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Margaret Bartels Keeler

June 12, 1946 - September 28, 2021

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Margaret “Peg” June Keeler of Moosic, formerly of Scranton, passed away Tuesday at home after an illness. She was the widow of Joseph James Keeler Jr. who died December 16, 2000. They were married for over 29 years.
Born June 12, 1946, in Scranton, Peg was the daughter of the late Robert and Margaret Ferguson Bartels. She graduated from West Scranton High School and the Scranton State General Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years starting in emergency medicine and finishing her career in geriatric and palliative care medicine. She was a passionate advocate and caregiver for her patients and a beloved friend to her co-workers. She was actively involved in organizations that benefited children and young adults including serving as a den leader for the Boy Scouts and serving many roles within the Greater Scranton YMCA Swim Club and the Keystone State Games.
She loved animals and enjoyed watching animal-themed television especially “The Incredible Dr Pol” and she never missed a “Puppy Bowl”. At every opportunity, she spoiled her grand fur-babies with treats and toys. She had many wonderful pets over the years but was proceeded in death by her favorite and closest companion a Pomeranian Chihuahua named Frenchie, who she often described as her favorite child.
Peg was an avid reader and believed there was no faster, firmer friendship than that formed between those who loved the same books. She also cherished outings with her nephew Hank Jones and his wife Maureen and would sit for hours at Panera Bread sharing stories over a bowl of soup. Above all Peg was a devoted mother who dedicated her life to her family. She worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for her children to ensure their happiness and success. She was most proud to have three beautiful grandsons, who lovingly called her Bobalou, and of which she would boast about to anyone she met.
She is survived by her five children and three grandchildren; Sean and wife, Brianna; Shamus and wife, Julie; and their son Quillan; Shannon and Dave; and their sons Anthony and Ayden; Shandra; and Shana and partner, Maria. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was also proceeded in death by her sisters Clare Jones and Barbara Zymblosky, and her brothers Robert and William Bartels.
A Blessing Service is scheduled for Saturday at 9:00 AM in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc. located at 517 North Main Street Old Forge, to be celebrated by Rev. Thomas Muldowney. Burial will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery in West Scranton.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday from 8:00 AM until services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Peg’s name to Compassionate Care Hospice c/o 1444 E Lackawanna Ave Suite 218, Olyphant, PA 18447.