Thursday, April 30, 2009

Eileen H. Kelly (Memorial Preschool Scholarship Fund)

Eileen H. Kelley

Eileen H. Kelley, age 67, of Mentor for the past 41 years; formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 29, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Eileen's smile was always greeting you whenever you stopped at her son, Jonathan's "J's Pizza Market" in Mentor. Prior to that she was a preschool teacher at Widening World Preschool in Mentor and worked at Casual Corner at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor.

She was a graduate of Shaler High School Class of 1959, and a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., where she received her bachelor of arts in education. She was a former "May Queen" and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Allegheny College.

Eileen was the first volunteer for the Hospice of Western Reserve (Lake County Chapter); she volunteered for Meals-On-Wheels in Mentor. She was a member of Western Reserve Junior Service League and Mentor Heisley Racquet Club. She loved to garden.

Survivors are her husband of 45 years, David Kelley; son, Michael (Kim) Kelley of Westerville; daughter, Susan Kelley of North Miami Beach, Fla.; son, Jonathan (Molly) Kelley of Mentor; four grandchildren, Caroline, Amy and RoseMary Kelley and Tristan Escalante; and two sisters, Roberta "Bobbie" (Ronald) Heller Watson of Kirtland and Christine (James) Capitan of Mentor.

She was preceded in death by her father, Elwyn L. Heller M.D.; mother, Mary (Bertovich) Escovitz; and stepfather, David Escovitz.

A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday May 23, 2009, at St. John Vianney Church 7575 Bellflower Road, Mentor. Internment will be in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chester Township.

The family requests contributions to be made to Starting Point, c/o The Eileen Kelley Memorial Preschool Scholarship Fund, 2000 E. 9th St., Suite 1500, Cleveland, OH 44115.

Arrangements are entrusted to Brunner Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Mentor.

Online obituary at

This is the beautiful lady I posted about before.  The mother of my good friend Susan.  Although, you probably do not know her.  We did. 

I would like to take this moment to remember her.  Her legacy she is leaving behind.  She was an extrodinary human with a loving heart for children.  

Please take the time to read this letter from Eileen's husband.  If you would like to participate in helping a child's life, please join in on The Eileen Kelley Memorial Preschool Scholarship Fund.

Dear Family & Friends:


We have just finalized the arrangements for Eileen.  As we mentioned in our previous e-mail, her wishes were to be cremated and to have a celebration of her life at a later date.  We are in the process of carrying out her wishes.


The celebration of Eileen’s life will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2009 @ 11:00 a.m. @ St. John Vianney Church , 7575 Bellflower Road , Mentor , OH 44060 .  We would have liked to schedule the service sooner but the facilities were not available on the dates we preferred.


Many of you know that Eileen taught 3-year olds at Widening World Preschool for many years. Her passion was the children and to give them a positive start with their education.  Eileen did it with a genuine love and enthusiasm that endeared her to the children as well as their parents.  She was always concerned that there were children that had to drop out of the program because their families could not longer afford to pay the tuition.  We now have the opportunity to do something positive for those children and to perpetuate Eileen’s memory. 


We were very fortunate to partner with a local non profit organization, Starting Point (, to create The Eileen Kelley Memorial Preschool Scholarship Fund.  Several months ago, a group of our friends collected a generous sum of money and surprised us with the gift.  We were both very moved by the thought and generosity.  We are going to use this gift to seed the scholarship fund.  Should anyone wish to make a tax deductable contribution, it should be made to Starting Point and designated forThe Eileen Kelley Memorial Preschool Scholarship Fund and sent to:


Starting Point


2000 East 9th Street, Suite 1500

Cleveland, OH 44115


We hope to keep Eileen’s memory alive by helping those children that would otherwise be denied the preschool experience. 


It has been a very long journey for us.  Your support, concern and love has made the journey easier for all of us left behind.   


Love, Dave & Family

6 Personal Thoughts:

Courtney and the Boys said...

Oh, Misty. What a moving tribute, obituary, and letter. Thank you for sharing.

I smile at the Preschool Scholarship set up in her name. I smile because my church's preschool did the same thing for my mom after she passed away. My mom was the Preschool's bookkeeper for many, many years. It made me so happy to know that children who don't have the money to attend preschool can now go because of this scholarship.

Eileen sounds like she was an amazing woman, and I have a soft spot in my heart for teachers. :)

Again, thanks for sharing this.

Tim said...

Very nice post Mist. Very nicely done too!

Your button is back up!

Love and Prayers,


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading Project: Remembering Noah. I greatly appreciate it. From the day he died, all I wanted was for people to remember him. Remember that he was here on this earth and the impact he made. Thank you for being a part of it.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...


What a great memoriam post. Really truly spoken and you can tell that she meant a lot to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I love your family!!! You guys are all GORGEOUS!!!! Amazing!

I use photoshop but sometimes I used a site called Picnik. On the one with my photo of QB2 with his foot out is a mirrored frame and you keep moving the inside picture to show more or less of the mirrored portion....

I am a follower! I linked up to Tim today so I love meeting new blogging friends...

Crystal said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment today. I don't know what I would do without you.. really, you always know the perfect thing to say to lift me up!

My heart goes out to Eileen Kelley's family. Misty you have such a big heart. You are such a blessing to so many people!!

jennie said...

I have such fond memories of Mrs. Kelly - 2 of my children were lucky enough to have her for their teacher before she left Widening World Preschool. I have 2 specific memories. She gave me hope for my son who had some issues and was not affectionate. She said that her son used to be like that and now he is very affectionate. Also, my son gave her his very own Ken doll for Christmas. She was so touched. She said that never in her 20 some years of teaching had a child given her his own prized toy. She obviously made a huge impact in my son's life. She will be so missed.

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