Joan M. Kelly, 97, of Shrewsbury


Shrewsbury – Joan M. (Rutelonis) Kelly, 97, of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully on the morning of Monday, December 4, 2023 at Shrewsbury Nursing Home, with her loving family by her side. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of almost 51 years, Patrick J. Kelly, Jr., in June of 2000.

Joan leaves her devoted daughters, Patricia J. Kubilis and her husband Donald, of Worcester, and Nancy S. Kelly, of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren, Michael R. Entwistle, of Shrewsbury, Philip P. Entwistle and his wife Sarah, of Shrewsbury, and Patrick P. Entwistle and his wife Kate, of Spencer; her niece, Judy Rutelonis; and nephews, John and James Rutelonis. She was predeceased by her brother, Albert Rutelonis.

Joan was born, raised, and educated in Worcester, daughter of the late John and Stasia (Lekeckas) Rutelonis. She attended Commerce High School, and graduate from David Hale Fanning Trade School in 1944. Later, she attended several medical coding and transcribing courses. Joan worked for Fallon Clinic as a Medical Secretary for 28 years, before retiring in 2002.

In her free time, she loved cooking, especially traditional Lithuanian dishes, as well as flower gardening. Joan also loved visiting Cape Cod and spending time on the beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Kelly family from 2 – 4 PM on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury. A prayer service will be held at 10 AM Monday, December 11th in the funeral home, with burial to be held privately.

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