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Charles Gaze “Kelly” Keskemety

April 20, 1934 - September 24, 2020

Charles Gaze “Kelly” Keskemety, age 86, of Bear, DE, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Born in Wilmington, DE on April 20, 1934, he was the son of the late Gaze and Julia (Parag) Keskemety. Kelly proudly served his country during the Korean War, while serving with the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, he married the love of his life, Beverly Ann Ruth Pusey. Together they raised two beautiful children.

Kelly worked for Local 42 as an Insultation Mechanic, where he dedicated 36 years before retiring. He was a 32nd degree Master Mason with St. John’s Lodge #2 and a member of Tall Cedars, Brandywine Forrest #20. Kelly enjoyed boating, fishing, and crabbing and enjoyed all types of car racing, which he did in his younger years. He and his wife were strong in their faith and were active members of Bible Fellowship Church of Newark. Together they enjoyed traveling and enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Possum Point. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather and dear friend to many.

In addition to his parents, Kelly was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Ann Ruth (Pusey) Keskemety. He is survived by his children, Linda Knarr (James) and Brian Keskemety (Pam); grandchildren, Shannon Mele (Dave), Diane Knarr (Adam), Jessica Johnson (Brett), Jason Keskemety (Kaitlin) and Jenna Salla (Vince); and great grandchildren, Lacey, Charlie and three on the way.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 pm until 4 pm on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A second visitation will be held from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm on Monday, October 5, 2020, at the funeral home, where a funeral service will begin at 1:30 pm. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made in Kelly’s memory to Bible Fellowship Church of Newark, 808 S. Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE 19702.

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17 Condolences for Charles Gaze “Kelly” Keskemety

  • So sorry for your loss, prayers to your family. We will be out of town for the month of October.
    Jay & Cheryl Meyer

  • Linda and Brian, so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure knowing your father.

  • So sorry to hear of Kelly’s passing. I have known him and Bev since age 16. Many happy and fun times with them in past. Great hosts always made you feel at home. Prayers to the family.
    Helen Sill (Shoemaker) Jackson

  • Rest in peace Charley I know I’m a better person and I know many others are also because you were in there lives may God Bless your family and give them comfort knowing what a good man you were till we meet again

  • God Bless your family at this Trying Time. Charlie always saw the bright side of everything no matter what the job was he stayed positive. Enjoyed his attitude towards life. Will miss him !!

  • I am so sorry for this great loss. Lifting your family up with love and prayers. Big big hugs straight to your hearts.

  • Linda:
    So very sorry to learn of Kelly’s passing. Your parents were always so kind and funny when we visited in our youth. Our prayers are with you and Brian.

  • Hi, DONNA ESTEP here, I grew up in Fairwinds, Bear, on Seymour road, right across the street from The Kelly’s. My father, Don ESTEP Sr (RIP) was good friends with Mr. Kelly and all of us kids back in the day loved to play baseball in the lot between our houses on hot summer days, play flash light tag, run in the sprinkler, played in the snow, built snow tunnels etc, pretend to “ice skate” in our snow boots, and so many more fun games all us kids played and our parents all looked out for each other’s kids back in those days. Always present for all of us kids. Alot of good memories. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly were both kind people to everyone and they were great neighbors, we all enjoyed the times we lived there back in the day. wonderful neighbors and friends to all. I’m So sorry to hear of Mr Kelly’s passing, he will be missed for sure. Much love and hugs to BRIAN and Linda as you go through this difficult time. I pray God comforts you as you lean on each other now. I hope my Dad was there to shake your Dad’s hand and give him a big hug when He got there! Or at least handed him a golf club and a bucket of golf balls! What a Wonderful family, very fond memories. Mr. Kelly will surely be missed.🙏 praying God keep you comforted during this time. With sincere hugs, affectionately DONNA ESTEP 💙

  • Dear Jessica and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful grandfather. I know he is missed just by the way that he was loved by all of you.
    May God bring you peace and great memories through this very difficult time.
    Love Cheryl and Bill Perrine.

  • To all Kelly’s family, I am so sorry for your lost. He was a wonderful man! My husband and I and your Mother had many wonderful times together! Love to you all.

  • I am sending my prayers & best wishes for all of those whom Kelly is leaving behind. It was always a pleasure to meet with Kelly 9 golf, lodge functions & TCL meetings) because he had such an infectious, GREAT smile; and I never heard him say anything negative or derogatory about anyone.. This obituary photograph is what characterizes him best.

  • Linda and Jim,
    We were so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We are praying for peace for you and your family. I know that your happy memories will strengthen you and give you comfort. Sending our love and condolences…. Jack and Carol

  • Hi Brian, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking about you and asking God for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  • Sorry for your loss. I worked with him for years and he always lighten up the work place.

  • My condolences to the Keskemety family for their loss. My memories of “Kelly” flash back to that ever-present smile and the quick wit that accompanied it! A well respected member of Local 42 Insulators and a friend who will be sadly missed by all of us fortunate to have known him. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Linda and Brian, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I have so many good memories of both your parents at Possum Point. You are in my prayers. Love to all of you. Patty Beddia

  • Linda & Brian
    I am so sorry to here of Kelly’s passing. He was a great friend and co worker and I enjoyed working with him through the years.
    Ed