Had a passion for sewing

Published in the October 28, 2015 edition

LYNNFIELD — Sally T. (Karwoska) Kelley, a long time resident of Lynnfield, died Friday, Oct. 23, at the Pilgrim Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody. She was 100 years old.

Born in 1915 in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Valerie Karwoski. She was the wife of the late Everett J. Kelley, with whom she had shared 50 years of marriage.

Sally trained as a hairdresser but her real passion was sewing, a skill she honed by making clothes for her family and then followed this passion by teaching sewing classes at her home for many years. She lived most of her life in Lynnfield where she was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and a volunteer at the Lynnfield Public Library. Her hobbies included crafts, cooking, reading and playing golf. She loved traveling and raved about her trips to Ireland and Alaska.

At every occasion possible, Sally loved to dance, especially the polka and she enjoyed doing that recently at her 100th birthday party in March 2015.

She will be lovingly remembered for her optimism and tenacity.

She was the mother of Barbara Nevils and her late husband Timothy, Patricia Kumph and her late husband Paul, Betty Sprague and her husband Edwin, Sally Whitney and her husband Douglas, Mary Nugent and her husband Walter and Denis Kelley and his wife Suzanne. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 36 great–grandchildren.

A funeral Mass celebrating the life of Sally will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 758 Salem St., Lynnfield, followed by burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital, 401 Park Dr., Suite 602, Boston MA 02115.