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Beatty & Peterseim Funeral & Monument Services
Monday July 15th, 2019
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Prairie Flower Baptist Church
Tuesday July 16th, 2019

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Ethel Kelley

A celebration of life for Ethel Darlene (Sojka) Kelley, 94, of Marion, formerly of Kalona and Washington, will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Prairie Flower Baptist Church in rural Washington with Pastor David Cotner officiating. Burial will be at Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona. Visitation will be held Monday, July 15, from 4 – 7 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for  Hospice of Washington County. Darlene Kelley died Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Living Center East in Cedar Rapids.

Ethel Darlene (Sojka) Kelley was born October 27, 1924 in rural Riverside, Iowa, the daughter of Ray E. and Frances A. (Perrin) Sojka. She graduated from Kalona High School, received her Teachers Certificate from Iowa State Teachers College, and later received her master’s degree from the University of Iowa. On July 18, 1945, she was united in marriage to Richard E. Kelley in Harvard, Nebraska. Darlene started her teaching career in a one room Schoolhouse. She later taught at various schools, including Prairie Flower School, Washington Schools, and the Mid Prairie Schools of Kalona and Washington Township. After she retired from teaching, she worked at the Halcyon House as a CNA. Darlene was involved in many organizations, including 4H, the Idris Club in Kalona, the Retired Teachers Association, and a member of the Kalona United Christian and Baptist church.

Survivors include four children: Ronald Kelley of Cedar Rapids, Stephen (Connie) Kelley of Parker CO, Joyce (David) Weber of Marion, Coralie (Ryan) Miller of Wellman; three sisters: Frances McGaffey of Wellman, Rosamond Goodlander of Washington, Lovila Jane Rinaldo of Varna IL; eight grandchildren: Kimberly Gruemmer, Kathy Errico, Kelley Thirtyacre, Stephanie Brady, Jaimie Berger, Zachary Berger, Hannah Schveiger, Amanda Miller; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard in 1996, two brothers, Raymond Sojka, and Leland John Sojka, son-in-law Mark Berger, and daughter-in-law Marsha (Geringer) Kelley.

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Sending my condolences to your family during this difficult time.

Kaylyn Croshier Jul 15 2019 12:00 AM

Our family has lost a very special aunt and our mother her oldest sister! We wish to express to our Kelley cousins and their families our deepest sympathy. May God grant you much comfort and peace as you adjust to your mothers absence from you lives. Cherish the memories of the years you had together! All our love, Paul and Carrie Bennett and family

Carolyn Goodlander Bennett Jul 15 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!! Lots of Love, the Junge's, Vogt's, Larry Dvorsky and Ron Gefaller.

Jul 15 2019 12:00 AM