Joan M. Keller

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Joan M. Keller, 84, of New Paris, died Friday, March 8, 2013 at her residence.

Joan was born on Dec. 7, 1928 in Richmond, Ind., the daughter of the late Harry & Rosella (Bussen) Zartman. Joan retired from Visitation Catholic Church in Eaton where she was the church secretary for 20 years. Joan was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church in New Paris, the St. Ann Altar Sodality and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her great-grandson, Jacob Deacon in 2005.

Joan is survived by her husband of 67 years, John H. Keller, Jr. and their children, Lynn (David) White of Texas, Jan (Michael Kevin) Nieberding, Vicki Keller, John III (Rhonda) Keller all of Eaton, and Gail Keller (CeCe Kennison) of New Paris; sister, Carol Ann Cerqua of McMinnville, OR; grandchildren: Lisa Wolf, Julie Maurer, John Webb, Jennifer Webb, Lesley Wright and Natalie Maynard; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 11, at St. John's Catholic Church, North Spring Street, New Paris, with Rev. J. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Interment was held in Spring Lawn Cemetery in New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 15120 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the website at