Kelsi Rain Cleary-Wilcox Obituary – Rochester Democrat And Chronicle

Kelsi Rain Cleary-Wilcox, 30, died Dec. 1, 2022. She was predeceased by her grandfather, George Wilcox, with whom she had a special relationship, who died earlier this year, and her uncle, Joseph Cleary, Jr. She left behind her mother and father, Mary Beth Cleary and Eric Wilcox; brothers, Quinnlin Wilcox, Torin Wilcox and Everett Wilcox; grandparents, Marianne Wilcox, Esme and Joseph Cleary; uncles and aunts, Michael and Kathryn Cleary, Justin and Linda Wilcox; cousins, Evelyn and Brennan Wilcox, and Makenna and Brendan Cleary. Kelsi was born on November 29, 1992 in Dallas, Texas. She was the first child of Eric and Mary Beth and the first grandchild and niece/nephew on either side of the family. Suffice it to say, she quickly became everyone’s favorite person and was easy to like because she was incredibly loving and funny. His jokes would make you laugh out loud because you wouldn’t think a little kid could know enough or have enough perspective and timing to be so quick-witted. She never encountered a lap she didn’t want to sit on or a set of arms she didn’t want wrapped around her. Growing up, Kelsi loved animals and nature. She chose all the dogs in the family (or often they chose her) and loved them very much. She enjoyed hiking with her family, whether at a local park or as part of a larger adventure, and she would often recount the excursion entertaining everyone who was with her. Her love of music and art began in childhood and continued throughout her life. As a child, she attended many concerts with her family, and as a teenager she regularly attended music festivals with her friends – laughing, twirling a light hoop and having fun. She had a great sense of fashion and she loved drawing, painting, ceramics and jewelry making. But perhaps more than the technical aspects of the art, she was incredibly creative in her overall thinking and way of being. Kelsi was fiercely independent and was a bold, free spirit that would not be contained. Kelsi attended Pittsford Sutherland High School and graduated in 2011. She was a good student, taking every AP class you imagine and a cross country and track and field athlete and varsity captain. She enjoyed her part-time job as a barista at a local village cafe in Pittsford and was reliable, responsible and loved by the “regulars”. Kelsi pursued a dual major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder before falling ill. Over the past 12 years, Kelsi has shown immeasurable strength in coping with her mental illness. Most aspects of her life changed during those years, but there was one aspect that was unwavering: the love she had for her brothers Quinnlin, Torin and Everett. They were his light. Friends can call Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. at DiPonzio Funeral Home, Inc., 219 Spencerport Road, Gates. On SATURDAY, December 10, 2022, all are invited to attend his funeral at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial at Pittsford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to ROME (Recovery Options Made Easy), 274 N. Goodman St., Suite 102D, Rochester, NY 14607 in his memory. (

Posted on December 05, 2022

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