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Grace Elizabeth (Rieger) Carling-Kelly

March 13, 1963 ~ June 26, 2019 (age 56)

A beautiful and gracious lady, Grace Elizabeth Carling-Kelly residing in Dubuque, Iowa passed away at the University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa during the night on Wednesday June 26, 2019.

Please join us as we gather to remember Grace and to celebrate a life well lived at; The Dubuque Museum of Art 701 Locust St. Dubuque, Iowa on June 30th, 2019 between 4 pm and 7 pm.

Grace was born in Salem, New Jersey on March 13th, 1963 to Arlene and John Rieger. Shortly thereafter the family relocated to Ohio where Grace grew up New Philadelphia, Ohio before moving to Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Ohio State University and later became a self-employed currency trader.

Grace met Terry Carling-Kelly in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998 and were married on December 31st, 2006 in Key West, FL. Living and working with Terry led to many moves from Cleveland to Kansas City, Chicago, Mexico, MO before finally locating in Dubuque, Iowa.

Grace very much enjoyed spending time in the Florida Keys, gardening, traveling, sailing in the Gulf of Mexico and just living life to the fullest.

Grace Carling-Kelly is survived by her spouse Terry Carling-Kelly and her sister Merry Jill Wilson and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Grace’s name to the Dubuque Museum of Arts are encouraged.


A little Poem for Gracie

Love, to me is stumbling around in the dark trying to find the right words to describe the feelings I get when she smiles while she sleeps.


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