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KEIFER, Julia H.

Julia "Judy" Hangen Keifer, 80, of Litchfield, Collinsville and Wethersfield, wife of the late William White Keifer III, passed away gently and peacefully on August 22, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital with her family at her side. Judy was born in Springfield, OH, on April 19, 1933 to the late Cleo and Mary Hangen, but then spent the rest of her childhood and teenage years in Dayton, OH. She attended The Ohio State University where she learned to be a dental hygienist, was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and won ribbons in an equestrian club on campus. Judy was a hygienist for many years before retiring, but she is also known as a humor columnist, writing for the former Hartford Times and other local papers; these essays were called (throughout the years) "Clothesline Comment," "Dishpan Diary" and finally "The Homefront." These columns focused on the challenges and joys of being a wife and a working mom, and they encapsulated (with lovely and witty humor) stories of growing up and raising her five children in another day and time. Just some of her loves included going to tag and estate sales, decorating, painting and other crafts, gardening, genealogy, cats, horses, reading, being a member of the Red Hat Club, and traveling with her husband in the U.S. and abroad. Judy is survived by a family who so dearly misses her wonderful smile and charm: her daughters Elizabeth and Marti and her partner Steve Cissell, her son Dan, and her son Ted along with his wife Andreina. She is also missed by her seven grandchildren: Gino, Jessica, Lisa, Erin, Joey, Billy and Lauren. She is survived by her brother Will and his wife Terra. She is predeceased by her husband William and her son Joseph. A special thanks for the care and love of so many, including Ania Tonino, Homes of Comfort in West Hartford, her aides Veronica and Victoria, and her life-long friend, Patty Bower.
The family is holding a private service. Memorial donations may be made to any no-kill animal shelter. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.molloyfuneralhome.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 25, 2013
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