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Catherine C. Keenan

February 15, 1930 — March 1, 2021

Catherine C. Keenan

Catherine C. Keenan

February 15, 1930- March 1, 2021

Catherine Cecelia Keenan (Kitty)

Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother resided in Merrill, Michigan the majority of her life. She was the daughter of the late William P. and Katherine (Schrems) Hart. She grew up on Hart Farm located in James Township on Hart Rd. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul High School in 1948 and married Francis W. Keenan on July 5, 1954 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Saginaw. They celebrated 61 years of marriage when her beloved Frank passed away on February 17, 2016 at age 92.

Known affectionately as Kitty, Truly, a gifted homemaker, she baked, cooked, sewed and gardened for her family and friends. Her made from scratch dinner rolls and peppermint pie will never be replicated. Kitty also spent 10 years working at Dow Corning Semiconductor in Hemlock. Upon retirement the traveling adventures began. She and Frank were able to travel to England, Ireland, and Italy, including the Vatican during their retirement. She was active at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, their Alter Society and Choir. She and Frank were fabulous on the dance floor and were members of Washington Club in Saginaw, Michigan. At the time of her death, Kitty was residing at “Victoria's House” for progressive Alzheimer’s residents in Flushing, MI. Prior to Victoria’s house she spent time at The Oaks of Woodfield Memory care unit in Grand Blanc, MI. both close to where her son Patrick and daughter in law Missy lived. Both who were able to visit her often.

Family was everything. She loved her children, grandchildren and many hours were spent attending their school functions and sporting events, including swim meets. She had a strong work ethic, devout Catholic and was very patriotic.

Catherine is survived by her sons: Kelly G., Patrick F. (Missy) and Joseph G. (Sarah) Keenan and son-in-law William Yauch (Mary Keenan). Her grandchildren include John William Patrick (Coty), Christopher (Sarah), Kathleen (David), (Pat & Missy), Mary Catherine, and Cammie Jo (Joseph & Sarah). Great Grandchildren include John (Jack) Patrick, Channon Patrick, River Owen, Brooke Alexandria and Quinn Amelia. Many nieces and nephews too numerous to name. Sadly, she is preceded in death by her children: John (1958), Kimberly Sue (1960), Thomas (1963), Mary Catherine (Keenan) Yauch (2013) and grandchildren Kelleen Rose (1980) {Pat & Missy}, Jordon Keenan Yauch (2000) {Mary & Bill}, Ayden Joseph Keenan (2016). (Joe)

Catherine was the second youngest of 11 children and the last to leave this world. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Thomas (Ernestine), Maurice (Sarah), Timothy (Eleanor), William (Marjory), Luke (Joyce), Francis (Margaret), Bernard (Mary Ruth), Michael Leo (Alice-living) and her sisters Lucille (William) Mattes, Mary (Carl) Doerr.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 25 at Cases in Merrill from 4-8pm. Masks required and only 25 visitors allowed in building at once. The Memorial Mass will take place Friday, March 26 at 11:00am at St. John XXIII (Sacred Heart Church) in Merrill Mi. Church doors will open at 10:00am for visitation. Covid distance and mask rules will be followed. Interment of her ashes will be at St. John XXIII in Merrill. Memorial contributions in place of flowers are welcomed. Contributions may be made to St. John XXIII Catholic Church and the Alzheimer’s Society.
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Visitation

Thursday, March 25, 2021

4:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

W.L. Case & Company Funeral Directors - Merrill

125 E. Saginaw St., Merrill, MI 48637

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Visitation

Friday, March 26, 2021

10:00 - 11:00am (Eastern time)

St. John XXIII- Sacred Heart Church

419 S. Midland Rd., Merrill, MI 48637

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Memorial Mass

Friday, March 26, 2021

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

St. John XXIII- Sacred Heart Church

419 S. Midland Rd., Merrill, MI 48637

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