TERESA Ann (St. Croix) KELLER
{ "" }
Share
Share TERESA's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
TERESA ANN ST. CROIX KELLER

LAKELAND - Teresa Ann St. Croix Keller, 65, of Lakeland passed peacefully on Friday evening June 26 in Newnan, GA, located near the Cancer Treatment Center of America facility. In her final weeks, the complications due to metastatic breast cancer were insurmountable despite her strong-willed, 39 months battle. She was surrounded by immediate family as she returned to her eternal home.
During the 1980s, if your family was a part of any South Lakeland programs at Lakeland Highlands Youth Soccer, Medulla Youth Baseball at Christina Park, Lakeland Family YMCA, Scott Lake Elementary, or any South Lakeland Women's Bowling Leagues, you probably celebrated a milestone having consumed a slice of one of Teresa's beautifully decorated homemade cakes. If it didn't come from Publix (you might remember the 'Food World Publix') it was probably one of Teresa's cakes.
She was born in Sumter, South Carolina at Shaw Air Force Base in 1954. She was the daughter of James Anthony St. Croix who retired from both the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, and from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Her mother, Mabel Caroline Summer St. Croix, was a Realtor in Brevard County. She grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany, Alexandria, Virginia, and Cocoa Beach, Florida graduating from Rockledge High School in 1972.
Teresa married her high school sweetheart, Kevin Keller, in 1972 and they remained happily together for more than 48 years. They modeled an everlasting and unconditional love as they raised four children in Lakeland, Florida. She had a love for traveling with her family and experiencing different local culinary cuisines as well as artists from Europe, the Caribbean and regions throughout the United States. She and her husband were cruise enthusiasts who experienced 50 voyages throughout Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Baltic Sea.
Primarily a stay-at-home mom during her children's formative years, she also enjoyed working with adults and children with disabilities, bowling, cake decorating, teaching swim lessons at the Lakeland YMCA as well as volunteering there as a synchronized swim coach, swimming as a masters synchro athlete, cruises with family, discovering unique jewelry at local art shows, and reading on the beach with her best friend, Jill Horak.
Selflessly postponing her formal higher education to raise a family, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Her 'second career' was spent with the Polk County School Board as a teacher with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Prior to her career with the PCSB, she was the Director of Training for the Wheelhouse- placing adults with special needs into jobs and housing.
Teresa's time spent giving and serving others and God involved hours with Special Olympics, SPCA, A Woman's Choice-Pro Life Pregnancy Clinic, First Assembly of God Church, and her children's many sports teams.
Teresa Ann St. Croix Keller is survived by: husband: Kevin Keller, children: Eric Keller, Shawn Keller (Marty Krytus) Cheyenne Geremia (Beau), and Jamie Rogers, grandchildren: Rachel Davis-Keller, Logan Rogers, Jordan Geremia and Martin Keller, siblings: James St. Croix II and Charlene St. Croix.
If Teresa has ever touched your heart and you feel inclined to do something in her memory, please pay it forward with an act of kindness to someone in your neighborhood or community. She would have liked any monetary donations in her memory to be made to a non-profit that assists those with physical and/or mental disabilities, the SPCA, or A Woman's Choice, Pro-Life Ministry located at 1234 East Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33801 Phone (863) 683-2341. This ministry was particularly important to Teresa. She joyfully served and volunteered during 2018-2019 after her retirement from teaching. https://give.specialolympics.org ,
https://sunrisegroup.org/donate ,
https://secure.aspca.org/donate/memorial

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Ledger from Jul. 1 to Jul. 2, 2020.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by TheLedger.com
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
42 entries
July 26, 2020
I know that words are inadequate at a time like you know how very sorry I am for your loss. It is times like this that our faith is put to the test. Give thanks for the most amazing life you had together. The memories will never be gone and always in all your hearts to hold and cherish. Jal you were very blessed to have found your Angel in life and forever. That is the one you call wife. May God Bless You and Your Family. Faithfully Yours, Thea
Thea Paulson
Family
July 26, 2020
My heart aches for you and your family during this time. Your wife was such an amazing person and she truly be missed. The one true love from which all love springs. The joy of children that we call our own. I am so grateful for that one woman I found that I chose to be my wife. Lucky is the man who finds that special woman. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all. In Faith & Sympathy, Uncle Bobby
Robert Paulson
Family
July 7, 2020
I was so blessed to get to know Teresa while she volunteered at A Woman's Choice as we served together on Mondays. I did not realize that we had both graduated Rockledge High, just 5 years apart ('77). Pretty amazing considering how small Rockledge is! She was a godly woman who imparted nuggets of wisdom and compassion to clients and other volunteers, alike. We miss her and pray for Jamie and family to be covered in God's comfort and peace.
Jennifer Vermillera
Friend
July 3, 2020
My heartfelt condolences and love to to Kevin and the rest of the family. Teresa was a beautiful light on her family and friends life and I was blessed to know her. My heart is with the family and my.prayers for strength to get you all through this difficult time!!
Diana A Pocchio
Friend
July 2, 2020
We're so heartbroken to hear about your loss, Keller family. We are definitely blessed to have known Teresa (and your family) for all these years.
Thank you, Shawn for posting the beautiful pictures/memories! May the Holy Spirit fill you with comfort and peace as you navigate this loss.
Mike & Lynn Geohagan
Friend
July 2, 2020
Thank you for being my forever sister-friend, Teresa Keller. You earned your wings tonight, and I just know that you are in heaven praising His name. Your trials, are now over. I will miss you more than I can imagine, but I know you are safe from suffering.. I was privileged to know and love you and your family for so many years. My life wouldnt have been the same without you in it. My heart is heavy tonight. I love you!
Jill Horak
Friend
July 2, 2020
Thank you for being my forever sister-friend, Teresa Keller. You earned your wings tonight, and I just know that you are in heaven praising His name. Your trials, are now over. I will miss you more than I can imagine, but I know you are safe from suffering.. I was privileged to know and love you and your family for so many years. My life wouldnt have been the same without you in it. My heart is heavy tonight. I love you!
Jill Horak
Friend
July 2, 2020
She was an amazing woman. I was so blessed to have her in my life and she helped raise my two children. Having her in our community made our world a much better place. She and Kevin raised four beautiful children and my heart goes out to them. I'm very sad that she is no longer with us but do rejoice in that she is no longer in pain. May God's Peace be with her family and Lisa(who was like family).
Stevie BUCK
Friend
July 1, 2020
Here we were back at a Rockledge High School football game in 2017. I'm so grateful for our time together.
Janice Jackson Villarrubia
Friend
July 1, 2020
Teresa was my bestie, my partner in crime and most of all, a lifetime friend and inspiration.
Janice Jackson Villarrubia
Friend
July 1, 2020
My sister was amazing at everything she did and the last few years proves that she always thought of others even though she was going through the fight of her life....if you need to see proof of what Teresa was made of just look at her daughters and son amazing in their own right. My love and hugs to you all
Charlene St Croix
Sister
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
SHAWN Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
July 1, 2020
Shawn Keller
Daughter
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences