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Paul L. Keenan

Published On: Oct 27 2013 12:53:58 AM CDT

On Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, we lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Paul L. Keenan, age 85, passed away at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg with his family by his side.

He was born on July 21, 1928, in Fitchburg, the son of Nathan York and Mary Theresa (White) Keenan. Paul was united in marriage to Lois Y. Campbell on Feb. 17, 1951.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 until 1952 during the Korean War. Paul worked 33 years for the Wisconsin School for Girls/Oakhill Correctional Center as a craftsman painter. For 28 years, he held a second job at Wisconsin Power and Light.

After his retirement in 1989, he enjoyed traveling, especially his trip to Ireland, fishing with his grandsons, working in the yard and garden, baking, visiting with neighbors and friends, and most importantly, spending time with his family first. Paul was a lifetime member of the Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lois; son, Michael; daughter, Lisa Keenan; grandchildren, Nikolas (Jennifer) Keenan, Bradley, Erica, and Mark Keenan; great-granddaughters, Olivia and Charlotte Keenan; daughter-in-law, Nancy Keenan; brother, Robert (Janet) Keenan; sister, Helen Senger; and nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Steven and Kevin; grandson, Jeremy Keenan; and sisters, Dorothy Keenan, Louis Stankevich, and Geraldine Grotts.

Funeral services will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, with Father Gary Wankerl presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made in Paul’s name to Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank Dr. Orest Kostelyna, Dr. Jeremy Cetnar, and Dr. Kim Kinsley; nurses, Shannon, Robin, Nicole; and all of the Agrace HospiceCare staff for the compassionate care they provided.

Paul will be forever missed and never forgotten. He leaves with his family a lifetime of wonderful memories. We will love you always.

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