Keen, Carol J.
Carol Joan Keen, age 76, joined her Lord and Savior on August 24, 2014, at her home in Appleton after courageously battling a terminal illness. Carol had lived in the Appleton area since 1964. She was born in Racine, WI in 1938 to the late Lillian and Otto Lipke. She graduated from Birnamwood High School in 1956 and in the fall, attended a semester of college at UW-Stevens Point. In February, 1957, she married her husband of 57 years, Raymond Keen. In the following 25 years, Carol raised her three sons and two daughters. In 1982, after completing course work at FVTC, she secured a position as Human Resources and Payroll administrator at R. Sabee Co, from where she retired in 1998. After three months, Carol took a part-time position in customer service at Riverside Paper Corp, where she worked for the next seven years and retired permanently in 2005.
Carol had been very active at her church. She was a member of the Daybreak Singers Choir and took on various volunteer tasks. She's also been an active member of the Appleton Women of the Moose since 2004, serving on the board of officers for four years.
Carol is survived by her loving husband Ray and her five adoring children: Michael (Vicki) Keen (Crystal Lake IL), Joan Keen (Neenah), Julie (Bill) Smith (Bremen, GA), Monty Keen (Appleton), and Jeffry Keen (Little Chute); sisters, Joyce (Harry) Krueger (Salem, SC), and Shirley (Don) Temby (Racine, WI). She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Each member of Carol's large family held a loving place in her heart, including many nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, Virgil, Victor, and Herbert; and a sister, Avery Schmidt.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 3009 N. Meade St., Appleton, Pastor Kurt Hoffman officiating, preceded by visitation from 9-10:45 a.m.
The family would like to thank the staff at ThedaCare at Home Hospice and the staff at Cherry Meadows for their expert care and compassion for Carol. Also, thanks and gratitude to Calvary Assembly of God, Crystal Lake, IL, and Pastor Terry Reilly.
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, WI 54911
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Aug. 27, 2014