Paula Kelly (Bongo), age 71, of Medford, died on Saturday October 30th. Paula was born in Queens and raised in Levittown, New York. She was the first of five children of Peter and Mary Bongo (O’Keefe).
Paula worked as a typesetter in various positions and then spent 25 years working for Stony Brook University Hospital as an Administrative Assistant, retiring in 2016.
She did volunteer work at the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center as well as the Carol M. Baldwin Research Center.
She was a big fan of music, first of the Beatles since the 1960’s and Hall and Oates since the 1980’s. She was also a big fan of the films of Richard Gere and Marilyn Monroe.
She enjoyed taking vacations, especially Upstate New York, Montauk, Niagara Falls, as well as Florida, Arizona & California.
Paula is survived by John Francis Kelly Jr. who she was married to for 48 years and two sons, John Francis Kelly III & Daniel Joseph Kelly, her daughter-in-law Amanda Kelly (Chilingirian) and two granddaughters Madison Alexandra Kelly and Alanna Grace Kelly all of Medford, New York and her sister Margaret Klenert (Bongo) of Centereach and her brother Anthony (Tony) Bongo of Israel.
She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at McManus Lorey Funeral Home