Marion Kelm

Marion Kelm

Tuesday, April 30th, 1929 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Marion Kelm, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph.

Private Family Services will be held due to the current health situation, with Rev. Glenn Rosenbaum officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Memorial donations in Marion’s name may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, St. Joseph or The Daughter’s of the American Revolution-Algonquin Chapter. Those wishing to sign Marion’s Memory Book online may do so at

Marion was born April 30, 1929 in Owensboro, Kentucky to Alvin & Rachel (Jackson) Hookey. The family moved to Benton Harbor and Marion graduated from Benton Harbor High School, Class of 1947. On September 5, 1948, she married LeRoy Kelm in Benton Harbor. He was the love of her life, and she was his, celebrating nearly seventy-two years together. Having met at Central Docks Skating Rink, they enjoyed many years of roller skating and square dancing. Marion worked in her early years at Saranac Machine Company, and then devoted her life to her husband and children. She served as a den mother when the boys were in Cub Scouts. Marion enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, baking, doing crossword & jig-saw puzzles, and spending time with her family and many friends. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, the Algonquin Chapter of the DAR, and volunteered for many years as an election worker for St. Joseph Charter Township.

Marion is survived by her husband LeRoy; her children-Kevin (MaryAnn) Kelm of Stevensville, Tim (Ginger) Kelm of Stevensville, Kristine (Kevin Conklin) Streit of Benton Harbor; six grandchildren-Elizabeth Kelm, Paul (Heather) Kelm, Jason (Cari) Kelm, Amy Kelm, Jamie (Perry) Toth, Michael (Megan Young) Streit; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces & nephews; and best friend Jeanne DeSenzio of St. Joseph. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Henry Hookey.

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    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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    Private Burial will take place at North Shore Memory Gardens
Private Services will be held due to the current health issues. Memorial donations in Marion's name may be made to Grace Lutheran Church of The Daughter's of the American Revolution-Algonquin Chapter.


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Tami Walton

Posted at 04:08am
Kevin & MaryAnn, thinking of you and hoping you find comfort in these trying times through your memories of your mom. Our moms are precious, and they are always with us.

Patricia Hill

Posted at 11:55pm
I visited with Marion and Leroy at the Whitcomb on March 5th, and had no idea it would be my last time to see Marion. They both seemed well and we talked about the Benton Harbor High School Basketball team and how well they were doing. I met Marion through Algonquin DAR and we often rode to meetings together. She was a 46-year member and served as treasurer for 27 years. She was also a past regent and State Recording Secretary. We will all miss Marion and her beautiful smile. Patricia Hill

Sandy Swartz

Posted at 03:42pm
Kevin and family,
My heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your mother. May happy memories help comfort you at this time.

Ann Correll

Posted at 06:17pm
Kris and family,
I am sorry that we and others were not able to attend your Mom's service. Please know hugs and love are being sent from us to you at this difficult time. No matter how prepared we are, it is not easy to send a loved one to Heaven. May God give you Peace, and may you know that she is whole again! (Love you Kisco! Onnie) Ann and John Correll

Darcy Eisenhart Stuck

Posted at 12:13am
On behalf of SJHS Class of 1973, I would like to offer our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. Please know that your classmate's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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