Mary E. Keeler, 84

Mary E. Keeler, 84, born on May 1, 1934, went home to her Heavenly Father on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. At the time of her passing, she resided at 4000 Valley Square – Heartland in Grand Forks, N. Dak. Mary was taken care of with great love and compassion by the staff whom she loved and adored.

Mary Ellen Nowlan was born in Hart, Minn., the daughter of Leo and Erna (Ledbehur) Nowlan.  She grew up with two younger sisters, Betty and Karen.

Mary wed Jack W. Keeler on September 12, 1953, in Winona, Minn., and they would make their home in Rushford, where they would share great joy in their daughter, Robin being born in 1955. Mary and Jack shared 47 years of marriage before his passing on May 2, 2001. 

Mary loved her years working at Peerless Chain and The Dahl House, both in Winona.  She made many lifelong friends along the way. Mary loved to attend her home church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Rushford. Her passion was singing old hymns. There wasn't a hymn she didn't know or a song she couldn't sing. Mary was a follower of Jesus, a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-great grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Robin (Gary) Bartelson of Grand Forks, N. Dak.; a granddaughter, Heather (Donovan) Mitchell; their children, Christopher of Keystone Heights, Fla., Lindsey Mitchell; great-great granddaughter, Leah of Grand Forks, N. Dak., and Alexis Mitchell; great-great grandson, Kameryn of Milaca, Minn.; a grandson, Brandon Bartelson; a great-grandson, Landon both of Grand Forks, N. Dak., and a sister, Betty (Harvey) Klungtvedt, Rushford.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack and a sister, Karen O'Dell.

Mary will be buried alongside her husband, Jack at woodland Cemetery, Winona, in a private service at a date to be determined.

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