The following comes from the Diocese of Santa Rosa website:
Father Michael Martin Kelly, Pastor of St. Francis Solano Parish, Sonoma, died on December 7, 2015, at UCSF Hospital in San Francisco. He died peacefully surrounded by his three sisters who had traveled from England and Chicago to be with him.
Father Kelly was born on April 10, 1951, in Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland.
In 1976 he decided to take time away from the seminary for discernment. During that time he went to Canada where he taught High School at the Whitehorse Indian Reserve. He traveled down through Western Canada, Alaska, California, and into part of Mexico to discover new places. That is when he found Santa Rosa to where eventually he would return. In 1978 he returned to All Hallows Seminary to continue his studies in Theology and after receiving his Masters of Divinity, he was ordained to the Priesthood on June 14, 1981, for ministry in the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.
Father Kelly was the youngest of nine children. He was preceded in death by his brother Cornelius. He is survived by his four sisters, Bridie, Margaret, Nuala, and Maeve, and three brothers, Charlie, Jim, and John, nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. May he rest in peace.
Vigil/Rosary: Wednesday, December 9, at 7 pm at St. Francis Solano Church, Sonoma.
Funeral Mass: Thursday, December 10, at 12 noon at St. Francis Solano Church, Sonoma.
A Reception will follow after the Funeral Mass at Sonoma Veterans’ Hall, Sonoma. All are invited.
Burial: In Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland