DOLORES H. KELLER - BURLINGTON - Dolores "Dolly" H. Keller, 65, of Burlington, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer, on Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Fletcher Allen, surrounded by her family. Dolly was born in Burlington on May 16, 1946, the daughter of Curtis and Erma (Ellnor) Malaney. She graduated from Rice Memorial High School in 1964, followed by Champlain College in 1966. On Nov. 11, 1967, she married her high school sweetheart, Michael Keller, in Winooski. Dolly was employed as a medical and executive secretary for many years before transforming her passion for interior decorating into a career. She enjoyed gardening, painting, antiques, boat rides on Lake Champlain, and long stroller rides with her grandchildren. Dolly was a beautiful and outgoing person who always enjoyed a good joke. Dolly is survived by her husband of 44 years, Michael Keller; daughter, Anne Minor and her husband, Brad, of Burlington; daughter, Elizabeth Proia and her husband, Jay, of Burlington; grandchildren, Luca, John and Savannah; brothers, Patrick and Steven Malaney; and sisters, Marilyn Alix, Kathleen Sikora and Michele Magoon. She was predeceased by her parents and her baby sister, Rosemary. Dolly's family wish to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Wong, Dr. Soultanakis, Kim Spina and their team at Fletcher Allen; the wonderful nurses on Shepardson 4; and Dr. Santin and Martha Luther at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven for their exceptional care and unwavering optimism. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 12 noon at St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington, followed by internment at Resurrection Park Cemetery. Arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St. in Winooski. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dolly's name to "Discovery to Cure", c/o JoAnn Bilyard, Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of OB/GYN, P.O. Box 208063, New Haven CT 06520-8063, a Yale research program specializing in reproductive cancer, in heartfelt appreciation of their incredible generosity.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 17, 2012