The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 30, 2013

Rev. Elmer W. Kellen

Rev. Elmer W. Kellen

    Rev. Elmer W. Kellen died on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, at St. Elizabeth Care Center in Wabasha, MN.  Evening vigil will be on Tuesday, December 3, at 5:00 p.m. in St. Adrian Church.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. Adrian Church, Adrian, MN.  

    Father Kellen was born to Nicholas and Anna (Suedbeck) Kellen of rural Adrian, MN on June 25, 1924.  He attended St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN and on June 3, 1950, Bishop Edward A. Fitzgerald ordained him a priest at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake MN.

    His brother, Clarence Kellen of Adrian, MN, survives Father Kellen.  His parents, and his siblings Clafie,  Leander, Marie (Kellen) Lovrien, and Inez (Kellen) Vint preceded him in death.

    Father Kellen served the Church as a priest from 1950 to 2011, sixty-one years.

1950 - Assistant pastor, Sacred Heart in Waseca; 1953 - Assistant pastor, St. Augustine in Austin; 1955 - Parochial Administrator pro-tem, Holy Family, Lake Crystal, St. Matthew, Vernon Center; 1955 - Parochial Administrator, St. Patrick in Lanesboro; 1956 - Parochial Vicar, pro-tem, Queen of Angels in Austin; 1956 - Pastor, St. Patrick LeRoy and appointed first resident pastor July 1957; 1960 - Chaplain, St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester; 1961 - Pastor, St. Joseph in Waldorf; 1966 - Pastor, St. Kilian in St. Kilian, and instructor at Good Counsel High School, Wilmont; 1968 - Pastor, St. Joseph in Jasper; 1970 - Pastor, St. Mary in Madelia; 1975 - Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Currie and St. Anthony in Westbrook; 1982 - Pastor, St. Ann in Janesville; 1989 - Chaplain, St. Anne Hospice in Winona; 1994 - Retired; 1995 - Two month substitution, St. Francis Xavier in Windom, St. Augustine in Jeffers; 1995 - Retired priest-in-residence, St. John, Minnesota Lake; 2001 - Chaplain, St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Wabasha and moderator for the Winona Council of Catholic Women in Waseca Deanery; 2011 - Final retirement, St. Elizabeth Nursing Care Center, Wabasha

    Adrian Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Full obituary at

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