Obituary: Laura L. Kelly


November 10, 1959 – May 17, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Laura L. KellyLaura L. Kelly, nee Meyer, age 61, of Dyer, IN, formerly of Thornton, IL, passed away peacefully Monday, May 17, 2021. Beloved wife of Robert Kelly. Loving mother of Brett and Brendan Kelly. Dear sister of Ruth Reed, Jeanne (Norris) Cain, and Penny (Kevin) Leoni. “Wonder Woman” (Wowo) to several nieces and nephews. Devoted companion and caregiver to their family dog Lincoln. Preceded in death by her parents William and Marjorie Meyer.

Laura was a lighthearted and joyful woman who never missed an opportunity to laugh. She will be remembered as “Coach Kelly” by many for her years of coaching soccer for both of her sons and their teammates in the Dyer Kickers Soccer Club. She was a diehard fan of both the TV show Survivor and her favorite musician(s) Bon Jovi. Laura loved to catch all of the popular musicals at downtown shows, as well as beam with pride to see her sons perform at all of their jazz concerts. Laura was an “avid crafter” and she also enjoyed reading, board games, card games, traveling with family, and White Sox games (she especially loved the Churros). She most enjoyed her calling as a beloved aunt, great-aunt, sister, best friend, and proud mother, for which she will be deeply missed.

Visitation Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. (The family requests that everyone please wear a mask.) Funeral service Friday, May 21, 2021, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Crown Point, 352 S. Main Street, Crown Point, IN with Rev. Mark Wilkins officiating. Interment Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens – Schererville, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to National Breast Cancer Foundation or Heifer International. For further information, please contact 219-322-7300 or visit our online obituary and guest book at