Rose M. Kelly


Rose Kelly  (née Semeraro), of Point Pleasant, NJ, (and formerly of Pompton Plains, NJ)  affectionately known to her family as “Nana Banana”,  passed away peacefully with her family beside her on Sept 9, 2017. She was 88.

Rose was born on August 14, 1929 in Paterson NJ to her parents, Cosimo and Angelina Semeraro. She grew up in a full house with 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

Beginning in 1948, she had an exciting career working at Bell Atlantic of NJ holding various positions. Her favorite being an operator on the night shift – which she shared many hilarious stories about her late night calls. In 1958 she took a 28-year “maternity leave” after the birth of her first child, and returned back to work at Bell Atlantic of NJ in 1986. After 10 more years she retired in 1996. 

She met Bill Kelly in 1954 at the “Polish Dance Hall” in Passaic NJ. They married on Sept 10, 1955. Most of their married life was spent living in Pompton Plains, NJ where many lifelong friendships were made. Bill and Rose shared 62 wonderful years together.

The way she lived her life was a true example of pure love, eternal hope and endless charity. She spent years in selfless service to others, as a caregiver to family and friends, always putting others before herself.

Rose was a devoted wife and loving mother. She was very proud of her children and especially her grandchildren, whom were her greatest joy in her later years. She cherished every moment spent with them.

Our hearts are filled with the love she gave us. She was our guiding light and now our guardian angel.

Rose is survived by her loving husband Bill, daughter and son-in-law, Erin and William Vonderhorst of Warwick, NY; her daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Michael Caravaglia of NYC; her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Laura Kelly of Montville, NJ; six grandchildren, Maegan & Max Vonderhorst, Julia & Madeleine Kelly and Angela & Joseph Caravaglia; three sisters, Catherine, Lea and Lookie; and many beloved nieces, nephews and life long friends. Rose is preceded in death by her sister Antoinette and brothers Frank and Michael (Arky). 

A funeral service will take place on Friday, Sept 15, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church in Warwick, NY. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rose’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rose’s favorite charity, the Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.    

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Dear Erin , Will and family, We are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing w. You have wonderful memories that will keep her alive in your hearts forever. God bless you all and give you peace and comfort. Love, Kathy and Darryl
Kathy and Darryl Brown
prayers and condolences to the kelly family from the McKinleys
bill mckinley
My sincerest sympathy to family and friends. Rose was a lovely women with a kind heart. God bless you all. 😇✝️
Susan Malone Finn
Rose was a true inspiration to all of us always giving selflessly to those in need . Her Faith in Our Dear Lord was ever present both in her and in Bills lives. Let us all continue to follow her example of life . The World is a better place because of her Love.
Peter&Kathy Failla
As if I wasn't lucky enough to have the two greatest grandmas, God blessed me with my Aunt Rosie too! She treated me as her own, and I am forever grateful. I will cherish all of the memories we made and all the adventures we went on especially all of the summers and holidays I spent with her and my grandma. All of my love to uncle bill, Erin, billy, Colleen, and their families. Xoxo
Lisa Laurenzi
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