Karlynn Ann “Connie” Kelly – WyoToday.com

20 August 1937 – 23 February 2023

Karlynn Ann “Connie” Kelly, 85, of Lander, Wyoming, died Thursday, February 23, 2023, at The Glenn Cottages, Buffalo, Minnesota.

She was born August 20, 1937 in Elk Creek, Nebraska to Laurence Augusta and Zeta Vera (Sommerhalder) Bausch.

Karlynn was baptized in 1937 at Salem Church of Christ in Steinauer, Nebraska by Reverend Ernest Tischhaser. She was also confirmed in the Christian faith in 1951 by Reverend Deditius at Salem Church of Christ.

On December 29, 1958, Karlynn Ann “Connie” Bausch and Bernard L. Kelly were united in holy matrimony at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Falls City, Nebraska. Monsignor Obrist performed the ceremony. God blessed their marriage with two sons.

Bernie served honorably in the United States Air Force and the couple was stationed at various bases. While he was stationed in Guam, Connie was in charge of the base’s gift shop. From 1984 to 1999, the couple owned and operated Big Sandy Lodge near the Teton Mountains in Wyoming.

Connie was a fantastic cook! She enjoyed shopping, traveling, gardening, playing bridge and canasta, and eating popcorn on Sundays. She also loved spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband of sixty-four years: Bernard “Bernie” Kelly; sons: Bernard “Larry” (Rita) Kelly Jr. of Buffalo, Minn. and Michael (Mona) Kelly of Fairfield, Ohio; two granddaughters: Amanda (Brice) Denevan of Williston, North Dakota and Chevon Kelly of Blue Ash, Ohio; four great-grandchildren: Jennifer “Annie” Neil and Jacob Denevan both of Williston, North Dakota, Alex and Ava Cummings both of Blue Ash, Ohio; siblings: Larry (Annette) Bausch of Beemer, Nebraska, Elizabeth Giffee of Nebraska City, Nebraska and Deborah Bausch of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jerome Bausch.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota. Another visitation will be held at the church on Friday morning, March 3, at the church one hour before Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Karlynn Ann “Connie” Kelly will be held on Friday, March 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Francis Xavier in Buffalo, Minnesota. Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the celebrant.

Interment on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Hope, 805 Mt. Hope Drive in Lander, Wyoming.

Casket Bearers will be Connie’s nieces and nephews: Michon Coates, Lori Bausch, Carrie Whitson, Eric Bausch, Tom Giffee, Kelly O’Connell and Katie Martinez.

Peterson’s Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota serves the family. Online condolences may be made at www.thepetersonchapel.com

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