Carmelite Kelly Guttmann, 95, a resident of Cedar Grove and formerly of Upper Montclair, died in her sleep on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the funeral at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Saint Cassian Church, 187 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Upper Montclair. Visitation is Wednesday, December 19 at Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home at 76 Park Street in Montclair from 4 to 8 p.m.
Mrs. Guttmann was born in Jersey City. She 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 in World War II.
She married John S. Guttmann, M.D. in 1951. Thereafter, she devoted her life to her family. She resided in Upper Montclair for 44 years, was a member of the congregation at Saint Cassian for 58 years and a member of Essex Fells Country Club.
Mrs. Guttmann’s husband of 59 years, John, predeceased her in 2010. She is survived by her son John S. Guttmann, Jr. of Washington, D.C. and daughter-in-law Holly Cannon, and 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 and 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 all of whom cherish her memory and wisdom.
For those wishing to make a donation in Carmelite Kelly Guttmann’s name in lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in her honor to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, www.nationalww2museum.org. It is a cause that was meaningful to Mrs. Guttmann.