Camille Kiegel

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Kiegel, Camille

Camille Ann Kiegel, 89, died Thursday, December 1, 2016 following a brief stay at Hospice House North in Spokane, WA. Her life will be honored with a mass and memorial gathering officiated by Fr. Richard Rohr on Saturday, February 18th at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Church at 562 Atrisco Drive, SW. A luncheon reception will follow the service.

Camille will be remembered for her energy, her intelligence and her involvement with people and causes that mattered to her deeply. She was a lifelong learner and remained curious about the world around her, exploring new activities until shortly before her death. Always an active volunteer, she was particularly attracted to issues of social justice, participating in the civil rights movement in the 1960's and ending the journey decades later as a joyful member of the Raging Grannies, an international group of grandmothers promoting peace, justice and economic equality through song & humor.

Camille was born on August 12, 1927 in New York City, and raised in Rockford, Illinois. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in 1948 and married the enduring love of her life, Joseph H. Kiegel in Rockford, Illinois on October 14, 1950. In addition to raising her children Camille earned a Master of Arts in Library Science at Northern Illinois University in 1975 and relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she began a career in the Albuquerque Public Library system as a librarian, retiring in 1989. In addition to her career, she was a long time volunteer with various local organizations.

Camille and Joe also enjoyed backpacking, cross-country skiing and traveled extensively both abroad and in this country. Following her husband's death on June 20, 1998, Camille remained active in the community until 2015, when she relocated to Spokane, Washington.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 12, 2017
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