Carolyn “Kelly” Janice (Brandvold) Kuehne was born on Dec. 8, 1945, in Pope County. She grew up in Glenwood, where she was raised by Irene Brandvold. Kelly graduated from Glenwood High School with the class of 1964. In December 1964 Kelly married Doug Kuehne. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Janice, Carl and Glenn. They later divorced.

Kelly continued her education at the Wadena Vocational Technical College in Wadena, where she received a degree in medical records. She made her home in rural Richville and was employed at the Perham Memorial Hospital and then New Life Farms. She was a member of Basswood Baptist Church in Richville.

During her retirement, Kelly enjoyed stopping at thrift stores, rummage sales and dollar stores. Country life was Kelly’s happy place. She loved her cats, cows, gardening and raising an abundance of tomatoes every year. Kelly also enjoyed having coffee visits with friends and listening to music by the Gaither Vocal Band. She was a very kind person, very empathetic as she had a big heart with love filled for her family, friends and animals.

On June 4, 2024, Kelly passed away peacefully at Elk Ridge Assisted Living in Perham, at 78 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Kelly is survived by her children, Janice (Dan) Lewandowski, Carl (Kathy) Kuehne and Glenn (Angie) Kuehne; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and longtime partner in crime, Larry Rosenthal.

The family would like to thank Jackie Metteer and staff at Elk Ridge Assisted Living in Perham for their compassionate care that went above and beyond for Kelly and family these last several months.

A memorial service was held in honor of Kelly on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Basswood Baptist Church, rural Richville.

In lieu of flowers, Kelly would like you to make donations to animal shelters.

Please visit to leave memorials and condolences on Kelly’s Tribute Wall. Arrangements provided by Karvonen Funeral & Cremation Service of New York Mills.