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Whalen & Ball Funeral Home

168 Park Ave, Yonkers, NY

OBITUARY

George J. Keppler

July 23, 1933January 9, 2020

George J. (Skip) Keppler, a lifelong resident of Yonkers, was born on July 23, 1933 to Catherine (nee McGuire) and George J. Keppler Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Arlene Spring Keppler, his five children - Robert (Lisa) Keppler of New Rochelle, Susan (Doug) Gellerman of Calabasas CA; Linda Keppler Moen of Yonkers, Carole (Jim) Cahill of Mountainside NJ, Barbara (John) McNelis of Scottsdale AZ and his loving nephew and niece, David and Maureen McCarthy. He is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren, Jeffrey and Tyler Keppler, Samantha Senior and Brian Gellerman, Kevin, Griffin and Kayleigh McCarty, Nicholas and Andrew Cahill, and Sean and Peter McNelis all of whom will miss their PopPop and his words of wisdom and corny jokes very much. He was very proud of his new great-granddaughter, Isla Spring McCarty. He is also survived by his cousins, Bill West, Joan Chopay, Rosemary McGuire and Jim Lomas and his wife Ann of England. Jim found Skip several years ago, and he and Ann became close friends who brought much sunshine in the last years of his life with their many visits and calls. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary Ellen and his granddaughter Jennifer Cahill who await him in Heaven. He was a proud member of the “Wildcats”, childhood friends with whom he remained close throughout his life. Skip attended both Sacred Heart Grade and High school graduating in 1951. He was a lifelong parishioner of The Monastery Church Sacred Heart and worked in the rectory for many years. He attended Siena College before entering the United States Army as an infantryman stationed in Kansas and Missouri during the Korean War. Skip and Arlene married on September 25, 1954. He began his long and varied career as a milkman for Beverly Dairy before joining the NY Central Railroad as a property tax expert. He continued his work in corporate property tax work for several large companies including General Foods and J.J. Newberry. In later years he worked in commercial property management in the Bronx and Manhattan. He was a co-owner at AJ Liquors in Yonkers and was actively involved with the youth of Yonkers coaching basketball for Sacred Heart for many years. His greatest joys were his family, his Irish heritage, golf, and he will always be remembered for his beautiful singing. He always had a song in his heart and on the tip of his tongue. Visiting hours are at Whalen and Ball on Sunday, Jan 12 from 2-6 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to a children’s charity of your choice. Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Ave. Yonkers, N.Y. 10703 (914)965-5488 www.whalenandballfh.com

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020

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Jim Lomas

January 15, 2020

Ann and I met Skip and Arlene a few years ago, after searching for relatives from my Mother's side of the family. They both welcomed us with open arms and much warmth. Even on that first meeting, there was something special about Skip. Over our visits, I learned much more about him. A life time of hard work, doing a number of jobs at the same time. His deep love for Arlene, his family and his country. A man honest as the day is long, caring for other folk and always walking the right road. I do not believe that he had any idea on how many lives he touched - from the very young child handed a bright new penny, the young man encouraged on the sports field and of course, the joy his singing brought to many. An ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. Beatae memoriae.

Colleen Warnock Mc Carthy

January 12, 2020

Mrs. Keppler; Sue, Linda and all the family. So sorry to hear of your beloved dad's passing, I hope it was peaceful. While reading this obituary I remembered something your dad did to us at a sleepover on Morningside. We were watching the movie The Birds in the front bedroom on the second floor. We were all scared to pieces and your dad quietly sneaked down the hall and threw a little stuffed bird in the room. This caused preteen screams and hilarity that I am sure made him smile from ear to ear. He always was happy to see his kids friends with a warm welcome even though he probably had to climb over us as we were always sitting on your front stairs. My parents made 58 years of loving examples for us and I am so happy that your parents loved each other for 65. We were blessed growing up, a special time. I know you will all miss him but the gift of his memory is a treasure.

Kevin Grandchild #3

January 12, 2020



"Mimi, I just wanted to say that I love you and I am grateful for everything you and PopPop did to enable our family to exist. I'm sorry about the hardship in his final days and am glad that he is now at rest in heaven. We are so infinitely happy that he got to meet his great-granddaughter and see her crawl for the first time. A live long lived and full of people who love you is the best anyone in this world can hope for, and his was surely a glorious victory by that standard.

Please always let me know if there is anything I can do to help you and / or the family. You are amazing and we love you so much. Thank you again for letting us all come into the world, for the most part we all love it here!! Blessings and Cheers, - Kevin (& Erin & Isla)"

Susie #2

January 11, 2020

Carole Cahill #5

January 11, 2020

The best dad a girl could have! ❤️

Sharon and Mike Palmeri

January 11, 2020

Our deepest sympathy tothe entire Keppler family. Tho we have lived far from Yonkers for many years now, we always think of Skip and Arlene as good friends. Memories of watching movies at their home, when having HBO was new. Stopping by at Christmas for a drink and conversation. We shared a fun Vacation in Aruba with Skip and Arlene in 1982. Rest In Peace , Skip. Photo from Aruba trip.

Linda #3

January 10, 2020

Thanks, Daddy!

Barbie Rosenberg

January 10, 2020

I have always had a special place in my heart for Skip. I was lucky to have spent time with him over the years with Sue in Long Beach, in Northridge, and in Calabasas. I even stayed with Skip and Arlene in Yonkers.
He was always smiling. We almost shared a birthday, just one day apart.
Rest In Peace
Sending love to Arlene

Sue Gellerman

January 10, 2020

Sue Gellerman

January 10, 2020

FROM THE FAMILY