Mary Lou  Kelly
Mary Lou Kelly, 82, of New Castle passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, November 10, 2019, with her daughters by her side.
Mrs. Kelly was born October 6, 1937, in Harrisville, PA, a daughter of the late William C. and Olive C. (Gould) Hoffman. She was a 1955 graduate of the former Harrisville High School and later completed accounting and secretarial courses at the New Castle Business School. While in school, she was a member of the All-City Choir, and in years following, she enjoyed competitive roller skate dancing and water skiing.
In 2012, Mary Lou retired from the New Castle Public Library, where she worked as secretary to the director for more than 20 years.
She was previously a homemaker, and actively volunteered at the local chapters of the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association, both in New Castle.
Mary Lou was a former member of Croton United Methodist Church.
A talented cook, she was also well known for her baking, particularly cookies and pies. Mary Lou also loved making crafts, especially sewing Halloween costumes for her granddaughter, Melissa.
She will be remembered by all for her selfless generosity and endless kindness.
Her husband, Charles W. Kelly, whom she married February 8, 1958, preceded her in death August 8, 2014.
Surviving are: Two daughters, Darlene J. Kelly, of New Castle; and Marsha J. (Nick) Karidis, of Cranberry Twp., PA; a sister, Linda J. Wegner, of Harrisville; a brother, David (Nancy) Hoffman, of Apopka, FL; and a granddaughter, Melissa Karidis, of Cranberry Twp., PA.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy J. Glavan and Barbara A. Lowers; and a brother, William C. Hoffman, Jr.
Memorial donations may be directed to Allegheny Health Network - Healthcare @ Home, online at
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday (11-14-19) and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday (11-15-19) in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, in the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Jordan Rimmer, pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Interment: Graceland Cemetery, Neshannock Twp.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Published on November 11, 2019


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Kay Hilliard
Nov 16, 2019
I have been thinking and praying for your family. You have my sincere condolences. I have been sick and not able to get out, but I have been thinking of you.
Nov 14, 2019
Blooming Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Mary Lou Kelly by Paul LOWERS.  Send flowers
Leslie Andrews
Nov 12, 2019
I am so sad to learn that Mary Lou has passed away. I really enjoyed getting to know her during the short time I worked with her at the library. I’ve thought of her so often since that time. My sympathy to you, and your families.
Eileen Fagan
Nov 11, 2019
Darlene and Marsha,
So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Always will remember how nice she was to Janie when her and Marsha were growing up. She will be missed. Eileen Fagan