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“Joan was one of the nicest nurses I ever worked with. I was a CNA at Winning Wheels when Joan worked there. I will always remember her beautiful...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Carla Anderson - Work

“I was sorry to learn of Joan's passing. I was a Manlius High School class mate of Joan's. I remember her parents who owned the Neidetcher Grocery...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Patti Glafka - Sterling, IL

“Sending my deepest sympathy to the family of Joan. She was a classmate having graduated from Manlius High School Manlius, Il. I remember her parents...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Betti Appenzeller

“Always enjoyed Joan and Jerry at Winning Wheels activities I am sure she will be missed ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Connie De Maranville - Geneseo, IL

“So sorry to hear of her passing. I worked with Joan at Cgh. She was an amazing, caring nurse and a wonderful coworker. She had the best smile....Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Sharon Smithee

“Jo and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a loving, giving, irreplaceable lady. May you find comfort in remembering her love,...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: David Vinyard - Davenport, IA


STERLING - Joan D. Kelly, 83, died Friday September 24, 2021 at Resthave Home in Morrison.

Joan was born on September 1, 1938 in La Salle, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Wennmacher) Neidetcher. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Kewanee as a Registered Nurse. Joan married the love of her life Gerald (Jerry) A. Kelly on February 23, 1963 in Sterling. He died July 17, 2007. She served the community faithfully and lovingly for over 40 years as a Registered Nurse at Winning Wheels Rehab Center in Prophetstown, IL and CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Joan was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening, reading, and especially sewing. She sewed many, many garments for her children's everyday lives, special occasions, and a number of quilts for her grandchildren. She was an avid fan of Notre Dame football and Newman High School football. She could often be found sitting on the track with Jerry and other family members at every home game, cheering on the Comets! She was proud to be Irish and carried the Kelly name well. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. At Kelly family gatherings, Joan was always at the center keeping everyone together.

Joan will be deeply missed and forever held in the highest esteem by her family.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks for the compassionate and loving care she received from the staff at Resthave Home over the final years of her life.

Surviving are her children: Jerri (Dean) Harrison of Dixon, Jon (Debra) Kelly of Dubuque, IA, Jeanine (Robert) Cain of Lyndon, Jo (Vernon) Phillips of Davenport, IA and Josh (Barbara) Kelly of Ormond Beach, FL; her brother, Donald (Becky) Neidetcher of Cumberland Foreside, ME; Grandchildren: Dylan, Taylor, Jakob, Grey, Quinn and Maura Harrison, Colin, Ian, Finnian, Delaney and Aidan Kelly, Emma, Audrey and Margaret Cain, Cleah Phillips, Josh Jr. and Brogan Kelly. Great-grandchildren Jackson Cain, Dominic, Orion, Delilah, and Iris Harrison, Ruby and Reeva Harrison, Oak, Rowan, Olive and Bonsai Harrison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Ken and John Neidetcher, her granddaughters Lauren Kelly, Peyton Kelly and great-grandson Augustine Harrison.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday September 28, 2021 from 11 – 12 "noon" at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 "noon."with the Reverend Richard R. Kramer officiating. Burial will conclude at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.

Memorials may be made in her memory to Newman Central Catholic High School.