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Susan Bonnell Keefer

May 6, 1939 August 15, 2019
Susan  Bonnell Keefer
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Susan B. Keefer
Of Arlington Heights

Susan B. Keefer was born on May 6, 1939 in Evanston, beloved daughter to Helen (nee Perry) Owens, granddaughter to Carleton and Margaret Perry, and little sister to David and Perry Owens. She died Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Arlington Heights.

Susan loved life and loved sharing life with others. While those who knew her felt blessed to share her time and joy, Susan felt strongly that she was the one who was truly blessed by these relationships. Her overflowing love of life was grounded in her faith, her family, her friends, and particularly her grandchildren. But Susan’s calling was teaching. She was a beloved second grade teacher at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic School in Arlington Heights for almost 29 years, and continued to teach religious education after her retirement. Her personality, energy, and joy for life shone brightly, reaching over 1000 children through the years. Her family was always amazed at the number of adults that would stop us and tell us “your mother was my favorite teacher”. And this often happened with people we met in our new hometowns, at our kids’ schools, and even in Disney World! In addition to a full career teaching, Sue was one of the “faces” of Northwest Community Hospital, working for more than 20 years at the front desk and coordinating the volunteers. Over the last year of her life, so many of her NCH friends and colleagues were able to return some of that love our mom had shared while she was a patient at the hospital.

Susan is survived by her husband of 57 years, Thomas; children, Donald (Laura) Keefer, Kristin Keefer, and Stephen (Marianne) Keefer; grandchildren, Ryan, Jenna, Hannah and Colin; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and brothers.

Visitation Monday, August 19, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 North Arlington Heights Road (4 blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Prayers 10:15 am, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the funeral home, proceeding to Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, 440 S. Mitchell, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 for a 11:00 am Funeral Mass. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made in memory of Sue Keefer, to the Gloria Rebek Scholarship Fund, at Our Lady of the Wayside School (<http://www.olwschool.org/support-olw/donate-now/>), or to the American Cancer Society. Funeral Information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFuneralHome.com or (847) 253-0168.


Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

19

Aug

3:00 PM 8/19/2019 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/19/2019 8:00:00 PM
Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.

1520 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.
1520 North Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights 60004 IL
United States

Prayers

Tuesday

20

Aug

10:15 AM 8/20/2019 10:15:00 AM
Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.

1520 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.
1520 North Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights 60004 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Tuesday

20

Aug

11:00 AM 8/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church

440 S. Mitchell
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church
440 S. Mitchell Arlington Heights 60005 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Gloria Rebek Scholarship Fund at Our Lady of the Wayside School

432 S. Mitchell
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
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