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Katherine Ann Neumayer Kelley passes away

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Katherine (Kaye) Ann Neumayer Kelley, formerly of Naperville, Ill. and Chesterton, Ind., died Friday, May 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind.  She was 86.

Born in Omaha, Neb., Kaye was the youngest daughter of Lucas and Katherine Neumayer. Her early childhood was spent in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where her father was the proprietor of the Neumayer Hotel.  After his death in 1929, the family eventually relocated to Chicago, where Kaye graduated from St. Scholastica’s Academy.  She was a student at Mundelein College and Northwestern University before completing her RN degree in 1949 at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Omaha. She began her career as a surgical nurse then later worked as an office nurse for her brother-in-law, a surgeon.  In 1952, she became an airline stewardess for American Airlines, and while she was based in Chicago, she met Raymond Goeddel, a United Airlines pilot whom she married in 1954.  They settled in Naperville, where they had two children, Katherine and Thomas.

After her husband’s death in 1965, Kaye returned to work, first as a Customer Service Representative for Polaroid and later as surgical nurse. In 1972, she married Carl Kelley and moved to Chesterton, where they had a daughter, Mary. Carl and Kaye remained in Chesterton until they moved to Hoosier Village in Indianapolis in 2007.

Kaye gave generously of her time and talents. She will be remembered as a gracious and generous hostess, an amazing cook, a thoughtful and loyal friend, and a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Kaye's days at Hoosier village were happy.  Her family would like to thank the staff who so lovingly cared for her.  We greatly appreciate the skill and affection of her caregivers.

Kaye is predeceased by her parents, Katherine and Lucas Neumayer, her husbands, Carl Kelley and Raymond Goeddel, and by her sisters, Clare Neumayer and Marilou Putman.  She is survived by her eight children and step-children: Nancy Gahl, Indianapolis, Ind.; Phillip Kelley, North Judson, Ind.; Michael Kelley, St. Louis, Mo.; Katherine Goeddel, Portland, Ore.; Thomas Goeddel, Fair Haven, N.J.; Kevin Kelley, Vienna, Austria; Patrick Kelley, Carmel, Ind.; Mary Freedman, Landstuhl, Germany;17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held today at St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, Zionsville, Ind., and was followed by a memorial service in the chapel of Hoosier Village.  The family suggest memorial gifts be made to the Hoosier Village Employee Fund or the Alzheimer's Association.

Leppert Mortuary-Carmel is assisting Mrs. Kelly’s family with arrangements; all are encouraged to visit their website,, to share thoughts or memories. 


(Paid Obituary)

Posted 5/19/2014