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April 2, 2020

3/14/2020 7:30:00 AM
Kelly M. Roou

Kelly M. Roou, age 55, of the Town of Pelican, passed away at her home on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 with her family and her fiancé; Erick Runkle, by her side and under the care of Ascension at Home Hospice.

Kelly was born in Urbana, Ill. on Monday, March 23, 1964, the daughter of Gerald S. and Marie H. (Nemluvil) Roou.

After her birth, the family moved to Japan living there for three years. They later returned to the states and lived in Omaha, Neb. for two years. At the age of five, the family moved to Turkey, living there for five years. The family came back to the states living in Antigo. They then moved to the Island of Crete living there for a few years. The family came back to the United States settling in Rhinelander in 1977. Kelly was a 1982 graduate of Rhinelander High School.

She was employed in health care throughout her life. She was united in marriage to Marty Strelow in Eagle River. The couple were married for 15 years but were together for 30 years. They later were divorced. Kelly attended Nicolet College where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts in 2016.

She enjoyed the Minocqua Drumming Circle, kayaking, hiking, cooking and being outdoors.

She will be dearly missed by her father, Jerry; children: Nicholas Strelow of Eagle River, and Brianna (Coty) Hazelett of Minocqua; three grandchildren: Quinn Hazelett, Elijah Hazelett and Raya Strelow; fiancé, Erick Runkle of Rhinelander; one brother, Scott (Diana) Roou of Rhinelander; two sisters, Ritha (Kelly) Citron-Little of Ada. Okla. and Bethany (Jake) ReMine of Rush City, Minn. Also surviving are nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mom, Marie, in 1997; paternal grandparents, Spencer and Margaret Roou and maternal grandparents, Stanley and Alvina Nemluvil.

A Celebration of Kelly's Life will take place at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. You are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Article comment by: Lynn Kielhold

My prayers and thoughts are with you and you loved ones during this difficult time.

I am still in Florida and will keep you and your family in my prayers. Hugs to you and Donna!

Lynn (Tuchalski) Kielhold

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