Caitlin Kelly

Caitlin Kelly

  • Funeral Date: 1/24/13
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 8/16/93
  • Date of Death: 1/18/13
  • Funeral Location: St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield

Caitlin D. Kelly, 19, of Northfield, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  She was born on August 16, 1993, in Northfield, the daughter of Michelle Homburg and Robert Kelly.  Caitlin graduated from Northfield High School in 2011 and was currently attending UW-Steven’s Point.

Caitlin is survived by her parents, Michelle Homburg of Northfield and Rob Kelly of Silver Bay.  She also leaves behind her maternal grandparents, Otto and Darlene Homburg of Lonsdale, and her paternal grandmother, Rita Kelly of Silver Bay.  Caitlin was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Robert Kelly.  She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members, and many friends who love her dearly and are deeply saddened by this sudden loss.

From a young age, Caitlin had a smile that touched everyone’s heart in a special way.  She enjoyed dance, and loved the outdoors, including skiing, the Boundary Waters, camping, fishing and snowmobiling.

One of Caitlin’s favorite quotes was “We do not remember days; we remember moments.”  Caitlin was living her life to the fullest and so happy with where her life was going.  She did not take life for granted, rather examined the “why” and defended the value of each person as not just the outer core but by what was in their heart.  Caitlin found that the beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.  The next year, the next day, the next hour are ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.  If you choose, you can always turn over a new leaf and start anew.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Rev. Mark Johnson officiating. Music will be provided by Cathy Rodland.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale at a later date.  Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home, 201 East 4th Street, Northfield.  Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.

The pallbearers will be Ryan Kelly, Bruce Kelly, Chris Anderson, Sean Anderson, Kasey Kelly, Brian Ramsey and Jared Franta.

In lieu of flowers, please give to your preferred conservation organization.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Mark rodning

    My wife and I were driving behind Caitlin when accident happened. I was first one to her car to try and help her. We are so sorry and send our sympathies to the family!

    • I am Caitlin’s Mom, and our families extend much gratitude to you and your wife! Wonderful to know there are special people who go out of their way in such a tragic accident! Your kindness will never be forgotten! Gratitude and Hugs from the Homburg and Kelly Families!

  2. Uncle Kenny

    Rob & Michelle,
    I cannot imagine the pain you are going thru. She was a “ROCK STAR’ of a person and everyone that meet her knew it. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your extended families. If their is anything I can do, please ask.
    All My Love, Uncle Kenny

  3. Alicia Holicky

    Michelle & Rob,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers!
    I didn’t know Caitlin, but if she was anything like her mom, she was a wonderful person.

  4. Randy Dostal/Ron Hoyt

    Michelle, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. God will guide you and give you strength. We went through this a few years ago when our nephew Troy, Diane and Ken’s son passed away from a tragic car accident. Over time you will heal, just keep your faith. Randy and Ron

  5. Sue Kissinger

    It is a sad day in the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point. I will miss Caitlin’s smile, dedication and enthusiasm. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Hi, I actually do not know Caitlin, but lived on the north shore so I continue to keep up with news. I was so saddened by your unfathomably tragic loss. Caitlin sounds like such a tender, warm-hearted girl who absolutely sparkled in this life. I have been praying without ceasing for you and your family, and also put you on our prayer chain at my church. Please know that even strangers are lifting you up in prayer and will continue to do so. With deepest sympathy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

  7. Beth Midbrod-Kelly

    I had only met Caitlin one time and she seemed like such a sweet girl. My kids, Kirsten, Ryan & Bruce really loved her and had such a close bond with her. They used to ride the four wheeler s, snowmobiles, go snowboarding and hang out with her whenever they were in Silver Bay together. The kids are at such a loss so I cannot imagine what you are going through! I’ll pray for you both and see you on Thursday. Wish I could do more for you 🙂

  8. Rob and Michelle,
    I also have never met Caitlin, but am a sophomore at UW Stevens Point. I was deeply saddened to hear of a students death especially that we had been living in the same dorm and never met. She seems like a wonderful and genuine person, that had a great perspective of life and how to really live, something that takes many people a lot later in life to figure out. I wish that I would have had the pleasure to have met her. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Whether we were lucky enough to have known her or not, she will be remembered greatly by Knutzen hall, and your family is in every UWSP students thoughts.

  9. Ronald Crunkilton

    I was privileged to have Caitlin as a student in a natural resources class I taught last semester at UWSP. She loved the time our class spent on field trips to the woods and water near campus. As a teacher and a parent of college age kids it’s so painful to see lifetime aspirations tragically lost and of potential unfulfilled. Caitlin’s memories will always be found in all things natural and wild in the north woods she loved.

  10. Mary and John Noah, Fargo, N. Dak.

    I am Great Aunt Mary Kelly and a sister of Robert Kelly, Rob’s father. We are so sad over the death of Caitlin and send our condolences, thoughts, sympathy and prayers to you, Michelle and Rob,and Otto and Darlene Homburg. As well as the above, John and I also are heart broken over the loss of Caitlin and have Rita and all of Rob’s siblings and nephews and nieces in our thoughts and prayers. Caitlin is surely in Heaven.

  11. Cami and Todd

    Michelle and Rob

    Todd and I want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers. Blessed be Caitlin’s memory.

  12. Larry Klimek

    Rob & Michelle,

    I’m still numb from the news… my deepest sympathies and prayers are for you at this difficult time.

  13. Randy and Tami Lee


    Randy and I wanted to send you our condolences on the loss of your daughter Caitlin. While we never had the pleasure of meeting her, so many wonderful things have been written here about her.

