Carole Jean Keating
April 23, 1940 – February 1, 2021
Carole Jean Keating, age 80, passed away peacefully at home on February 1, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones, caregiver, and friend. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 23, 1940.
After graduating from Mercy High School in 1958, she married her best friend and lifelong partner, Gerald “Jerry” Keating, in 1960. They were married for 53 years and had four children.
During her twenty-six-year career at Immanuel Medical Center, she made many lifelong friends. Carole had an uncanny ability to balance work, care for her family, and her hobbies: Ceramics, oil painting, stained glass, and playing the organ to just name a few, but perhaps her favorite was Creative Memories scrapbooking. She made each of her grandchildren several scrapbooks chronicling their childhood years, creating each page lovingly and meticulously.
Carole enjoyed spending time with her family, all of whom loved her witty sense of humor. She traveled to Texas several times a year to be with her children and grandchildren whom she adored. She liked attending Mass on Saturday evenings followed by dinner out, watching movies, attending Broadway Musicals at the Orpheum, and cooking. Her favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. For years she got up at 3:00 a.m. the night before to begin preparing the turkey and the fixings so it was all done and the kitchen cleaned prior to guests arriving; so she could enjoy the entire holiday with her family.
Carole’s devotion to her family was unparalleled. Her selflessness and her caring nature were evident daily. She would tackle adversity one day at a time leaning on her Faith as a guide, her sense of humor to calm others and courage to carry her forward. When Jerry fell ill later in his life, she made sure he was comfortable at home where she could dote on him. Dan, her eldest son, shared her birthday and his special needs were always at the forefront of her selflessness. She surely leaves a legacy of love and resilience.
Those left to cherish her memories are her children: Dan Keating of Omaha, NE, Teri Zuck (David) of Southlake, Texas, Tom Keating of Double Oak, Texas, Kellie Keating of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren: Courtney Fay, Alexa Zuck, Jackson Zuck, and Sedona Stubbs; sisters-in-law: Ruth Keating, Kay Vacanti; and nieces and nephews. Special thank you to her caregivers Josie Estes and her daughter, Priscilla. Carole was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Corrine Vacanti; husband, Jerry; brother, Charlie; brothers-in-law, Leo Keating and Tom Keating.
VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Saturday, May 1st at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Parish, 11802 Pacific Street followed by MASS OF THE CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Carole J. Keating Trust of 2012 to help care for her beloved son, Dan.
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