Saturday, December 31, 2011

I was very sadden to learn Dr.Greg had passed away. I last saw Dr. Greg 6-9 months ago in his office. He seemed tired and spoke very little, which was not like him. I noted this to myself and felt something was wrong. 

We started seeing Dr. Greg went Susan Taylor referred him to me when Marty was a teenager. I think we went to him for over 25 years. We started with his father and then Dr. Greg. 

He really liked Marty and Andrew and would ask how they were EVERY TIME I when to see him. He was a wonderful family man and the hardest working person I knew besides my Dad! 


Dr. Gregory Aloysius Kelling, 58, Kansas City, Mo., passed away on October 1, 2011, in KU Medical Center surrounded by friends, family and all the angels and saints. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 53rd and Leavenworth, Kansas City, KS 66104. A visitation for friends and family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the church.

 Greg was born on Sept. 22, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo., to Dorothy (Ross) Kelling and Dr. George W. Kelling. Greg attended Rockhurst and graduated from St. Mary's high school. He went on to get a history degree at Park University, where he also played basketball, received his Juris Doctorate from UMKC, attended the University of Kansas for post-graduate studies in journalism, urban planning and public administration and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College. 

Greg married his wife, Kathleen Orel on Aug. 22, 1981, in Christ the King Catholic Church and was blessed with six children. The couple lived in Kansas City, Mo., for 10 years, until they moved to Kansas City, Kan., where they continued to raise their children. After merely piquing his insatiable thirst for knowledge graduating from Cleveland Chiropractic, following in his father's footsteps, Greg took over his father's chiropractic practice in Independence, Mo., after his death. This was simply one front where Greg changed lives. He loved his job and patients dearly and besides using his healing hands to adjust them, he also performed ART, acupuncture, sports medicine, and used an all around holistic medicinal approach to cure patient's ailments.

 Much of Greg's clientele came from the athletic spectrum; he was a personal trainer and coach to numerous athletes. One of Greg's greatest passions was coaching his children in baseball, basketball, and football. The number of lives that Greg touched in this arena is immeasurable. His infinitely optimistic attitude turned many, as he would say, "fafalonies" into real athletes.

 Aside from coaching, Greg also enjoyed athletic activities himself, especially running and basketball. Some of his favorite Sunday afternoons were spent going on long walks with his children and wife in Shawnee Mission Park and Wyandotte County Lake.

 God may have rested on the seventh day, but Greg Kelling never did. He was known for working long hours and seeing patients on Saturdays and Sundays. One of Greg's highest priorities was providing for his family and as testimony from his patients, he never was shy in showing his pride in them. Those blessed enough to live out Greg's memory are wife, Kathy, sons, Zachary, Michael, Matthew and Joseph, daughters, Gina and Ali. Also his mother, Dorothy Kelling, sister, Cheryl Nowlin and husband Dan, brothers, Dr. Douglas M. Kelling and wife Sherry, Dr. Brian R. Kelling, and Eric A. Kelling, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, patients and athletes. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Kelling Children's Education Fund c/o Security Bank of Kansas City. Memories, stories or thoughts for family can be left Arrangements: Skradski Funeral Home, 340 North Sixth, Kansas City, KS 66101 (913) 371- 

Andrew's Grade School Company

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Murphy Family Attic Pictures left at 807 N. Main

Mom and Dad lived in the Main Street house built (1941) and owned by The Murphy Family for 43 years. We moved in when I was starting 3rd grade. They rented the house in 1960 for $60.00 a month and purchased it owner/finance in 1965 for $70.00 a month for 10 years. Sometime in the 90's Dad opened up the attic bedroom (which we called Galen's room) and found personal possessions of the Murphy's. Most destroyed by the extreme weather season changes and moths. The pictures, letter's, birth greeting cards and a  baby book, of Molly's their 1st child survived and Mom carefully put them in a Zip Lock bag and gave them to me. Since then I have searched for Molly Murphy, their daughter who was also all of us Brittingham kid's Jr. High Art Teacher in the  50's and 60's. 

After finding the pictures again while cleaning out my storage locker I went on a mission to search for 
Molly A. Murphy. Do you know how many Molly A. Murphy's there are? So I had used
 to find another important person in my life and what to my surprise I found Molly A. Murphy with a relative named Patty Murphy-BINGO! After $1.95 later I was having a conversation with Molly on the phone! She lives in Stonebridge MA. and is still teaching school, she is 70 years old. She was so happy and surprised that Mom and Me had kept her family pictures (mostly baby and toddler pictures of Molly) I told Molly I was going to mail the pictures to her and she was very thankful and happy. I hope to visit her when I go to MA to visit Marty, Amy, Flora and Charley the next time. I have boxed up the pictures etc and will send them to Molly tomorrow. I think another reason this makes me feel so good is that I was the 4th child in our family and there were no pictures of me as a baby or toddler until I was 3 and then there is maybe 2 snap shots that are not in focus. The first pictures of me as a child were on Cherry St. when I was 4 or 5 years old. Sad but true! So I wanted Molly to have her baby pictures.  
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Marilyn and Me Cherry St. 1959

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Oh those were the days, My Friend!

Me, Hawaii 1981
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Christy Age 5-Kindergarten Steven Age 9-4th Grade

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Dad, Me and Andrew (the Ring Bearer) at Galen & Kathy's Wedding-I think 1987 or 1988

Galen, help me here-your wedding date?
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

The 1st time I have seen Grandma Brittingham's 1st husband's Name Val and Bertha Burk Hewitt

Again, while sorting through Mom's things she kept, cards, letters etc. I found Aunt Evelyn's funeral announcement and learned Grandma Brittingham's maiden name was BURK and 1st marriage to a Val Hewitt-more to track down now!
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Dad's Mother, Bertha Mae Burke-Brittingham 1984

Grandma Brittingham passed away in 1987, I think. I just remember Andrew was around 3 years old. She was in her 90's. 
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Dad's Mother, Bertha Mae Burke-Brittingham

HMmmm-Rolland Studios-they were the same one's that took Marty's and Andrew's Senior pictures in KC? Grandma Brittingham had quite the controversy over her middle name-Mom said it was Matilda, but on Dad's Navy enlistment papers she signed Bertha Mae Brittingham?? Opla said it was Louise??
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Mom's Dad & Mother Wedding Picture

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Mom's Dad and Mother Wedding Picture

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Robert Evans, Mom's Dad

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Mom's Dad, Robert Evans Wedding Picture

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Grandma and Grandpa Evans Wedding anniversay picture Butler, Mo

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Opal Mae Brittingham 1950's Nevada Mo

Dad's little sister Opal Mae
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This is Ford Country 1979

Another one of Mom's treasures!
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Eight Elementary Grades, Mom's Dipolma, April 8th 1935

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Mom's 8th Grade Diploma

While cleaning out my storage locker I found Mom's 8th Grade Diploma. She was so PROUD of this! She only finished the 8th grade, but Mom was very, very intelligent! She was the oldest girl of 12 children and was needed on the farm to care for her brother's and sister's and also help with the farm work.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Dad and Me Mian Street Back Yard 1999

This is the only picture ever of just me and Dad. Taken at the 807 N. Main house Nevada Mo 1999
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Thursday, December 8, 2011