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Death: April 15, 2013






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Stanley Kellish

    April 15, 2013
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Life Legacy


Stanley W. Kellish, 97, of Minoa passed away on April 15th at St. Joseph’s Hospital with his loving family by his side. Born in Syracuse on April 10th, 1916 to Mary and Leo Kellish, Stan grew up “on the farm” in Pompey. He married Ethel Richard, the love of his life, on May 15th, 1943 and enjoyed a very loving and nurturing relationship for 70 years. Stan was the proud father of ten children, doting grandfather to twenty grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Ethel and children David (Cris) of Manlius, Ginny (Jim) Lynch of Marcellus, Alan of East Syracuse, Don (Michele) of Niskayuna, Janet (Brian) Stanley of Minoa, Sue Stevens of Sodus Bay, Michael of Waycross, Georgia, and Nancy (Steven) Zacharek of Kirkville, daughter-in-law Patti Kellish of Cincinnati, Ohio, sister Irene (Terry) Stewart of Fabius, brother James of Manlius and sister-in-law Barbara of Manlius. Also survived by grandchildren Karen Gaughan, Pamela Curns, Kimberly DeMonte, Daniel and Stephanie Kellish, Bill and Tim Kellish, Cate and Meghan Lynch, Nathan and Kevin Kellish, Nicole Micklus, Tim and Kyle Stanley, Holly, Bill and Laura Stevens, Sadie, Sophie and Steven Zacharek and great grandchildren Jesse, Catherine and Danielle Gaughan, Sarah and Rachel Curns, Emily and Sidney DeMonte, Samantha and Tommy Kellish, Lexi and Sean Kellish; Evie Karyczak, and Benjamin Micklus.
Stan was pre-deceased by sons Paul and Bob, son-in-law Don Stevens, and brothers Edward, John and Richard.
To say that he relished being the center of attention, would be an understatement, so Stan would be thrilled with a nice long obituary of his many accomplishments. And indeed there are probably too many to mention, but we’ll do our best. Stan was a 1st Lieutenant in the Army proudly serving his country during World War II in the South Pacific. He was also very involved in his Catholic parish of St. Mary’s of Minoa where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and also a member of the Holy Name Society. If it weren’t for the wife and ten kids, some would have sworn Stan would have easily stepped in, or at least been in the final running, for the Papal opening earlier this year.
He was an avid bowler and golfer, and could be seen on the greens until he finally gave up the game to become a spectator at the age of 91. Following in the footsteps of his father, Stan was an accomplished accordion player and loved to treat audiences of all ages to his music. He volunteered to perform at several nursing homes, hospitals and other local establishments for many years. In fact, Stan looked forward to serenading the village “hotspots” including the bank, library and, of course, Louie’s Barbershop every Christmas season. Stan also faithfully volunteered with Ethel for twenty years at St. Joseph’s Hospital, always giving of himself and thinking of others first.
Stan was a successful businessman and former President and Owner of Paragon Supply, Incorporated where he worked for forty years. After retirement, he and Ethel enjoyed traveling together to Hawaii, Florida, Arizona and all across the country.
It should not be held against him that he was a politician, as Stan certainly had the gift of gab. But he was an honest politician at that, serving as County Legislator for Onondaga County. He also worked as a Board Councilman for the Town of Manlius and was the President of the former Minoa School Board.
But perhaps one of his most precious and admirable roles was that of husband and father. He was a true role model in every sense of the word. He taught his children values, commitment, a great work ethic, but especially how to (Polka) dance through life with a smile on your face. To all of the many family, friends, coworkers, parishioners, neighbors, and acquaintances that knew Stan, one could attest to his honesty, his love of family, his devotion to his church and religion, and his uncanny ability to liven up the room at just about any function that he happened to be at. The Kellish family has truly lost the center of their universe today.
Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday, April 18th at St. Mary’s Church in Minoa at 10:00 a.m., with burial following at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at R. H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel, 109 East Avenue, Minoa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to St. Mary’s Church at 401 North Main Street, Minoa, NY 13116.