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Mary Amberg Kelley dies at 77

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Mary Amberg Kelley, 77, a LaPorte County area resident, passed away March 3, 2007 at 2:22 a.m. in her home.

She was born November 9, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Edward L. and Isabelle (Budds) Karls.

She was married to Edward J. “Ted” Amberg, Jr., who preceded her in death, then to O.J. Kelley who also preceded her in death.

She is survived by four daughters, Margaret “Maggi” (Tom) Spartz of LaPorte; Janet (Dan) Hosna of Michigan City; Elizabeth “Betsy” Amberg Fleek of Naperville, Ill., and Susan (Jeff) Amberg Pluto of Batavia, Ill.; a son, Edward “Jay” (Christine) Amberg, III of LaPorte; a sister, Nancy Peecher of Chicago; 11 grandchildren, T.C. and Carolyn Hosna, Emerson, Dylan, and Drew Spartz, Natasha and Kareya Fleek, Nicole and Casey Amberg, Haley and Jenna Pluto; her beloved dog, Genie; two nieces and one nephew.

Mary worked at the LaPorte County Visitor’s Bureau Information Desk, Newcomb Printing, the News Dispatch, and Edward A. Jones.

She graduated from the American Academy of Art, Chicago, was an avid crossword puzzle solver, and participated in many Indiana and Illinois art shows for over 40 years. Some of Mary's artwork is shown at the LaPorte Symphony Gallery in LaPorte, and at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City. She was editor of the Dunes Shore newspaper and president of the Civic Association in Beverly Shores.

Mary served many years as historian, club librarian, and editor of the Windjammer newsletter for the Michigan City Yacht Club. She was president of the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra's 2006-2007 “Friends of the Symphony” and a volunteer, past president of Beechwood 18-Hole Women's Golf League in LaPorte and volunteered at the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. In 1993, Mary achieved the elusive hole-in-one in Michigan City. Believing that one is never too old to learn - at age 60, she was a work study student at Purdue North Central for two years and was a Certified Toastmaster. She was also a member of the Michigan City Yacht Club, several bridge leagues, Independent Women's Bowling League at Thunderbird Lanes in LaPorte, and Beechwood 18 hole women's golf league, LaPorte.

A memorial service, Rev. Kevin Huber officiating, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, at St. Ann of the Dunes Catholic Church, Beverly Shores. Entombment of ashes will follow in Greenwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel and 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Contributions may be made to Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, P.O. Box 527, Michigan City, IN 46361 to benefit the VNA, LaPorte County Symphony, Lubeznik Arts Center and the Michiana Humane Society Endowment Funds. To sign a guestbook and leave condolences online visit the Web site at


Posted 3/7/2007