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Memorial Visitation

Quernheim Funeral Home
Tuesday December 28th, 2021
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Memorial Visitation

St. Michael's Catholic Church (Paderborn)
Wednesday December 29th, 2021
9:00am - 9:45am

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Funeral Mass

St. Michael's Catholic Church (Paderborn)
Wednesday December 29th, 2021

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Richard F. Keefe

Richard F. "Rick" Keefe, 72, of Waterloo, IL, died December 23, 2021, in Waterloo, IL. He was born February 13, 1949, in East St. Louis, IL.

He is survived by his wife Esther Keefe (nee Biehl); children Timothy Lee (Debbie) Keefe and Megan Frances (Michael) Pastor; grandchildren Caroline and Owen Keefe and Fox Pastor; brothers Patrick Keefe, Michael (Judy) Keefe, and Robert Keefe; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Henry & Eda Mae (nee Klapp) Keefe; sister-in-law Jeanne Keefe; and nephew John Davis.

Rick passed away after a long battle with progressive supranuclear palsy. The terrible disease ravaged him physically, but it never touched his courage, faith, humor, dedication to his family or love for his wife, Esther. Rick was a teacher and coach at Waterloo High School for 35 years.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
VITAS Hospice
St. Michael's Catholic Church - Paderborn, IL
or KiMeCND.org (a charity dedicated to the research of this disease, PSP)

Memorial Visitation:
4 PM to 8 PM Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Quernheim Funeral Home
9 AM until time of service Wednesday at St. Michael's Church

Funeral Mass:
10 AM Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at St. Michael's Church in Paberborn, IL
Father Jim Voelker officiating

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Condolences to you and your family.

Joyce Jamison Jan 2 2022 1:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Keefe

Carla Harriel Dec 31 2021 5:12 PM

My condolences to Pat, Bob and the entire Keefe family. Thoughts and prayers of the Goodwin family are with you. John Goodwin

John Goodwin Dec 30 2021 12:04 AM

Always remember the Keefe family while growing up in West Belleville. I'm hopeful that your family will share similar memories.

Tom Carpenter Dec 28 2021 5:46 PM

Esther and famiily, Joyce and I send condolences to our old neighbors. We know Rick had a struggle with his disease, but now his is again free. We send prayers of comfort for you, Tim and Megan and their families

Clyde and Joyce Heller Dec 28 2021 5:43 PM

Esther and family, my deepest sympathies and prayers. I met Rick when playing for his brother at St. Henry. You are in my family's thoughts.

Dave Ochs Dec 28 2021 5:29 PM

So sorry for your loss Mr. Keefe was a great teacher I had him when he first came to Waterloo and he was always friendly when you would see him outside of school too. Sympathies for your whole family 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Debra Nobbe Dec 28 2021 5:28 PM

Esther and family, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I have know Rick since high school and played sports with him. He and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and he will be truly missed.

Gary Blome Dec 28 2021 5:07 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss Esther. May the memories carry you through these difficult times.

Terri Henson Dec 28 2021 4:23 PM

So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband Esther. Here is hope that he's at peace now, even though it's hard for those left behind.

Jill Skaer Halupa Dec 28 2021 11:26 AM

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