    “If our affections be tried, our affections are our consolation and comfort; and memory, however sad, is the best and purest link between this world and a better”

    Our prayers are with you and your entire family.

    Randy and Tami Lee

  14. Lori Coleman

    Rob and Michelle, I am so sad and so sorry for your loss. Rob, I’ll never forget those years of soccer. The ones you and I spent coaching that group of girls were the best years of coaching I ever had. Caitlin was such a great kid, and I know you loved her so much. I’m also sad for all the other young adults who knew Caitlin and are grieving and are unable to resolve how this could happen to someone so young and positive and vibrant. The earth has lost a special person.

  15. Joe Stapleton, Patrick Depp, Sasha Busjahn

    Dear Caitlin’s Family,

    You don’t know us but we were fortunate enough to get to know your wonderful daughter Caitlin at Steven’s Point. She was the fourth member of our Natural Resource group, we called ourselves the A-Team. Caitlin was a ray of sunshine in all three of our days when we had class or hung out with her. She always had a positive attitude and was very fun to be around. We are so sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joe Stapleton, Patrick Depp, and Sasha Busjahn

  16. Patrick Depp, Joe Stapleton, Sasha Busjahn

    Dear Caitlin’s Family,

    You don’t know us, but we were fortunate enough to get to know your wonderful daughter Caitlin at Stevens Point. She was the fourth member of our Natural Resources lab group, we called ourselves the A-Team. Caitlin was a ray of sunshine in all three of our days when we had class, or hung out with her. She always had a positive attitude, and was very fun to be around.

    We are so very sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joe Stapleton, Patrick Depp, and Sasha Busjahn

  17. Kelly and Deb Kavanagh

    We never met Caitlin, but learned about her through our daughter, Mackenzie. Mackenzie and Caitlin became friends at UW-Stevens Point over the past two years. Kenz has good memories of time they spent together. She lost a good friend.

    Caitlin’s exuberance for life shows in her beautiful smile in the picture posted here. We are so sorry for your loss.

  18. Noelle Betterley

    I send my greatest sympathies to everyone of Caitlin’s family members and friends. I can honestly say she was one of the sweetest, most beautiful, caring people I have ever met. I have known her for the majority of my life from playing soccer as kids to attending UWSP together. She could bring a smile to anyone’s face.
    May she rest in peace.
    Much love to you all.

  19. Dear Michelle and family – we are so very sorry for your loss. Every single person that Cheryl works with sends their love, prayers, and deep sympathies. The work site today was simply filled with so much love for you.

    Deb – one of Cheryl’s co-workers.

  20. Brennan "BJ" Boyd

    “CK”, as I call her, was the first, let alone the greatest friend I have had. She was always there to listen then give her (sometimes, blunt) advice. I returned the favor, and was there for her through her tough times as well. We were so close and always together, that people thought we were dating. I love and will forever miss Caitlin. She had a gorgeous soul and a beautiful smile and laugh. This is still unreal to me, and will never be fair to those who truly care about her & her family. We’ve shared some great times together, and I’ll hold onto them forever. We all love and miss you CK…

  21. Tom Mealey

    Rob & Michelle,

    My wife and I wanted to send you our condolences on the loss of your daughter Caitlin.So Sorry.

  22. Larry brewer

    Rob and Michelle
    I’m very sorry to hear about the accident and the loss of Caitlin.
    I try to keep up with north field news. From what I have heard she was a remarkable young lady
    My prayers and thoughts are with you both.
    Larry Brewer

  23. Pat Powers

    So sorry for your loss, you and yours will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Pat and Geri Powers

  24. Carol (Mealey) Krynski

    Rob and Michelle:
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your families – I met Caitlin only once, shortly after Rob moved back to Silver Bay, a sweet young girl, the same age as my youngest – it breaks my heart to hear of your loss.

  25. Virginia Kelly Eggleston (Ginger)

    Rob, Michelle and families,
    The Mike and Dody Kelly children and grandchildren and families are so very sorry to hear about Caitlin and would like you to know you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!!

  26. T.J. Hearson

    Rob, Michelle and Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Caitlin. I work for the forest service and Caitlin and I were roommates during her time as a volunteer this past summer. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know Caitlin, if only for a short while. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    TJ Hearson

  27. Micky Stebbins

    Cherish those moments…..time helps, but memories heal. I spent the last week thinking of all of you with great sadness in my heart. Blessing to all. Love, Micky/Michelle

  28. Lori Coleman

    Wildwoods Rehabilitation
    Hi Lori,
    I’m so very sorry to hear about Caitlin’s tragic death…so sad to hear of a young life full of joy and promise cut short like this.
    Thank you for thinking of Wildwoods! We are a 501c3 nonprofit, and we do wildlife rehabilitation as well as public education on ways to share the world with our wild neighbors and avoid/mitigate human/wildlife conflicts. Our goal is a sustainable, vibrant world all species can share.
    Donations in check form may be sent to us at:
    P.O. Box 3161
    Duluth, MN 55803
    All donations are tax-deductible, and we will send a receipt.
    Donations may also be made online via Razoo through a donation widget on our website:
    Our website was built on a Mac, and best viewing results come when viewed via a mac or through a Firefox browser.
    Our sincere condolences to Caitlin’s friends and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
    Sincerely yours,
    Peggy Farr
    Wildwoods Rehabilitation
    We’re all volunteers, and we donate time and money to care for wildlife in need.

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