Carol R. (Niese) Keefe

Carol R. (Niese) Keefe, 62, of Tiffin, died at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Mercy Tiffin Hospital emergency room.

Carol was born May 7, 1950, to Aloysius and Alma (Warnecke) Niese. She married John J. Keefe July 6, 1974, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove, and he survives in Tiffin.

Other survivors include a son, Matthew (Rae) Keefe of Delaware; two daughters, Angela Fiore of Columbus and Michelle (Chad) Collins of Tiffin; two grandchildren, Emma and Luke Collins; one brother, Paul (Midge) Niese of Columbus Grove; and two sisters, Barb Decker of Elida and Pauline DeVita of Columbus Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Mary Niese.

Carol graduated from Lima Bath High School in 1968 and from Mary Manse College in 1972. She taught at St. Gerard’s Catholic School, Lima, for two years, then at Calvert Catholic Schools for 31 years.

Carol was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, where she was a lector and communion distributor. She also was a CCD teacher for many years.

Her loves were God, family, friends and teaching. Her grandchildren were the highlight of her life. She also enjoyed reading, trips to the family farm and being surrounded by her family.

Carol will be greatly missed by those who love her.

Family and friends may visit 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-3113.

A wake service will be at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the funeral home, followed by Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin. The Revs. Gary Walters and Frank Murd will be officiating.

Burial will be immediately following at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Catholic Schools or to St. Mary Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

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