Thelma M. Keeler

Thelma M. Keeler

 Thelma M. Keeler, age 91, of Plainwell, departed this life on March 16, 2014.

She was born in Martin, MI on August 15, 1922 to Wayne and Ina (Henson) Rantz, the youngest of 5 children. She lived in Martin for several years before moving to Plainwell, where she graduated from Plainwell High School in 1941.

She married Bob Keeler on August 31, 1946. He preceded her in death in 2005. They lived many years in Cooper before moving back to Plainwell in 2003. They were active long time members of the Cooper Congregational church.

They had 3 children; Tom (Barb) of Granger, IN, Brad (Chris) of Plainwell and Marsha of Grand Blanc, MI; five grandchildren and 9 great-granddaughters.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Cooper Congregational Church with a lunch to follow.

Memorial contributions in memory of Thelma may be made to the Cooper Congregational Church, 8071 Douglas Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49009 or to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Jim & Suzanne Higgs says:

    Brad, Marsha, and the rest of your family…

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We know exactly what you’re going through after my dad’s death less than two weeks ago. Two more members of the PHS Class of ’41 gone.

    Our best to you.

  2. Karen Keene says:

    It was my privilege to know Thelma for over forty years, she was a lovely person and will be truly missed. Friday mornings will never be the same. You did a good job with your Mom Marsha. My sympathies to you and your brothers.

  3. Gladys and Bruce Fahselt says:

    Dear Marsha,
    We were so sorry to hear of your mothers’ passing.
    We know how close-knit your family have always been – you will miss your mother deeply.
    After her suffering, in recent months, and her belief in the Lord, it seems a blessing that she is now at peace.
    May your many memories, and family love, give you comfort, in your sadness for your loss.
    Love and God bless,

    Bruce and Glaldys


    sorry to here of your loss we know you will surley miss her.

  5. Sharon Chastain says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I sure loved Aunt Thelma, I talked to her as they were taking her to the hospital. I will try and be there for her Memorial. Love Sharon

  6. Ken, Chris & family says:

    Brad, Marsha and all of your family:
    We’re very sad to hear of your mom’s passing. What a warm wonderful lady, she will be missed.
    One of our favorite memories of your mom that always makes us smile is the time she knew she better get up to the ER to get checked out for some health problems, on her way there, she realized she hadn’t bought her lotto ticket yet for the next drawing, so she stopped to get that lotto ticket because she just knew her numbers would win if she didn’t have the ticket.
    Keep memories like this close in thought to get you through the sad times. God certainly took one of the best. God bless all of you.

  7. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Brad and family. We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in our thoughts and are sending sincere sympathy your way.. Thinking of you. Take care now.

  8. shirley riggs says:

    your mother always had a smile i went to church with her many years ago

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