Bernice Kennelly

bernice kennelly

February 18, 1936 ~ August 30, 2019

Kennelly, Bernice nee: Grothues, age 83, of a lifelong resident of Leonia, on August 30, 2019. She was born in Englewood, NJ. Beloved wife of the late Edward W. Kennelly. Devoted mother of Kathryn Craig and her husband Chris, Steven Kennelly and his late wife Rita, Edward R. Kennelly and his wife Nancy, Danny Kennelly and his late wife Patricia, Christine DeSanto, and Bernice’s much loved dog Kerry. Cherished grandmother of Christian, Connor, Kelsey, Katie, Emily, Ryan, Lia, Mary, Annie and her husband Zal, Molly, Matty and Charlotte.

Bernice was an active member of the Saint John’s RC Church, Leonia, where she made many life-long friends. She was the recent recipient of the Knights of Columbus Community Service Award. She dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren and volunteered in many of their endeavors. Bernice was a constant caregiver to many friends, family, and loved ones which included hundreds of animals. Her life was filled with loving others and she will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Bergen County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, 100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ 07608

The family will receive their friends on Monday from 4-8pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. The funeral will leave at 10:30 AM on Tuesday for the celebration of her funeral mass in St. John’s R. C. Church at 11am. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Funeral Mass: September 3, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 am

Saint John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
Broad Avenu And Harrison Street
Leonia, NJ 07605

Visiting: September 2, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Cremation: September 3, 2019 2:30 pm

Rosedale Crematory
408 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

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  1. Kathy & family, We were deeply sorry to hear of your mom's passing. They say that grief is the price we pay for love and we know you all loved your mom dearly.
    Please know that we'll be lifting all of you in prayer for the peace of God to settle upon you during this difficult time in the days, weeks & months to come.
    All of our love always, Keith & shelly

  2. I am so sorry to hear this. I have many great memories of her from our high school years. She was always there for everyone. She was a great mother not only to her own kids but to those of us lucky enough to be friends with her children. God Bless you all during this sad time.

  3. Kathy,

    Your mom is in my prayers!
    She was always there for us during our elementary and high school years of friendship!

    Our life is made of days,
    Our days made of moments,
    Tiny miracles punctuate our days,
    A life well lived, like your moms, is firmly planted in the sweet soil of those moments forever!

    Much love to you and your family,


  4. Dear Craig and Kennelly Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that The Lord brings you peace and understanding during this trying time. Even though there will never be a "new normal" like many suggest, you will always have each other and your friends to hang on to when you need. Please know we are thinking of you, and praying for you.


    Sarah, Justin and Annabelle Hernandez

  5. To the Kennelly family,

    There are those people who can change your life greatly, and when they are gone it changes you even more. It was a great pleasure to have known her. Rest in peace my friend.

    Donna Slattery
    Care One at Cresskill

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