Rosabea Keating, 97, longtime Citrus County resident, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Lakeshore Villa Nursing Center in Tampa, Fla.
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Rosabea was born June 6, 1915, to Charles Hendricks and Rose Cadenbach in McClure, Ill. She moved to Citrus County in the late 1940s with her husband, Bill. Together they developed Keating Park in Floral City, where they raised a family of four. Rosabea was one of the original registered nurses to practice at Citrus Memorial hospital. She is a former member of the Floral City Women's Club and Inverness Country Club. As Mrs. Keating's health failed, she moved in the late 1990s to Tampa to be close to her family.
She was predeceased by her late husband, Bill Keating, founder of the First Federal Savings and Loan of Citrus County, and daughter, Mary Keating of New Port Richey. She is survived by children, Carole Keating-Cox of New Bern, N.C., Dr. Barbara Helsley of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Bill Keating Jr. of Paradise, Texas. She is also survived by grandchildren, Keating Van Dorsten of Seattle, Wash., Heather Partin Silvia of Bridgton, Maine, Jill Partin Wilkins of Lutz, Fla., Catharine Keating of Santa Fe, N.M., and Andrew Keating of Mandevile, La.; and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Keating retained fond memories of her life on Lake Tsala Popka and many friends in Floral City and Inverness. Her legacy of healing touch, wit and wisdom will be long cherished by her family.
A viewing will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness with a funeral service to follow at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow at a later date in Hills of Rest Cemetery.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 4, 2012