Carmelite Kelly Guttmann, 95, of Cedar Grove, formerly of Montclair, died in her sleep on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.
Mrs. Guttmann was born in Jersey City and was the daughter of Patrick Milton Kelly and Ann Florence Fallon Kelly.
She graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Newark and Fordham University. Mrs. Guttmann received her nursing certification from Presbyterian Hospital in Newark. She was then commissioned in the U.S. Army where she reached the rank of first lieutenant. She served on an army hospital ship in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
She married John S. Guttmann, M.D. in 1951. Thereafter, she devoted her life to her family. She resided in Montclair for 44 years, was a member of the congregation at St. Cassian RC Church for 58 years, and was also a member of Essex Fells Country Club.
She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, John, in 2010. She is survived by her son John S. Guttmann Jr. of Washington, D.C.; daughter-in-law Holly Cannon; her daughters Patricia Marie Guttmann of Red Bank, Mary Louise Guttmann of New York City, and Kathleen Anne Guttmann Rekucki of Ridgewood; and her son-in-law Bart Rekucki.
She is also survived by her brother Patrick Milton Kelly of Middletown; six grandchildren, Bart Hollas Rekucki, Robert Tucker Rekucki, Jack Walter Rekucki, Kelly Kathleen Rekucki, Elizabeth Mary Lasater-Guttmann and Hope Carmelite Lasater-Guttmann; as well as her nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at St. Cassian Church, 187 Bellevue Ave. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair.
For those wishing to make a donation in Carmelite Kelly Guttmann’s name in lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans at nationalww2museum.org.