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Joan Kelly

Memorial services for Joan “Joannie L” Lucille Stadel Kelly of Auburn will be conducted at noon today at the Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Graveside services will follow at the Auburn Cemetery, 1040 Collins Drive. A reception will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Auburn Moose Lodge, 2050 Sacramento St. For more information, call 268-0171

Mrs. Kelly died Tuesday, Nov. 5. She was 71.



She was born Nov. 3, 1931, in St. Paul, Minn. She was active in the Auburn School District Parent-Teacher Association, Little League and the Auburn Trail Bike Sportsmen’s Association.

She is the former co-owner of the Auburn Harley-Davidson dealership. She and her first husband, Jack, were instrumental in bringing dirt track motorcycle racing to the Auburn community.




She enjoyed riding her Harley, water skiing and the outdoors, playing card games, and traveling to exotic places.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Kelly; daughter, Cheryl Stadel Buchanan of Juneau, Alaska; sons and daughters-in-law Jeffrey and Julie Stadel of Roseville and Bret and Nancy Stadel of Grass Valley; grandchildren Joni, Jackson, Jessica, Danielle, Holley, Christopher and Allaura; sisters Glenda King and Wanda Nelson; brothers Earl Persson and Rodney Pearson of Minnesota; aunt, Verna Neiland; cousin, Sharon Brower; and 28 nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Lucille Pearson; sister, Kay Murphy; and first husband, John “Jack” Richard Stadel.


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