Joann Kelty, 67, dies

Columbus, OH — Joann Kelty, 67, died June 25, 2022.

Born in Pennsylvania, she was a caretaker at Liberty Bell Park in the 1970s, working for top trainers including Steve Demas and Eddie Dunnigan. She was fond of recounting her time with winner Skedaddle N, racing in the Can-Am series.

She was at The Meadowlands in the early years with Demas, and later took care of horses for Kelvin “Red” Harrison, Jerry Silverman, and White Birch Farm. She also worked and had many friends at Showplace Farm.

In 1995, she moved with her horses to Millstone, N.J., where she became active in community affairs. As chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Commission from 2007 until her retirement in 2019, she played a key role in the restoration of the Thomas Baird Homestead and thoroughly enjoyed exploring and documenting the history of the surrounding area.

She is survived by her husband, Doug; son, Michael (Laura) DeAngelis; and granddaughters, Samantha DeAngelis and Danielle DeAngelis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation in her honor.

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