KELLY, SHIRLEY

A funeral mass was offered Nov. 27 at St. James, Basking Ridge, for Shirley Kelly, 91, previously of Weehawken. She passed away Nov. 20. Born in Scranton, Pa., her family moved to Union City when she was 13 years old. After high school, she worked for the New York Telephone Company. A friend introduced her to her brother, Thomas Kelly, whom she married on Nov. 20, 1948.  On the day she passed away, she and her predeceased husband would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. She raised five children over 17 years. When her youngest child started school, she became one of the first female toll collectors for Port Authority. She became active in the union TWA Local 1400, and rose up through the ranks and served six years as president, retiring in May 1994. She demonstrated a sophisticated confidence working among men in negotiating contracts and fighting for workers’ rights. Shortly after she retired, she was tapped to become president of the Weehawken Senior Citizens Club. The Senior Club flourished with many volunteers who became her wonderful friends. She was awarded Senior Citizen of the Year in May 2000. She is survived by her daughter Debby Kalajian and her husband, Charlie, of Nyack, N.Y.; her son, Tommy Kelly (retired Fire Captain NHRFR) of Spring Lake and Jensen Beach, Fla., daughter Kathy McQueen and her husband, Tom, of Matthews, N.C., her daughter Carleen Kelly and her fiance, Bob Zaccaria, of Basking Ridge, her son, Captain Sean Kelly, of the WPD residing in Weehawken, and grandchildren, Kelly Dieter of Washington DC, Ashley Towns and her husband, Kiel, of Frankfort, Ill., and Kyle Kroen of Vancouver, Wash. She is survived by her brother, Fred East and his wife, Diane, of Montgomery, and many nieces and nephews. Her sister, Beverly Angrisani, predeceased her. Services arranged by the Leber Funeral Home, Union City.

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