Lorraine Emily (Bahr) Keil, age 88, of La Crosse, WI, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. She was born on February 16, 1929 in La Crosse, to Frank and Elizabeth (Schmitz) Bahr. On June 28, 1950, she married Franklin Keil at St. Joseph Parish in St. Joseph Ridge. Lorraine was a member of Mary Mother of the Church Catholic Parish, La Crosse.
She worked at W.T. Grant Co., J.C. Penney, and many years at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in Transportation. Lorraine was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court #395, and delivered Meals on Wheels from Carroll Heights to assist families.
Lorraine is survived by 4 sons, Steve (Barbara) Keil, of Green Bay, WI., Jim (Ruth McQuiston) Keil, of La Crosse, Rick (Lori) Keil, of Madison, WI., Tom (Patty) La Crescent, MN; 2 daughters, Mary Keil and Kathy (Mark) Olson of La Crosse, WI. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Beth, Nick, Damien, Greg, Nathan, Caitlyn, Ashley, Kristi, Jordan, Jared, Josh, Cora and Jack; 5 great-grandchildren; and one sister Betty (Janice) Bahr.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dorothy Pierce.
In lieu of flowers the family would encourage memorials to Mary Mother of the Church Catholic Parish or the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe-La Crosse, or Catholic Charities.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Mary Mother of the Church Parish, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse, WI. Rev. Brian D. Konopa will officiate with entombment to be held in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7:00 PM, Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Homes, 1501 West Ave. South, La Crosse, and from 9:30 AM until the time of mass at church on Monday.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.