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Obituary: Doris (nee Kirchner) Kelly Canty


February 7, 1924 – January 21, 2022, in Catskill, NY

Doris Canty passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 21, at Home Sweet Home in Catskill, NY. 

Born in Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of Rosina (Friel) and George Kirchner.  Loving older sister of George, Jr and Richard. She was very close with her mother and two brothers and they all contributed to the household before they got married. 

Doris was married to the late William V. Kelly on 9/23/50 in Jersey City, NJ. They raised five wonderful children living in Livingston, NJ; Needham, MA; Ridgewood, NJ; and finally Manlius, NY.  She is survived by her sons Mark (Vikki) Kelly, Hurst, TX; W. Brian (April Curtis) Kelly, LaGrande, OR; Kevin (Loretta) Kelly, Portland, OR; Paul (Margaret) Kelly, Greenville, NY; and her daughter Ann Kelly, N. Reading, MA; her grandchildren Travis (Katelyn) Kelly, West Linn, OR; Petra Kelly, Denton, TX; Vaughn (Bekka) Kelly, Palmer, AK; Elizabeth Kelly, Denton, TX; Marta (Ben Levitan) Kelly, Rensselaer, NY; Anna Kelly, Greenville, NY; her great-grandchildren Makena and Leo Kelly, West Lima, OR; Otis and Quinn Kelly, Palmer, AK; and Clementine Kelly, Denton, TX.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, her husbands William V. Kelly and James Canty, and her daughter-in-law Diane Kelly.

Doris was a very crafty talented artistic woman who loved home decorating, flower arranging, sewing and gardening. She painted landscapes from New York and Florida in a range of media. She decorated furniture and other items with tole painting, sharing her artwork while enhancing items. These art pieces grace the homes of her children.

She had a career as an office worker and attended college nights at St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, NY. After raising her family, she had a career as a real estate agent in Fayetteville, NY. She served on the Town of Manlius Zoning Board when few women were in such positions. She was active in Garden Club, Gourmet Group and Welcome Wagon.  

During the war she volunteered in the USO clubs to raise the morale of soldiers about to ship out. She did mock fortune telling with cards, then backed off when people ascribed supernatural power to her. She had a distaste for cards after that.

She loved family and children and was loved in return. She was a devoted Roman Catholic, her whole life having worshiped with St. Patrick’s Church, Catskill, NY; San Antonio Catholic Church, Port Charlotte, FL; and St. Ann’s Church, Manlius, NY.

After retirement she lived in Lake Suzy, FL; Port Charlotte, FL; Grapevine, TX, and Catskill, NY.

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