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In Memory of Robin Kelley


4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Hudson, WI, and one hour prior to the mass on Friday

Funeral Services

3:00 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, WI

Robin Kelley, age 54, died as a result of a car accident October 27, 2018, alongside her husband Donald Kelley. Robin was born on March 12, 1964 to Sidney and Janet (Schreurs) Nowinsky in Wausau, WI. She grew up in Antigo, WI, later attending University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Robin was an accomplished businesswoman and had a successful career in Change Management. She was currently employed at Inoapps. She had a passion for communications, team building, and mentoring others. Her organizational and leadership skills brought her respect from her peers and management.

She met & married Randy Penkwitz, and together were blessed with two daughters, Riley and Reena. Robin and Randy’s union would later dissolve, but Robin would find new love in Donald Kelley, and warmly welcomed Don’s three children into her life. Together, Robin & Don lived their short time together to the fullest, spending their favorite moments together at their cabin on the lake. Robin enjoyed seeing and experiencing all that life had to offer. She traveled across the globe and fulfilled a lifelong desire to live abroad, spending 6 months in Syndey, Australia in 2015. Robin was the life of the party, everyone’s best friend, beautiful beyond imagine

Robin will forever remain in the hearts of her two daughters, Riley Penkwitz of St. Paul, MN & Reena Penkwitz of Tacoma, WA; as well as the hearts of her three step-children, Blake, Monica, & Rachel Kelley of Woodbury, MN; her parents Sidney & Janet Nowinsky of Antigo, WI; her siblings Joel (Jeanne) Nowinsky of Antigo, WI, Sam (Kelli) Nowinsky of Hilliard, OH, & Jason (Christy) Nowinsky of Wausau, WI; as well as many extended family members & friends. She is preceded in death by her grandparents; so joyously received by beloved grandmothers Hildegarde (Richter) Nowinsky and Emma (Stadler) Schreurs

A Visitation for Don & Robin will be held Thursday, Nov. 1 from 4:00-7:00 PM at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Hudson. A Funeral Mass for Don & Robin will take place on Friday, Nov. 2 at 3:00 PM, preceded by a one-hour visitation at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Hudson. Interment Willow River Cemetery, Hudson.

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    • My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Robin and Don. Robin was a terrific presence at our office and I always appreciated her positive energy, great attitude, and bright smile. Sending my thoughts and prayers.

    • I was so sorry to hear of Robin’s passing. Robin and I were school mates since kindergarten-we actually rode the bus home from our first day of kindergarten when we only lived two blocks away! Thank goodness the bus driver knew who we belonged too! She will be missed! Prayers to her parents-Sid and Janet-and her family.

    • It is so difficult to loose a loved one. So sorry to hear of Robin and her husband’s passing. I remember her from her childhood when she would visit her Grandma and cousins in Hatley.
      She will always live in your hearts.. May your happy memories help ease you sorrows. Hugs to all!

    • I was so sad to hear of Robins passing. All the years of wonderful memories growing up with Robin. Late night pizza at Sid and Jan’s with Robin and Joe, dressing up for a Halloween party with Joe and Robin and my brother Kevin, working together at the Melody Mill (sneaking a drink together, under age of course) and Cross Point Paper. Robin was ready for any adventure, and her laughter would always bring a smile to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • We are heartbroken for your families. What a tragic loss. Our thoughts and many prayers are with all of you. Hugs, the family of Maude & Leonard Kautza

    • My sincere Sympathy and prayers to all of the families. My heart is breaking at the news of the loss of Robin and her husband, Don. I was a friend of Robin’s from her childhood days; I would play with her and her brothers. My name then was Cheryl Rahn, (Cherie) as I was known back then, her mother Janet was my Confirmation Sponsor. I lost touch with Robin after I married Bill Loper and moved away from Antigo, out to New Mexico, but I did keep up with her mother. Robin is an angel now, sent to watch over all of us. I will forever miss her. Rest In Peace Robin.

    • We are grief stricken over the tragic loss of Don & Robin. We can’t imagine going to the lakehouse without hearing their laughter and seeing them dancing under the moonlight to their favorite songs. We send our love, support and prayers to the entire Kelley/Nowinski family.