Photo by Jean Lachat Grace Kelly (center, with hand on her stomach) is consoled by family at her father's funeral.
In his final hours, Christopher Kelly called his brother, Charlie, with a request: keep his funeral service short, keep his eulogy brief.
Above all, he wanted his family and friends to know one thing, his brother said this morning:
"Christopher Kelly is at peace," Charles Kelly said. "Nothing more. Nothing less."
At a funeral service this morning at St. John of the Cross Church in Western Springs, there was no talk of Rod Blagojevich, of federal prosecutors or of a suicide investigation of the onetime political insider that has dominated the news in recent days.
Charles Kelly said his brother in no uncertain terms told him he was at peace and that he wanted that communicated to his family.
Charles Kelly said his brother was blessed with a loving and devoted wife, Carmen and that the entire Kelly family was proud of his brother.
Charles spoke of his brother's intense love for his three daughters: his first-born, Grace, his middle daughter Jacqueline, who is named after the Kelly patriarch, John "Jack" Kelly and the youngest, Claire, whom Chris Kelly liked to call "Claire Bear."
Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, as well as their two daughters attended the funeral. They did not speak publicly afterward. Also in attendance was Kelly's lawyers and Chicago Ald. Ed Burke.
Kelly died Saturday morning after overdosing on a bottle of aspirin, according to police. In recent years, Kelly was under the weight of three federal indictments.
Authorities said Tuesday that Kelly made a first attempt at suicide just hours after he pleaded guilty in federal court last week. That day in federal court, Kelly told reporters: "My life is over."
In court, Kelly told the judge he faced pressures "in my life."