In Memory of



Obituary for Wanda Kelly

Wanda G. Kelly of Simsbury, widow of James W. Kelly died October 12, 2021 in Portland, CT. at Portland Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born October 2, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Veronica (Simoncelli) Giovanelli. She was born in Simsbury, CT. and lived in Simsbury for 89 years. For the past ten years she was a resident at One MacDonough Place in Middletown, CT as well as The Atria of Greenridge Place in Rocky Hill.

She attended Simsbury High School and worked in her family restaurant until her husband returned from WWII. She worked for the Weatogue Post Office for 25 years, working her way up to Clerk in Charge.

Wanda loved to ballroom dance and participated in numerous competitions at Steps in Time. She was active with the Prince Thomas of Savoy Ladies Auxiliary and played bocce there with great enthusiasm. She was also involved with the VFW Auxiliary, Eno Seniors, Farmington Valley AARP and served as a docent for the Simsbury Historical Society. She was very fond of her pet cat Molly. She wrote two articles for the book “Memories of Weatogue and Beyond”. Other interests were real estate, interior design, reading, clothing, jewelry, watching tennis and taking drives along the Farmington River.

Wanda is survived by her two daughters Sharon Murphy and her partner David Cushman of Fernandina Beach FL. and Carol Hill and her husband James Hill of Portland, CT. Wanda is survived by four grandchildren: Michael Murphy of High Point, NC., Casey Murphy of Yulee, FL., Joshua Hill (Nicole) of Danielson, CT., Crystal Page (Richard) of Supply, FL. and three great grandchildren: Jack Murphy of Yulee, FL., Emma Murphy of Cornelius, NC., and Liam Mutters of Danielson, CT. Wanda is also survived by her sister Laura Michon of Chesapeake, VA., cousins Marie Arnone and Patricia Pandolfi of New Britain, CT., and many nieces and nephews, especially Sandra Hart, James Gardner, and Caroline Hart of Avon CT. She was predeceased by her sister Lillian Grazik and her brother Harold Giovanelli.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to the Portland Care and Rehabilitation Center for the extraordinary compassionate care and support provided in her last week of life.

Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury on Saturday, October 30th from 10 - 11 a.m. Funeral will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the family plot in Simsbury Center Cemetery following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Simsbury Historical Society, 800 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070. To leave online condolences, please visit Book of Memories at