John Paul Kelly


John Paul Kelly, 88, of Waelder, Texas passed away on Friday, March 20 at Gonzales Memorial Hospital in Gonzales, Texas.

Funeral mass is under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas and will be held on Monday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Waelder, Texas with Bishop Michael Bowlette officiating. Interment will follow at Saint Benedicts Farm Cemetery in Waelder, Texas. Visitation will be at the church from 12 p.m. noon - 2 p.m.

John was born on Dec. 21, 1931 in Galesburg, Illinois. He was the son of Paul Anthony and Louise V. (McDermott) Kelly. He attended Notre Dame University and the University of Michigan, and obtained his bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He joined the US Army in 1953 and served in communications until his discharge in 1961. He worked as a Photographer until his retirement. He liked to read and write. John was a people person and enjoyed visiting with anyone. He was a Monk with the Lay Catholic Monastic Community of Saint Benedicts Farm for 60 years.

John is survived by one brother; Garth Kelly and his wife, Stephany of Houston, Texas, and many Religious Brothers and Sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; Paul Anthony and Louise V. Kelly, two Religious Brothers; George Gannon and Henry Studer.

Memorials are requested for: Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church / 417 N College St. / Gonzales, TX 78629

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