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Thomas Kelahan

Thomas Anson Kelahan

Monday December 24, 1934 - Thursday October 17, 2019
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Thomas Anson Kelahan, 84, of Allentown, and formerly of Coopersburg, passed away October 17, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (McLean) Kelahan. The couple was married 57 years. Born in Granite City, IL, he was a son of the late Joseph R. and Concordia (Scheveling) Kelahan. Thomas served honorably in the US Navy from 1955-1957. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in Economics. From 1963 – 1986, he was a vice president for the Equitable Life Co. He then became the Vice President of Operations for the former Integrated Resources. He retired as a Compliance Officer for the Internal Revenue Service.

Thomas was a member and Eucharistic Minister for the Assumption B.V.M. Catholic Church in Colesville. He was a past president and treasurer for the Democratic Club in Fanwood, NJ. He was a member of the Dirty Dozen, Class of 1953, Edwardsville, IL, and was voted the “Arthur Fonzarelli” of his class at Reunion during the 1970’s. Up until a few years ago, a daily run was part of his routine.

Surviving with his wife, are children: Joseph Richard Kelahan, and his wife, Deborah, of Hellertown, PA; Paul McLean Kelahan, and his wife, Jeannie, of Matawan, NJ; Clare Cordia (Kelahan) wife of Robert Mutone, of Madison, NJ: Edward Murphy Kelahan, of Old Bridge, NJ; and Benjamin Donald Kelahan, and his wife, Keri, of Brambleton, VA; Daughter-in-laws: Elisa Passucci & Karen Salicrup; a sister, Mary Grace Emde, of Decatur, GA; a brother-in-law Art Staten; grandchildren: Cristina Kelahan, Brianne Kelahan, Matthew Mutone, Gillian Kelahan, Lydia Mutone, Gavin Kelahan, Isabella Mutone, Kaley Kelahan, Caroline Kelahan, Vivian Kelahan, Garret Kelahan, Daniel Kelahan, and Samuel Finnegan Kelahan; and countless nieces & nephews. He was pre-deceased by siblings: J. Richard Kelahan, Robert Kelahan, Jeanne Wathen, Marguerite Staten, Rita V Hill, Dorothy Dziemianowicz, James Kelahan, John Kelahan, Joseph Paul Kelahan, and Josephine Kelahan.

Memorial Services will be private. The Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Hellertown, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Edwardsville Community Foundation (E.C.F.) Dirty Dozen Scholarship Fund, P.O Box 102, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Please make checks payable to the ECF Dirty Dozen Scholarship Fund". Pleae put Thomas Kelahan in the memo. To offer on-line condolences, please visit his “Book of Memories” at falkfuneralhomes.com.
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Maryann Raposo

Posted at 12:16pm
My prayers and thoughts are with The Kelahan Family. May Thomas rest in peace. Maryann Raposo

Bob Kelahan

Posted at 04:09pm
There was a tradition among the Kelahan siblings of recognizing each other's birthdays. After Uncle Tom lost his first brother, my dad, he would continue to exchange birthday greetings with my mom. And after she passed away somehow that continued with me by email, often going something like "Thinking of your dad (or mom) on his/her birthday." I still have most of those emails. On looking those over, a couple of interesting items from them that I had not known before - Dad was Uncle Tom's godfather, and he mentioned receiving a Rosary from my dad on his First Communion. I guess that would be around 1940.

I remember Uncle Tom as a great supporter and researcher of our Irish ancestry, and the Kelahan family's pre-eminent genealogist of his generation, long before ancestry.com or DNA testing became popular.

You will be missed, Uncle Tom.


Kathy Passucci

Posted at 11:11pm
We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Kelahan’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Kelahan and the Kelahan children and grandchildren.
❤️ Bruce Bernstein & Kathy Passucci

Paul Kelahan

Posted at 11:53am
I thought I would share a "Tom" story with you.

In Nov 2005, my son Joe, an avid runner, and his wife at the time split. He moved in with us in Center Valley for close to 9 months, and everyday he would see your Dad run by our house in the mornings. One of those mornings I happened to be there, and Joe said to me, "Who is that guy? I see him run everyday." I said, "Oh, that's Tom Kelahan. He's my friend Kathleen's husband." To which Joe replied, "He's my hero!"
Then sometime in Jan or Feb of 2006, we had some really nasty winter weather - sleet, ice, freezing rain and bitter cold. I went walking with Linda and your mom that morning, and when I walked in the door, Joe said, "I really should go for a run,but this weather stinks so I think I'll pass."
At that very moment your Dad ran by all bundled up, and Joe said,"Oh s—-! There goes Tom. Now I HAVE to run!"
The following May was my mom's 91st birthday, and we all met at a restaurant nearby, including your parents.. Joe and your Dad really hit it off and spent the whole time talking about running. I think they both had a wonderful time together.
When I texted Joe today that your Dad had passed away, he responded with an angel and halo emoji and the words,"I'll bet he took his running shoes with him."


Paul Kelahan Posted at 12:19pm

I think the above story from Karen pretty much sums it up for me. I’ll miss him❤️

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