Mary Alice Keenan, age 74, of Richmond, died August 3, 2012, at the Talahi Senior Campus, St. Cloud, Minn.
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The Eucharist for Mary Alice Keenan will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2012, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond with Fathers Stephen Beauclaire and Douglas Mullin, OSB, concelebrating. Mary Alice chose to donate her body to the University of Minnesota for research. A gathering of family and friends will take place at 10 a.m. in the Richmond Elementary School.
Mary Alice was born on September 2, 1937, to John and Marie (Lill) Wedl in Cold Spring, Minn. In 1960, she married George "Mick" Keenan. She attended St. Boniface School, the College of Saint Benedict, Hamline University, and St. Cloud State University. Her parents passed on their passion for education to her. She said she "always loved" school with all its activities, and was known to be one passionate and dedicated educator. She taught at St. Paul Park Elementary, St. Joseph Lab School, and Holy Cross in Pearl Lake, was the Cold Spring Elementary-Rocori Middle School Assistant Principal and later, Principal of the Richmond Elementary. Administrators, faculty and staff members and, particularly, her students-all loved and respected her. Many awards for excellence came her way, including the Teacher of the Year for the Rocori School District. In 2005, she was honored to be among the three women chosen as Grand Marshals for River Lake Days in Richmond.
Mary Alice is survived by her four sons and their spouses: Bill and Beth Keenan of Burnsville; John and Sue Keenan and Tim and Julie Keenan of St. Cloud; and Greg and Rhonda of Tulsa, Okla.; her loving grandchildren: John Jr., Nathan, Alex, Elijah, Logan, Bridget, Ryan, Kelly, and Dillon; her step-grandchildren: DJ and Cassie Rossbach and Justin, Travis, and Levi Sharer; sisters Lois Wedl, OSB, of St. Joseph and Eileen Marcure of Missoula, Mont.; brother Robert and sister-in-law Kathy of Edina; and sister-in-law Harriet Ahlstrom and husband Ken.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, George "Mick" Keenan, in 2002; and her sisters, Joan Wedl Olmscheid and Janice Wedl, OSB.
Memorial donations will be sent to John Mary Lugema, OSB, who, along with his family and volunteers, has begun Hope Academy, a school particularly for children who have fallen victim to the AIDS tragedy in the remote villages of Uganda.
Published in the St. Cloud Times from Aug. 4 to Aug. 10, 2012