TELL CITY - Jane R. Keating, 86, of Cannelton passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Ky., Wednesday, May 8, 2013, after a short illness.
Mrs. Keating was born in Hawesville, Ky., June 11, 1926, to Archie and Virginia (Campbell) Roberts. She married Charles Allen "Buddy" Keating Nov. 11, 1944, and the couple became life-long Cannelton residents. Mrs. Keating was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Allen "Buddy" Keating and her grandson, Evan Michael Keating.
Mrs. Keating worked at General Electric in Tell City until 1952 and later was a homemaker. She was active in the Perry County community in a variety of activities including church, social and civic events. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and was an active participant in the St. Ann's Society. She volunteered for civic functions including elections and was a long-time poll worker in Cannelton. She volunteered in activities at Tell City Junior High School, where her daughter Cindia Keating Ress is a guidance counselor.
"Mother could always relate to the students and they seemed to enjoy her as well. She had a wonderful and encyclopedic memory and knowledge of people and events in the community. She often related to the students because she knew their grandparents or parents," said Mrs. Ress.
Mrs. Keating kept in close contact with her extended family and friends from both sides of the Ohio River through the newspapers in both Perry County and Hancock County, Ky. She was an avid police scanner listener and kept abreast of local happenings. She kept in touch with her high-school classmates through the years and organized the annual class reunion of Beechmont High School Class of 1944. Classmate and life-long friend, Wilda Frakes of West Frankfort, Ill., said, "Jane always loved keeping in touch. She was a dear friend and I can never remember having a cross word with her throughout our life."
Mrs. Keating was a well-traveled person. Family vacations, even with a newborn in tow in 1952, and annual family vacations to Colorado in the 1960s were followed up with extensive bus trips with Perry and Spencer County friends. Mrs. Keating saw a good portion of the country through the 1990s and enjoyed expanding her list of friends and acquaintances and regaled them with humor and sincere appreciation for their company.
In recent years, Mrs. Keating lived in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area near her son, Michael, and granddaughter Courtney Elizabeth Schank. She lived at the Barrington in Fort Thomas, Ky.
"Mom liked the idea of moving here as she needed more assistance in day to day living. She always said she felt like she was home when she came to the Cincinnati area," said Mr. Keating. "It allowed me to be closer to her and provide some of the things she needed, when she needed it most. It was good for her and for everyone in the family."
An Easter celebration marked the most recent gathering of her entire immediate family including two great-grandsons, Charles Valentine Tang-Ress, 2, and Keaton Jacob Schank, 21 months.
Mrs. Keating is survived by her daughter Cindia Keating Ress and her husband Mark Ress; son Michael E. Keating and his wife Sarah (Oberhausen) Keating; grandchildren Brandon Michael Ress and his wife Caroline Tang, Courtney Elizabeth (Ress) Schank and her husband Jordan Schank and Amanda Ashley Keating and her great-grandsons, Charles Valentine Tang-Ress and Keaton Jacob Schank.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Cannelton with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tell City. The Rev. Tom Richstatter OFM will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, and from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel.
Memorials contributions may be made to the Tell City Junior-Senior High Eighth Grade Washington D.C. Fund, care of Tell City Junior-Senior High School, 900 12th St., Tell City, IN 47586.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.huberfuneralhome.net.