Lyda Mae Kelch

STORY CITY, Iowa – Celebration of Life services for Lyda Mae Kelch, 82, of Story City, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Bethany Manor Chapel, 212 Lafayette Ave., in Story City.

Lyda left this world peacefully with her family at her bedside at 6:09 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, at Bethany Life Communities in Story City. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today at the Bethany Manor Chapel.

Chet Ryan Mortuary of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Lyda and her family.

Lyda Mae Kelch was born July 19, 1930, in Fairmont, Minn., to Fred and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Loeslin) Gellert. She graduated from Fairmont High School in 1948. She moved to Estherville, Iowa, where she met and married Alfred E.S. (Smitty) Kelch on Aug. 9, 1949.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Rhonda; Smitty Kelch; sisters, Adeline Morton and Lacorda Kueck; brothers, Marvin Gellert and Lorin Gellert.

She is survived by three sisters, Arlene Wangen of Mankato, Minn., Katherine Krause of Fairfield Bay, Ark., and Pauline Broske of Northfield, Minn.; seven children, Michael (Julie) Kelch of Ankeny Iowa, Rachelle Kelch (Joseph Crook) of Bondurant, Iowa, Nicholas (Brenda) Kelch of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Timothy Kelch of Buffalo, Minn., Anthony Kelch of Costa Mesa, Calif., Lisa Altes of Altoona, Iowa and John Kelch; seven grandchildren, Adam (Sandy) Kelch, Brian (Jacqui) Kelch, Christina (Justin) Walsh, Beau Kelch, Kendra Kelch, Maya Kelch and Michael Altes; eight great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Rayna, Kennedy, Cecelia, Michael and Rosemary Kelch and Charleigh and Trenton Walsh.