OBITUARY

Catherine Charlene Keller

June 30, 1937October 25, 2018
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Catherine Charlene (Statz) Keller, age 81, of San Antonio, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Cathy was born on June 30, 1937 to the late George and Clara Josephine (Zander) Statz in Martinsville, Wisconsin. She graduated with honors from Sun Prairie High School in 1956.

Cathy married the late Donald J. Keller on February 23, 1957. During their 26 years of marriage, Don and Cathy had ten children. Cathy worked part-time jobs in their early marriage. One of her favorite jobs was working for the Wisconsin Cheeseman during the Christmas rush, reading the addresses for the shipping labels. She stayed home raising her children for many years and enjoyed “keeping” her house and cooking for her large family. Her stuffing recipe was legendary. Years later, she started her career as an administrative assistant. Cathy had a flair for style and was always dressed to the nines! She began working at the Army Residence Community Healthcare Center when it opened on January 12, 1987. She worked there until she retired in 2014, just after her 77th Birthday.

Cathy enjoyed gardening, keeping her house spic and span, spending time with family and friends and watching her shows. But her first love was dancing. When they were young, she and Don went dancing “every Saturday night” and were quite the pair on the dance floor. In her later years, she loved teaching her children the Fox Trot and Polkas. No worries if you couldn’t get the beat because she always would lead and swing you around the dance floor, so you better keep up! For her 80th and 81st birthdays, she went dancing with her children, their spouses and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her sons, Chuck and Greg, and daughter, Debbie (Keller) Brock; brothers, Danny and Donnie, her sister Phyllis, and infant sister, sisters-in-law Terry and Beverly Statz, Lois Keller and brother-in-law, Wendall Stull.

Cathy is survived by her children: Jeff (Patty), Nancy, Donnie, Patty (Ken) Brown, Brian, Elle (Tim) Saunders, and Brad (girlfriend Anna Wright); son-in-law Jeff Brock, and daughter-in-law Tina Tibbitts; grandchildren: Rachel and Jessica Brock, Abbey (Erich) Castalia, Chris and Kevin Brown, Kacey (Eric) Helt, Kyle and Karly Keller, Adam (Jill), Nic, Zac, and Colton Saunders, Tailyn Keller, Layken and Maxon Keller; and great grandsons Isaiah Brock and Mason Helt.

She is further survived by her siblings, Tom, Rich (Veronica), Jim (Kathy), and Roger (Betty); her brothers and sisters in-law, Ivan Frank, Shirley Statz, Lillian Stull, Richard Keller, Fran (Richard) Paulson; and numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

The past few years, Cathy’s advice to young people, especially newlywed couples was “be kind to one another.” Cathy knew life was precious. She ended every text and Facebook post with “love you.”

We will miss you so much and we love you too, Mom!

Services

  • Family Receiving Friends with Catered Reception Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Prayer Service Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Sharing of Memories Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Memorial Celebration Saturday, November 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

Catherine Charlene Keller

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Patty Brown

November 4, 2018

Mom’s eulogy:
Mom loved music! That was part of her love for dancing.
As a child, she helped a neighbor with household chores in exchange for piano lessons.
She loved to sing along to the radio all day while she did her ironing, listening to Johnny Cash and Patsy Klein, and Loretta Lynn.
Mom loved going to concerts over the years: including Abbey’s choir concerts and the boys’ band performances. She also went to see Liberace, Barry Manilow, George Straight and even a few months ago, Brad and Anna took her to see Willie Nelson.
I think some of the lyrics to her favorite song sums up Mom’s relationships:

“I’ve got a never-ending love for you,
From now on, that’s all I want to do.
From the first time we met I knew,
I’d have a never-ending song of love for you.”

I think that is how Mom felt about each of us from the first moment she held us in her arms.
It’s a testament of her love for each of her ten children.
Over the course of the past week, I’ve come to realize she loved us - each according to our strengths, needs, and personalities.
She was so easy to talk to about almost any subject.
She was a great listener!

Mom had a strong relationship with each of us and we knew her differently. But no matter . . . she was always in our corner.
Wherever we were on our life journey, she was there for us.

This was true of her grandchildren, as well. She cherished her monthly brunches with Chris, Colton and Kevin. And her time spent with granddaughters the past few summers, meant so much to her.

In her later years, she grew to love her independence and gave her grandchildren what came to be known as her “you don’t need a man to make you whole” speech. I think the first rendition was delivered to Abbey, Kacey and Karly in Jeff and Patty’s kitchen. A young Kevin was also there and apparently, he didn’t need a man either!

Mom loved fiercely and unconditionally and that is what we’ll miss most about her.

As she would always say, “Love you guys!"

Patty Keller

November 3, 2018

I am very grateful for Mom. She gave me my husband and therefore my family. Jeff & I have a beautiful family built on a foundation of her values. I thought I would share a few lessons I learned from Mom. And how thankful and blessed I feel because if her unconditional love. I really felt her love whenever I spoke with her on the phone or whenever I was
With her. She made me feel like her daughter. I learned ....
- To love and to not judge.
- To Always make your bed.
- To Be up for anything!
- To Just “be” with your kids. It doesn’t matter what it is they are doing. Just be there.
- To Love what your kids love and your life will be complete.
- That You don’t need someone else for you to have a good life and be happy.
- To be Happy with who you are.
- To Dress well.
- To Buy quality pieces and Rock it with high heels!
- To set your hair on rollers so it will hold longer.
- To Keep your drawers organized so you can find things.
- To Get rid of things you don’t need or use.
- To Keep your yard nice so you have something beautiful to look at from your deck.
Thank you for these and so many other lessons Mom! Your love will always be stamped on my heart. I miss you mom and love you forever.
Love you!

Anna Wright

November 2, 2018

Movie date to see Night School which she thought was hilarious.

Anna Wright

November 2, 2018

The look after a fun day of celebrating her 81st birthday ALL DAY

Anna Wright

November 2, 2018

Moms 81st birthday crawfish boil at Brads

Anna Wright

November 2, 2018

Moms 81st Birthday weekend kick-off at Midnight Rodeo

Anna Wright

November 2, 2018

Brad and mom dancing to Willie Nelson

Anna Wright

November 2, 2018

Enjoying the Willie Nelson concert

Anna Wright

November 2, 2018

We were having so much fun

Anna Wright

November 2, 2018

We surprised mom with VIP concert tickets to see Willie Nelson in New Braunfels