Grace L. Keister: 1930 – 2011

Keiser, Grace 2_0001Grace L. Keister, a resident of rural Albion and wife of Lester “Pete” Keister, passed away at 1:15 p. m. on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.  She had been a patient there for the past five days.

Mrs. Keister was born in Churubusco on November 26, 1930, a daughter of Ralph and Effie (Tarlton) Shanabarger.  She spent her formative years in Churubusco and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1948.

On July 7, 1951 she was united in marriage in Merriam to Lester “Pete” Keister, and lived all of her adult life in Noble County.  For 45 years she assisted her husband in the operation of the Merriam Feed Mill, retiring from there in 1993.

She was a member of the Merriam Christian Chapel, and was a former Sunday School teacher.  She was also a member of  the Noble County Home Economics Club, and had volunteered as a Noble Township 4-H leader for several years.

The surviving relatives include her husband Lester “Pete” Keister, to whom she was married for over 60 years; a son Gary (Norma) Keister of Goshen; two daughters Marcia (Steve) Provines of Auburn and Deb (Bill) Smith of Wawaka; a brother Morris “Bill” Shanabarger of Churubusco; her sister Norma Waters of Muldrow, Oklahoma; two sisters-in-law Joan Keller of Churubusco and Louise Shanabarger of Avilla; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers Robert Shanabarger, Lee Shanabarger, and Glenn Shanabarger; and a great-grandchild Adarah Grace Clark.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, August 4, 2011, at the Merriam Christian Chapel with Pastor Terry L. Zolman, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Wednesday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Dr., Indianapolis, IN  46202;  or American Cancer Society, 111 E. Ludwig Rd., #105, Fort Wayne, IN  46825


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4 Responses to “Grace L. Keister: 1930 – 2011”

  1. Greg Says:

    To Grace’s Family – Jeanine and I want to express our sincere sympathy to all of you on your loss of Grace. Please rest in the knowledge that we will be here for you now. . .and in the days ahead.

    With every good wish,
    Greg & Jeanine Childs and Staff

  2. Cynthia Huntsman Haller Says:

    Pete, Gary, Marcia and Deb,

    I could hardly believe it when Richard told me of Grace’s passing. It also was very hard to type Pete’s name without Grace beside it.

    Your mother and wife was such a great lady! I have so enjoyed her over the many years I’ve know her. You all were so wonderful to Kyle both when he was just a kid and when he and Jaimie lived down the road.

    Rest assured that she has gone to our Heavenly Father and she will hear the words, “Well done, my faithful servant.”

    May He who comforts and knows our sorrows be with you all.


  3. sandy harlan dunn Says:

    ;Hi Pete
    Just wanted to let you know that Phil & I were sorry to hear of your loss
    and we at the green center UM church will be keeping you in our prays

    Sandy & Phil Dunn

  4. Scott and Laura Ingrum Says:

    Dear Pete,

    So sorry to hear of your wife’s passing.

    Scott and Laura Ingrum

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