William WA6PAY F. Keller

June 1, 1946April 13, 2014
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On April 13, 2014, William passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and loyal friend to many. He was in the US Navy stationed on Guam when he met and married his wife of 45 years. He retired after 32 years from the Employment Development Department State of California.He was greatly involved in his church. He was Responsible for St. Mary's Neocatechumenal Way and a member of St. Mary's Bereavement Ministry. He was also an active member and officer of the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 236, St. Lawrence, North Highlands, a deputy to Branch 73, San Vito, Roseville, and served as 2nd Vice President to the Blessed Sacrament District .An avid ham radio enthusiast, he was a member of SOTARS, SARO and North hills Radio Club. He leaves behind wife Maria, daughters Melissa and Debi, his brothers David (Eveanna) and Phillip (Anita) and nephew Aaron. He is also survived by sister-in-law Rosario Benaventi (John) and Cecilia Thomas (Walt), brother-in-law Eduardo Bitanga (Lisa) and numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 22, from 4pm to 7pm with a Rosary Service at 7pm at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home, 5401 Folsom Blvd. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at 11am at St. Mary's Catholic Church. 1333 58th St. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery and Mausoleum.

Arrangements under the direction of Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home, Sacramento, CA.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 22, 2014
  • Vigil Service Tuesday, April 22, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 23, 2014

William WA6PAY F. Keller

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May 19, 2014

Pease accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Elsa Espejo-Stoffle

Judy Woolensack

April 29, 2014

Maria, may God bless you and your family. I'm so sorry for loss of your husband. Try to remember the happy times. My prayers are with you.

Alan Klein

April 25, 2014

Maria, I am so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. May your family's fond memories of him sustain you in peace over the years ahead. My condolences.

Clarissa Hebig

April 24, 2014

Auntie, Melissa and Debbie.. My love and prayers of comfort are with all of you. I know Uncle Bill is at peace. I will miss the kind, soft-spoken man I remember and he will always be in my heart.

Walt Thomas

April 24, 2014

Maria, Melissa & Debi,
I met Bill only a few times but I miss him. He seemed like the kind of guy the world could use more of. I'm sorry for your loss but hope you find comfort in the memories of the time you had together.

Dolores Kattenhorn

April 23, 2014

Maria and family,
I was saddened to learn of Bill's passing. May your wonderful memories of him keep you strong and blessed during this time. My thoughts and prayers are sent to you and yours. I know that he will forever be in your hearts.

RoseAnn Dodson

April 23, 2014

Auntie Kita, Melissa and Debi,
Our hearts and prayers go out to you during your time of sorrow. May you be surrounded by family and friends who will bring you love, peace and comfort. Uncle Bill is with our peace. Thinking of you all in Tennessee.
~ John, RoseAnn and Family

Barbara Carvalho-Lehmann

April 23, 2014

Dear Maria and girls, Bill will be/he is greatly missed. He was loved by many at St. Mary's I liked volunteering with him on the Bereavement committee. Peace be with you. Barbara C-L

Darlene Guidera

April 22, 2014

Maria & Family,
I'm very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. May you find comfort in memories and strength in each other's love throughout this very difficult time. Love lives on forever in the heart.

Chris Lackey

April 21, 2014

Maria and Family - My prayers go out to you and your family for your loss.