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Maelene Keil

Maelene Keil

Maelene Viola (Schoepp) Keil, 85, of New Athens, IL, born June 7, 1928 in New Athens, IL died Monday, October 14, 2013 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Keil was a homemaker, a member of St. John United Church Of Christ and a Charter Member of their Women’s Guild in New Athens, IL. She was an avid card player and especially enjoyed her bridge club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin J. Keil, whom she married on April 10, 1948 in New Athens, IL and who died on March 26, 1989, her parents Elmer and Olinda (Nadler) Schoepp, 1 daughter, Lynette Kosarek, and her brother, Ardell Schoepp.

Surviving her are her son, Larry (Diane) Keil of Taylorville, IL and daughter Lana Keil of New Athens, IL. Her grandchildren Jason (Raquel) Keil; Michelle (Mike) Covey; Denise (Jason) Tex; Andy (Amy) Kreher; Allison (Ervin Robinson) Kreher. Her great grandchildren, Malia Keil; Melvin Keil; Kyle Tex; Jackson Tex; Brooke Covey; Brandt Covey; Sophie Kreher; Ryan Kreher; Madison Kreher; Lexi Kreher. Her sister-in-law Norma “Nonnie” Schoepp-Cotton and son-in-law James Kosarek and nieces and nephews.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Memorials may be made to International Rett Syndrome Foundation.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and at St. John United Church of Christ on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:00am with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements

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  1. Administrator says:

    My sympathy to the entire Keil family. I grew up on the best block in town. If I wasn’t at Keil’s, then I was probably at Hein’s or Schmierbach’s, or running up and down the alley between them all. I’ll always remember playing in the playhouse or basement at Keil’s and staying for dinner lots of times too. I guess Mae wondered sometimes if I ever spent time at home! She was such a beautiful person and I can still

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    Posted by: Jeanne (Hacker) Jansen – neighbor Oct 15, 2013

  2. Administrator says:

    My sympathy and love to Mae’s family and they lose someone very special and I lose a special friend and neighbor. We had many good shopping/lunch times in the time of life when we had the time and good friends to get together easier. Loved going to Red Lobster and all the other good food places together. And our Fri. nite trips as a group to eat out. She even let me play cards a few times, and I am

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    Posted by: Dorothy Hacker – New Athens, IL – friend and neighbot Oct 15, 2013

  3. Administrator says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Keil family. Mae was very special neighbor and friend. I will always remember how kind she was to everyone. Our families were neighbors first in Lenzburg in the 50″s and then in New Athens again. We had some great vacations together and have some wonderful memories.
    The Keil family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love Judy Hopfinger

    Posted by: JUDY HOPFINGER – New Athens, IL – neighbor and special friend Oct 16, 2013

  4. Administrator says:

    I am broken hearted at the loss of my grandma. Not only am I losing a grandma, but also a very close friend. My grandma meant the world to me. When I was growing up, she was like a second mother with her love and emotional support. I will never forget her kindness and generosity. She always would willingly offer to help anyone through a tough time. I can not thank her enough for the influence she has on my

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    Posted by: Jason, Raquel, Malia and Melvin Keil – Las Vegas, NV – grandmother, great-grandmother Oct 16, 2013

  5. Administrator says:

    We love you Aunt Mae and know that you finished your race well. You kept the faith, and lived your faith. I am now enjoying something you enjoyed for many years – bridge! I fondly remember many times in your home and with you sharing holidays and birthdays.

    God bless, strengthen and comfort all of our Keil, Rausch and Nadler relatives.

    All of our love and prayers are with you all. Donna and Randy

    Posted by: Donna Rausch-Wilshusen – Omaha, NE – niece Oct 16, 2013

  6. Administrator says:

    Condolences and love to Mae’s Family. What a wonderful person Mae, who epitomized kindness and generosity. I have lost a loving cousin and Donna lost her jigsaw puzzle buddy but her smile lives on with all of us. God Bless

    Alan and Donna Keil

    Posted by: Alan Keil – Venice, FL – cousin Oct 16, 2013

  7. Administrator says:

    When ever we would go and visit Mae she always made you feel very welcomed. Her kind words and sincere thoughts always made us happy. Mae’s was always a necessary stop when we went to New Athens. She is at peace now and no longer has to suffer. Thank you Mae for all your kindness and love.

    Pat, Anne,Diane and Bob and their families.

    Posted by: Pat Lancaster – Chicago, IL – Cousin Oct 16, 2013

  8. Administrator says:

    My condolences to the family at the loss of Mae. She was a very special lady who was always very welcoming when visiting her. My kids grew up calling her grandma Mae and always feeling special in her presence. She was so good to my husband Michael growing up with Jason. Nothing but great memories! I wish her much love and comfort as she has returned home for eternal peace. Glad that she can rest pain free while watching over her loved ones.


    Posted by: Michael, Jennifer (ashlyn, Megan and Jaxon) Smith – Wentzville, MO – Friend Oct 17, 2013

  9. Administrator says:

    Truly one of the most compassionate people I have ever met in my life. She was very influential and very proud of her family. I spent countless times at her house where she welcomed me as if I was one of her very own. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Mae touched many people’s lives and always had a smile that warmed the room. Her grandson- Jason and I were the best of friends. I only heard

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    Posted by: Michael Smith – MO Oct 17, 2013

  10. Administrator says:

    Just heard about Mae’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing her when she would come out to Las Vegas. Her love for her family was so evident and she was always so kind and loving. She is at rest now. Our sincere condolences.

    Posted by: Bob and Sue Folle – Wentzville, MO – Friends of Jason Keil Oct 18, 2013

  11. Administrator says:

    Dear family,
    Will always remember Mae, was the sweetest person to us all. And after we were grown she was so good Mom. Neighbors like that don’t exist anymore. So glad we got to know her and all the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May “special memories” comfort you.

    Posted by: June (Burk) Behnken – Sharpsburg, GA – neighbor growing up Oct 19, 2013

  12. Administrator says:

    Our sincere condolences during this time of sorrow. May your memories soothe your aching hearts.
    Lynne and Lori

    Posted by: Lynne and Lori Schneider Oct 20, 2013

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