BINGHAMTON – KellyAnn Wolner, 54, an award-winning 30-year teacher and coach at Unatego Central School, died at her home in Binghamton, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, after an 18-month battle with colon cancer.
Born on Oct. 24, 1964, in Spain at Naval Station Rota, Kelly lived in a variety of places before her family settled in Rome, N.Y.
She graduated from Westmoreland Central School in 1982 and went on to pursue her dream of becoming a physical education teacher at Mohawk Valley Community College, earning her associate degree in physical education in 1987, and SUNY Cortland, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1989 and master’s degree in health education in 1995.
For three decades, Kelly was a physical education teacher and coach with the Unatego Central School District, as well as a New York State high school and college softball umpire.
Her most notable designations include Drum Corps International World Champion (1984 and 1985 as a marching member, and 1990 and 2001 as an instructor), Unatego Central School District James C. Earl Achievement Award Recipient (2019) and Huntsman World Senior Games Softball Championships Gold Medalist (2017).
Always choosing to do what was going to provide the most fun, Kelly most enjoyed photography, hiking, biking, softball, skiing, drum and bugle corps, Barbra Streisand and Linda Eder concerts, Broadway shows, wine tasting, playing with her dog, road trips with her wife, and spending quality time with her nieces and nephews.
Kelly is survived by her wife, Annarose Foley of Binghamton, who she married on Feb. 19, 2012; her father, Charles Albert Wolner of Rome; her sisters, Mary Alice Moore of Rocky Point, North Carolina, Lynn Marie (Scott) Burdick of Castleton-on-Hudson and Charlene “Shoie” (David) McCarthy of Marietta, Georgia; her nieces and nephews, Samantha Lynn Herrick, Phoenix Marie Herrick, Justin Scott Burdick, Joseph David Moore, Sarah Kate Wolner Burdick, Ava Catherine McCarthy, and Quinn Esther McCarthy; and her father, mother and brother in-law, James Edward, Rosemary and Ryan Seamus Foley.
She was predeceased by her mother, Alice Mary Wolner, on April 27, 2018.
Calling hours will be 2-5 and 7- 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. A Celebration of Life will be 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 225 Water St., Binghamton. RSVP for the Celebration of Life at http://bit.ly/wolnerstrong.
Memorial donations may be made in Kelly’s name to the Cadets Maroon & Gold Club through Youth Education in the Arts (https://yea.org/cadets/donate), or the Unatego TouchDown Club, c/o Patrick Wilsey, 2369 NY-7, Wells Bridge, NY 13859.
Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.