Rita B. Keller
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LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial for Rita B. Keller, 59, will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Reverend Edward Degeyter and Reverend Howard Blessing as Con Celebrant.
Visitation will be at Martin & Castille's SOUTHSIDE location on Thursday from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on Friday from 8:00 AM until time of service.
A Rosary will be recited Thursday at 6:00 PM in Martin & Castille Funeral Home by Steve Buller.
Entombment will follow the services in the Garden Mausoleum at St. John's Cathedral Cemetery in Lafayette.
Rita died on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at her home after a 33 month battle with brain cancer. Her family was at her side during the last hours before her death. Rita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. Rita was born on October 15, 1954 in Ville Platte, Louisiana to Jerome and Leona Castille Buller. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech Pathology from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Rita enjoyed a 35 year speech pathology career most recently in the area of voice, head and neck cancer, and swallowing at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. She performed similar duties in the Division of Otolaryngolgy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Kirklin Clinic, Opelousas General Hospital, and area school systems.
Although Rita was very committed to her profession, her first love was caring for her husband and family, and making special memories for her children and grandchildren. She learned the importance of faith, family and friends from her grandparents, parents and siblings. She enjoyed many holiday celebrations and Sunday dinners in Ville Platte and hosted many at her home in Lafayette. Affectionately known as "Gran" to her children and grandchildren, Rita enjoyed the time she spent with her family on annual vacations to the gulf coast, trips to the North Carolina mountains, and San Francisco and Seattle excursions. Over the years, Rita was a member of Catholic Churches in the cities where she lived, most recently at Holy Cross Catholic Church. She was active in her daughter's schools, serving as a board member at Sacred Heart School, as well as PTC president and a member of numerous school committees. She also served as a board member of Healing House-Hope for Grieving Children in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Rita is survived by her husband Gary Keller, daughters Erin Boyne of Lafayette, Louisiana and Kym Keller of New York, New York; and a son, Greg Keller of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is also survived by grandchildren Andrew Keller and Caroline Keller. Mrs. Keller is survived by her parents, Jerome and Leona Buller of Ville Platte, and siblings Beth (Don) Fontenot, Steve (Becky) Buller, and Anne (Mark) Pitre and sister-in-law Janet Welsh. Rita is also survived by nieces and nephews Leigh Anne (Justin) Baker and her daughter Camille, Jeff (Hannadi) Fontenot, Anne Marie Fontenot, Catherine (Chance) Perkins, Alex Buller, Josh Pitre, Zach Pitre, Anne-Elyse Pitre, Ashley (Adam) Matherne and her sons, Cole and Aidan, and Brad Welsh. Rita was also survived by her daughter's father, Jim Boyne and his wife Jorita.
Mrs. Keller was predeceased by an infant daughter, Maria Buller Boyne, in-laws, Jim and Doris Keller, and grandparents Steve and Birdie Castille and Allen and Mamie Buller.
Jodi Bollich will sing "Prayer of St. Francis", "You Are Mine", "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman", "Amazing Grace", "Ave Maria" and "On Eagles' Wings". Lectors will be Yvette Lavergne, Juliet Granger, and Melissa Hardy. Giftbearers will be Rita's nieces, and grandchildren Andrew Keller and Caroline
Keller. Eucharistic ministers will be Leigh Anne Baker, Anne-Marie Fontenot, Zach Pitre, Anne Pitre, and Steve Buller.
Pallbearers will be Steve Buller, Greg Keller, Jeff Fontenot, Alex Buller, Josh Pitre, Zach Pitre, and Brad Welsh. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Fontenot and Mark Pitre.
Rita and her family would like to thank Dr. Gene Brierre, Eric Buller, P.A., Dr. Allan Appley, Mary Meaux, P.A., Dr. Julian Krawczyk, Dr. Leo deAlvare and their staffs for the excellent care extended to us. Thanks also is extended to the OLOL staff, nurses, and therapists for the attention given to us during our procedures and treatments. The family also wishes to thank Hospice of Acadiana for assistance in their time of need as well as our faithful sitter, "Ms. Clay".
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Rita's name to
. Some charities that could be considered are Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation, 4801 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508; Healing House, Hope for Grieving Children, 707 Lee Avenue, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501; Sacred Heart School Foundation, 532 East Main Street, Ville Platte, Louisiana 70586; and the
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Published in the Daily World & The Advertiser from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2014