysia Kelly along with their twelve children, Michael and Christie Kelly along with their eight children and three grandchildren, Kathleen and Patrick Fantz and their seven children and one grandchild, Charles Kelly, Ann Marie Bischofberger and her six children along with Brian Christophersen, and her late son in law, William Bischofberger, Mary and Peter Kearns along with their ten children, Clarence Kelly and Sr. John Marie. She is the grandmother of many religious - Fr. Sebastian Fantz, Brendan Fantz, Sr. Maria Cora and Sr. Joseph Marie. She loved God greatly throughout her life and most especially at the end, offering her constant sufferings and pains for love of Him. God rewarded her for all her sacrifices providing her with so many blessings and graces at the end of her life. Ironically, when Bishop Kelly was a young priest he visited many patients at Mercy Hospice. He realized then how important it was for the suffering to have spiritual consolation. This was his inspiration for starting an order of sisters (the Daughters of Mary) to carry out this mission. Many years later, Gail, his sister-in-law, was at Mercy Hospice. Two of the sisters were by her bedside praying and comforting her. These sisters were her daughter and her granddaughter. God bless and reward Gail Kelly.
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