Kelly Ryan Mittelmeier, 51, passed away at home suddenly on July 30, 2020, after a long health battle involving multiple surgeries.
She was born in Erie, Pa., on March 6, 1969.
She graduated from McDowell High School and Penn State Behrend Campus in Erie, Pa., with a psychology degree. After graduating from Behrend, Kelly went to school at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa., in 1993.
Kelly married David on July 15, 1994, moved to Rock Hill, S.C. and continued her education by attending Winthrop University, graduating with a master’s and specialist degree in school psychology. Kelly’s love of being a school psychologist included working in Burke County, N.C., LaPorte County, Ind., Erie, Pa. and most recently in Marion County.
Kelly also had a love of crafts, making cards, scrapbooks, prints and farmhouse stressed art. Kelly’s wish would have been to use her craft talent along with her school psychology position to help children through their problems and help them grow. Anyone who knew Kelly knew how much she loved doing crafts. She affectionately called it “making art.” Whenever she had stress she would go to her craft room for hours and was emotionally renewed.
She was very proud of her son Patrick who recently graduated from University High School in Morgantown, and who is set to start culinary school in August. She will be missed by family and friends and by her husband of over 26 years who affectionately called her his “Dream Girl.”
She is survived by her father, Rex Ryan (preceded in death by her mother Iona “Bonnie” Ryan) of Erie, Pa.; husband, David, and son, Patrick Mittelmeier, of Maidsville; brother, Scott Ryan, of Erie, Pa.; mother- and father-in-law, Josephine and Earl Mittelmeier, of Erie, Pa.; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Dan Heise, of Grand Rapids, Mich., Lisa and Mark Mittelmeier, of Erie, Pa.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Friends may join Kelly’s family to honor her life and legacy at Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Westover/Morgantown from 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 until the time of the service at 7 p.m. officiated by Pastor Dan Meadows. Following the service, Kelly will be cremated at her family’s request. Additional services, under the direction of Burton Funeral Homes of Erie, Pa., will take place at a date and time yet to be determined.
All in attendance at the funeral home visitation and/or funeral service will be required to wear face masks and practice recommended CDC social distancing guidelines.