Mary "Marie" Keer, 86, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at her home. She was born June 3, 1927, in Newark, N.J., to Charles and Marianna (Giarratanna) Verzi and came here five years ago from Irvington, N.J. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was of the Catholic faith.
She was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Louis W. Smith; and her sister, Josephine Vella. She is survived by her sons, Louis Keer and his wife Linda, and Kenneth L. Keer, both of Homosassa, and Darrell Keer of Pennsylvania; a sister, Rose Russomanno of New Jersey; grandchildren, Jason, Shannon and Christopher Keer, Vincent Franchini, Tina Hampton and Nicholas Vitiello; and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal River.