December 25, 1921 - November 19, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Lucille J. Keller, age 93, of Paynesville. Lucille passed away November 19 at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Anthony Parish Cemetery in Regal.

Relatives and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, November 23 and after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, both at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

Lucille Josephine Keller was born December 25, 1921 in Fairmount, North Dakota to Albert and Josephine (Becker) Lehmann. She attended country school in LeMars, ND. She did housework for many families in the area.

In the spring of 1941, Lucille met the love of her life Norbert Keller. They were married on October 1, 1941 and enjoyed 49 wonderful years together. They farmed in the Tintah-Wendell area until 1964 when they moved to rural Belgrade to manage a turkey farm. She helped her husband on the turkey farm until 1974 when she went to work at Jennie-O Foods of Willmar. In 1979, they moved to Hawick. In 1997, Lucille moved to Sunrise Apartments in St. Martin where she lived until 2005. She moved to the Washburne Court in Paynesville and remained there until 2015 when she moved to Koronis Manor.

Lucille was a hardworking woman. She was gifted with beautiful hands that made spectacular crochet pieces and put together many items with her sewing machine. She was a wonderful cook. She loved her siblings and family deeply, was a loyal friend and a great story teller. She loved playing Bingo, card games and board games. She was a devout believer in God and praying the rosary.

Lucille was super proud when she became a grandma, great grandma and finally a great great grandma. She was a very special lady with the sweetest of smiles.

Lucille is survived by her sons Kenneth (Louisa) Keller of Paynesville, Allen (Marlene) Keller of Coon Rapids, and Gordon (Wendy) Keller of Willmar, daughters Kathleen (Roger) Bagley of Paynesville and Darlene (Dennis) Stewart of Hawick; daughter-in-law Betty Keller; 16 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; 1 step great great grandson; and brother Roger (Verna) Lehmann of Bemidji.

Lucille is preceded in death by her parents, husband Norbert (1991), son Duane (2000), great grandson Ryan Keller (1982), brothers Edward, George, and Lester Lehmann and sisters Margaret Hilke and Donna Watry.