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.Kelly Marie Banaszynski Kallies.

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. July 28 to July 30, 2013  .
.Green Bay Press-Gazette. 

Matie Belle Crawford, 94, of Town of Little River, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013 at Sharpe Care LTD, Oconto Falls. Matie was born March 2, 1919 in DePere to the late Patrick and Mary (Davis) FitzGerald.

She married Kenneth Crawford Sr. on May 25, 1945. Matie owned and operated Evergreen Farms with her husband Kenneth for over 50 years. Matie served her church as treasurer for over 40 years and was a long time Children's Sabbath School teacher. She was a foster parent for four children over the years. Matie was a member of Christ's Community Church of Seventh Day-Adventist, Lena.

Matie is survived by her husband Kenneth Crawford Sr., Little River; daughter, Vickie Guyette, Oconto; son, Ken (Jewell) Crawford Jr., Brookville, OH; sister-in-law, Florence FitzGerald, Chicago, IL; six grandchildren: Kelly (Jerry) Hill, Dr. Kerry (Lourdes) Crawford, Jessica Marshall, Jacob Marshall, Steven Aubry, Dan Aubry; seven great-grandchildren: Cameron, Celeste, Sienna, Soleil, Summer, Kayleigh and Sophia.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen and Raymond FitzGerald, two sisters, Jane Mucerino, Hazel Herwick and a great-grandson Jonathon Marshall.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Christ's Community Church of Seventh-Day Adventist, 538 Harley St., Lena from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church with Pastor Rick Binford officiating.

The Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Christ's Community Church of Seventh-Day Adventist building fund.

Published in Oconto County Reporter on July 17, 2013
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Kelly Marie Kallies, 35, Oconto Falls, died Friday afternoon, July 26, 2013 and was received into God's loving arms, at the Meng Hospice Residence Center in DePere following a valiant 14 month fight with cancer. She was born April 22, 1978 in Green Bay to Benedict and Anne (Sinclair) Banaszynski Jr. Kelly grew up in the Pulcifer area and attended Gillett public schools, graduating from Gillett High School with the class of 1996.

On July 17, 1999 she married her high school sweetheart at St. John's Lutheran Church in Gillett. Shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Oconto Falls where Kelly worked as a day care teacher at Building Blocks Too for eight years. She was currently working with her husband in the family business, MK Photography of Oconto Falls. Kelly will be lovingly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend who demonstrated great faith, strength and courage during her illness. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls and a Girl Scout leader. Kelly loved camping and spending time with her family.

Survivors are her husband, Mike Kallies, Oconto Falls; their two children, Elizabeth and Mitchell at home; her parents, Jay and Anne Banaszyski, Phelps; one sister, Misty (Brad) Reed, one brother, Kevin (Megan) Banaszynski, all of Oconto Falls; paternal grandfather, Benedict Banaszynski Sr., Cecil; her Godchild and niece, Tesia Banaszynski; other special nieces and nephews.

Kelly was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Sandy Banaszynski, maternal grandparents, Teddy and Milly Sinclair and her paternal great grandmother, Toddy Krueger.

Visitation will be held after 10am Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls until the time of service. Memorial services will be held 1pm Saturday at the church with Pastor Larry Bong officiating. Because of Kelly's desire to help people, her body was received at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.