Virginia M. Keller

April 8, 1927February 26, 2019
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Virginia M. Keller

Virginia (Vincenza) Keller, beautiful and lovingly known as Jean, 91 years old, was born on April 8,1927, to Donato and Josephine Cannizzaro in West Allis Wisconsin. She was led home by Jesus Christ her savior in Loveland, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, with her loved ones at her side, holding her hands and accompanying her with prayers. Her loving father Donato died when she was little and her mother remarried to a wonderful man, Cosmo Bongiorno. She grew up in Wisconsin where she then met and married her husband, LaVerne (Vern) Keller, June 26, 1948. They celebrated 52 years of loving marriage together before his passing in 2004, she never stopped loving him and continued to share their love. In 1953, they moved to Boulder and opened a coffee shop, Keller's Cafe. Upon selling that they acquired the historical Arnett Hotel building, where they had a much-loved restaurant and lounge, Keller's Inn. Upon early retirement they then moved to Loveland. She was preceded in death by her husband LaVerne (Vern) Keller, parents Donato and Josephine Cannizzaro, Cosmo Bongiorno, and her sister Frances Schultz and brother Jack Bongiorno. She is survived by her daughters Michele Crowell (Gregory) and Jeanne Lenort (Roger), grandchildren Teddy Crowell (Katie), Josanna Crowell, R.J. Lenort (Hayley), Mike Lenort, Audrey Lorenz, Ashley Lenort, great grandchildren Benny and Jace Ehrlich, Avery and Wyatt Lenort. She's also survived by her cousin Angie Thoenes, who she grew up with like a sister. Along with many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She brought joy beyond measure to those around her with lots of humor and laughter. The company of grams was warm welcoming where everyone felt at home. It was often described as a bright shining light of love. She was quite adventurous in her younger years and loved to travel with Vern. Especially to Vegas. She also enjoyed Black Hawk to "win big!" and eat crab. Virginia found "having fun" in everything there ever was to do. She liked to help make Italian cookies and eating deserts was a must! She is very well remembered for always being very generous. Christmas was a favorite. She loved getting the family together, reminding us to always take care of each-other. Always giving above and beyond measure. She especially loved giving the great grandkids lollipop suckers and dollars. She sure did love collecting elephants and watching The Andy Griffith Show! Some favorite sayings were "don't buy anything unless you have a coupon," "it's a great world if we don't weaken," and "It's hell to get old." When saying goodbye, she'd kiss you, wave at you and say "have fun! Take Care of each-other, and have a good life!"Her conversation would end with "goodnight dolly," "see you later, until we meet again" and "love you more!"

...No, we love you more!


  • Mike Lenort
  • Roger Lenort
  • Theodore Crowell
  • Josanna Crowell
  • Ashley Lenort
  • Gregory Crowell


  • Visitation Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Reception Monday, March 4, 2019

Virginia M. Keller

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Deb & Tom Petersen

March 5, 2019

Our deepest sympathy for the family. ❤️
Litttle Jeanne was a wonderful and kind lady who was a friend to everyone she met. She will be missed by all who loved her.
The service today was beautiful, and I know she was smiling from heaven seeing all of her loved ones together!
So many lovely pictures and memories of her life, her love for Vern and for her family.
Rest In Paradice sweet Virginia! Love you!

Jeanne Lenort

March 4, 2019

Mom I will miss you more than words could ever say. I'm especially gonna miss the 9:00 nightly calls, you always were there for me, truly my angel. I listen to your voicemails and it's hard but always makes me smile. I'll always be your babygirl and you'll always be my mama!!!!! I Love You More.....❤
I know you missed daddy so much, I'm sure you're both celebrating and that gives me peace, always' in my heart!

Lynn Myers

March 4, 2019

Beautiful heart, beautiful soul. beautiful person. Love you to the stars and back Aunt Jean. I will miss you more than you know. I only wish I could have had one last opportunity to hug you one more time. I loved our many visits over the past years and watching your beautiful loving family grow. It was a real joy to see the love and closeness between you all. You have joined the Lord, your husband, mother, father, sister and brother in heaven so we know you are in awesome company. May you rest in peace my dear aunt.
I have made a donation to the American Lung Association in your honor knowing you had a battle with your lungs over the years.
All of my love and sympathy to the family.
Always in my heart,

Hayley Lenort

March 3, 2019

I met Roger, Virginia’s grandson about 4 years ago. It only took 1 week before he just had to introduce me to his very special ‘little gram’. I walked into her home and sat next to her as Roger introduced us. We discussed our love for cheesy hallmark movies. She offered me a piece of candy from her 3 jars she always had on the coffe table in her home full of goodies. When we left she told us to take care of each other. That memory has always stuck with me. Every time we would visit or call to check in on little gram she would always tell us to take care of each other. A few months later I celebrated My first Christmas Eve at little grams which of course was filled with fun games, yummy food, and homemade cookies galore...Fast forward 3 1/2 years later where Roger and I celebrated our marriage with little gram right there with us on September 22, 2018. We are so lucky to have shared that time with her. Oh little gram....Her heart was full of love, her home was full of support, and we could always count on her for a silly joke or two and if we were extra lucky that day we might have even gotten a bad word in Italian!! Her sweet soul will be missed but our memories will last forever. I will always take care of her grandson just like she always told me.

Praying for our family during this time.

Peace and love,

JoAnne (Spata) Hazlett

March 2, 2019

Virginia was a very loving person. I remember the times we went on picnics at Whitnal Park we had fun. We came out to Colorado to visit about 40 years ago. That was fun too. I also remember the time I was the flower girl at their wedding. So I just want to say I am sorry for the great loss in your lives. JoAnne (Spata) Hazlett

Francie Steffen

March 2, 2019

I always loved Aunt Gene & Uncle Vern so much. I was always so excited when they would come to Milwaukee to visit. It's one of the reasons that I had chosen them to be my God Parents for Confirmation.
I remember Grandma taking us on the train to Boulder to visit. I remember the hotel and the coffee shop. I loved it so much there I cried so hard when it was time to come home.
I'm so happy that I got to visit her a few years ago, along with you and your families.
I know she's in God's care and with great company and having a huge reunion. She'll always be looking out for you.

In lieu of flowers, I have contacted the Capuchin Missions to have 7 Masses said for her.
God Bless, Love you all,

Cher F

February 27, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family , The Bible tells us about the hope for all who die. John5:28,29, The Resurrection! We know this to be true for the author of the Bible, Jehovah God cannot lie. Titus 1:2. My hope is that this Bible Truth brings you peace and comfort as it has for me.