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Esther Kelly, 101

Esther (Peterson) Kelly was born 101 years ago in Minneapolis, to Margaret and William Peterson, and went to meet her maker Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Cokato Manor in Cokato.

A celebration of life will take place at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour before the service.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake, 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com.

Esther had a sister, Alice, and brother, Arthur.

She graduated from South High School in Minneapolis in January 1936.

She married Arthur (Bud) Kelly July 3, 1937. They were blessed with two children, Pat and Jim. In 1951, they moved from Minneapolis to Mound (Island Park).

Esther worked at Tonka Toys in the office from 1953 to 1983. She belonged to the Mound American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW. She volunteered at the senior center for a number of years. She moved to Howard Lake in 2001.

Esther is survived by daughter Patricia (Wayne) Diers of Howard Lake, and son James (Lejla) Kelly of Montrose, six grandchildren, Richard Diers, Wendy Diers, Brian (Jane) Diers, Bruno Kelly, Jill (Dean) Wrobbel, and Mike (Shannon) Diers, 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband Bud Kelly, grandson Patrick Kelly, parents, sister, Alice Almstedt, and brother Arthur Peterson.

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