Evelyn Alice Keller
MARQUETTE, MI – Evelyn Alice Keller, age 99, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday morning, January 9, 2020, at the Norlite Nursing Center, in the loving, comforting care of her family.
Born September 4, 1920, in Detroit, a daughter of Reuben and Myrtle (Seibert) Orr, Evelyn was raised in Detroit and graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn. Following graduation, she went to work at Montgomery Ward in their accounting department. On June 14, 1941, Evelyn Alice Orr married Robert H. Keller, Sr., in Detroit. Soon after, Bob was shipped out to serve in the US Navy during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge, the couple continued to reside in the Detroit area where Evelyn enjoyed her role as a homemaker and raising their four children. The family enjoyed spending summers on Lake Skegemog in Grand Traverse County and the couple retired there in 1979. In 1996, they relocated to Marquette to join their children and grandchildren. Evelyn was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Evelyn is survived by three sons, Robert H. (Merrilee) Keller Jr. of Marquette, Thomas L. Keller and Debbie Tillinger of Marriott Island, FL, and Dano (Barb) M. Keller of Marquette, and her daughter, Diane R. Keller of Marquette; her grandchildren, Andy (Gabrielle) Keller Sr., Kathleen Stiles and Karly (Brandon) Keller Billings, Jessica (Brian) Sandstrom and Danielle (Nick) Slattery, Scott (Michelle) Tillinger, and Austin, Abbey and Jake Roemer; ten great-grandchildren; and her grand-dogs, Trigger, Rorianna, and Lucian.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; and her sister, Doris; and Air buddy, Lord Gustavian and many other cats and dogs.
Friends may call at Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services on Tuesday, January 14, beginning at 5 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m. Pastor Chad Mager will officiate. A reception will follow in the reception room located at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.
Condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderswanson hansen.com.