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Edna Mae Kelly -- Winona

Edna Kelly

RUSHFORD — Edna Mae Kelly, 93, of Winona, formerly of Rushford, died on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in St. Charles surrounded by her family.

She was born Jan. 26, 1920, in Bismarck, N.D., to Bryan F. and Lenice (Turner) Coons. Edna graduated as valedictorian from McKenzie, N.D., High School in 1937. While working in Bismarck she met William J Kelly, originally from Osseo, Wis. They were married in Hibbing on May 19, 1942. They lived in Bismarck until moving to Rushford in 1953.

Edna was a stay-at-home mom until all the children were in school. She worked at Winona Industries and then started working at Rush Products in Rushford, retiring in 1988, after 25 years. She enjoyed her grandchildren, cooking, flower gardening, crocheting and crossword puzzles. Edna and William moved to Winona in 2001. William died in 2003.

Edna is survived by her children, Patricia (Tim) Pretzer, of Eyota, Billie Jean (Darol Wiley) Pulkrabek, of Hutchinson, Terrance, of Rocklin, Calif., Lynn (Sandra), of Pine Island, Tammie (Chris) Rothering, of Winona, and Colleen (Bill) Forbes, of Eyota; 17 grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 19 stepgreat-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Elsie Coons, of Bismarck, and Lillian Kelly, of Brodhead, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Sharon; and two brothers.


There will be a memorial service for Edna at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford, with the Rev. Pratap Reddy officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Leave a memory of Edna, sign her online guestbook and view her tribute video at hofffuneral.com.

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