Molly Ann Kelly

June 20, 1964 ~ August 20, 2020 (age 56)


Née Schmitz, age 56, passed away peacefully in St. Paul on August 20, 2020 after a 15-month-long fight with lung cancer. Survived by husband, Daniel; daughter, Cathryn; parents, Richard and Mary Schmitz; sister Pamela (Dave) Olson; mother-in-law, Patricia Kelly; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by daughter, Claire Jansen; grandparents Leota and Leonard Olson, and Ray and Sybelle Schmitz; and father-in-law, Jack Kelly. Molly was born in Mankato, Minn. to Richard and Mary on June 20, 1964. Her sister Pamela arrived two years later. As a family they moved around to various towns in the midwest. They settled in Olivia, Minn in 1973. Molly attended St. Aloysius Catholic Grade School where she met her future husband, Daniel in the third grade. Molly was a member of the graduating class of 1982 at Olivia Public High School. She went on to study early childhood education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and graduated in 1986. She loved being around kids, and the entirety of her career was centered around children. She was the director of Noah’s Ark Preschool in Minneapolis for four years and then worked for the State of Minnesota child care licensing department for nearly 30 years. She married Daniel in 1986 and they made a home together in St. Paul. They welcomed their first daughter, Claire in 1992 and their second daughter, Cathryn in 1996. She was a deeply devoted, caring, and loving mother. Molly and Daniel were married for 34 years. They shared a beautiful life together that was full of authentic and profound love. They were a powerful team and took on every bit of life together bravely and fully. Molly’s favorite hobbies were shopping, gardening, knitting, and working on puzzles. She always liked to have fun. Molly had many caring and loving friends whom she was deeply dedicated to. She saw the good in everyone. She was the best cheerleader. Molly was a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019. She was a fighter and had incredible strength. Molly was loved greatly and will be remembered for her warm smile, her determining strength, and her generous heart. Rest in Peace, Molly. We love you. Visitation 4-6 PM Tuesday, August 25 at O’Halloran & Murphy, 575 Snelling Ave S, St. Paul 55116. Funeral service at 10 AM Wednesday, August 26 at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave, St. Paul 55105. Face mask required for both services. Attendance for the funeral service at St. Thomas More is limited due to COVID-19. To insure proper social distancing, there will be two locations to participate and view the service. One location is in the church. The other will be the school auditorium next to the church where the service will be live-streamed. We ask that you please sign up to attend either service location here and indicate which location you would like to be in. Close family and friends inside the church only, please. Please wear a face mask and maintain safe social distancing. If you are unable to attend the funeral, you can live stream the service here. This link will also provide a PDF download for the service pamphlet. In lieu of flowers, please donate to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation to honor Molly’s fight with lung cancer, or donate to an organization of your choosing.


August 25, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home
575 South Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116

Funeral Service
August 26, 2020

10:00 AM
Saint Thomas More Catholic Church (St. Thomas More)

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