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.