Florence Marie Dillon (nee Kelley)


Florence Marie Dillon (nee Kelley), 89, died peacefully Nov. 21, 2010, after a short illness at the Saint Camillus Assisted Care Center in Wauwatosa.

Florence was born on March 22, 1921, to Francis Edward and Edith Conner Kelley of Cleveland, Ohio.

Florence was an avid Marquette University basketball fan and was a season ticket holder for more than 20 years, much to the chagrin of some of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are devoted University of Wisconsin fans. Whether residing in Wisconsin, Michigan or Iowa, she spent time volunteering at local hospitals, playing bridge and bowling in newcomers’ leagues. gaining many new friends. No one was more proud of her Irish heritage than Florence. Very seldom was there a family discussion where her “Irish” was not on full display.

Being a mom was most important to Florence. Her way of connecting with each family member individually has left a feeling that everyone had a special bond with her. There will never be another one like her.
She will certainly be missed but never forgotten by all who came in contact with her throughout her wonderful life.

Florence is survived by seven children, Nan (Thomas) Delaney, James F. (Judy) Dillon, Patrick E. Dillon, Thomas R. (Billie), Dillon, Joan (Patrick) Rohrer, Michael K. (Jan) Dillon and Timothy J. Dillon; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband and love of her life throughout 63 years of marriage, Robert J. Dillon; brother, Edward F. Kelley; grandson, Andrew Delaney; and great-granddaughter, Camille Delaney.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 26. Friends will be received at the church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or St. John Vianney Parish Brookfield.

Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave., Brookfield, is serving the family. www.beckerritter.com.