Carl J. Keenan, 84, of Waymart, died Monday at home following an illness. His wife is the former Kathryn "Kitty" Reifler. They would have been married 65 years on July 31.
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Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he was the son of the late Harry Keenan and Pauline Hydock Van der Loo, and had resided in Waymart for 61 years. A graduate of Honesdale High School, he also earned various college credits in business, psychology and law. A carpenter by trade, he was a foreman at S.J. Bailey & Sons in Honesdale for 28 years, and proprietor of Elk Forest Resort for 53 years.
Carl loved the outdoors and had a great appreciation for wildlife and nature. A loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was most happy spending time with family enjoying the simple pleasures of life. He possessed a great sense of humor and loved music, kayaking on the lake and the companionship of his special friend, Wrinkles.
He is also survived by a son, Richard C. Keenan, Waymart; three daughters, Linda S. Davis and husband, Dann, Waymart; Paula E. Williams and husband, Charlie, Massapequa Park, Long Island, N.Y.; and Carol K. Zawislak, Waymart; seven grandchildren, Chaz Zawislak, Brittany, Emily and Charlie Williams; Keith, Bradley and Gregg Davis; and a great-granddaughter, Katrina Davis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Mary's Church, Waymart, with Mass celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Sitko, pastor. Everyone attending is asked to go directly to the church. Interment will be held privately at Canaan Corners Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jenkins Funeral Home, 269 Belmont St., Waymart.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Wildlife and Conservation Department of the PA Game Commission, 3917 Memorial Highway, Dallas PA 18612 or to Sacred Heart Hospice, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Jenkins Funeral Home
269 Belmont Street
Waymart, PA 18472
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 2, 2013