Clarice "Boots" Keller|
Clarice "Boots" Keller, nee Schwellensattl, 93, of Belleville, Ill., born April 26, 1922, in Belleville, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at Sycamore Village Assisted Living, Swansea, Ill.
Boots retired from Belleville Elks Club BPOE 481 after 38 years of dedicated service. She was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., Belleville-Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, and the Belleville Exchange Club, where she had served as president.
Clarice was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Norman Keller, whom she married on Oct. 18, 1943, and who died on June 21, 1991; her parents, John and Rose, nee Gausepohl, Schwellensattl; a brother, Harvey (Mary) Clinton; and a brother-in-law, Don Siddall.
Surviving are two daughters and a son, Carol (Hal) Smithson of Edwardsville, Ill., Cindi (Bill) Miles of Belleville, Ill., and Ronald (Lynn) Keller of Butler, Ill.; six grandchildren, Kelly Keller, Pat (Gina) Miles, Mike (Sharon) Miles, Amy (Frank) Landry, Emily (John) Gusewelle, and David Smithson; 10 great-grandchildren, Jessica (John) Draughn, Taylor, Riten, Caleb, Andrew, and Rebecca Miles, Amanda, Laura, and Brayden Gusewelle, and Zachary Landry; a great-great-granddaughter, Kaelyn Draughn; two sisters, Rita Siddall of Belleville, Ill., and Joan (Roland) Gooding of Lake Ozark, Mo.; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Msgr. David Darin officiating. In keeping with Clarice's wishes, cremation was held. Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, Ill., at a later date.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 11, 2015