William "Al" Keefe
Albert William "Al" Keefe, 80, Appleton, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Appleton Medical Center with his family at his side. He battled dementia for the past three and a half years and was good ole Al for most of that time. He was born July 14, 1930, to the late Alfonsis (Al) and Ethel Keefe in Boston, Mass.
Dad was a
proud Irishman growing up in the hard streets of Needham, Mass. While
in high school, he excelled in hockey, football and baseball, graduating
in 1948. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and sent to Appleton
to play for the farm club, The Appleton Papermakers, where he met his
future wife, Mary Rose Kohl. Dad was also drafted by the Boston Bruins
and played for their farm club in Augusta, Maine in the off-season. He
had lots of scholarship offers including Notre Dame, Purdue and Boston
College to name a few. He chose to play baseball and after one year in
Appleton he went to Pittsburgh, Kansas to play for the A team of the Phillies
minor league. In 1950 he was called to play for the Phillies but was drafted
into the Korean War a few months later. He served in the United States
Air Force through 1953. While in service, he played baseball and golf.
Upon returning home, he failed his physical due to shoulder injuries.
Unfortunately his baseball career came to an end.
The family would like to thank Biff for taking Dad for rides and spending time with him. Also to all the nurses and staff at Crestwood Senior Living and Care Partners; and to the Dr's and nurses at Appleton Medical Center.
Al is survived by his daughter, Kelly (Paul Stiltjes) Keefe; a son, Kevin (Julie) Keefe; grandchildren, Makayla and Brady Keefe; sisters-in-law, Rita Froelich, Carol Mauthe, Betty Kohl and Evelyn Kohl; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Virginia) Kohl; an "adoptive" son, Jason Reimer and his family; special friends and neighbors from Clark St. and Julie's parents and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary, and a brother Edward.
A Funeral Mass for Albert will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at St. Pius X Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Farrell officiating. Friends may visit the family on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and again Wednesday morning at church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Dad, I am going to miss all of our visits and the good times we had together. I will always remember Minocqua because of you and Mom. I will miss you and Love you forever. Kelly
Dad, I will miss jour sports conversations and drives in the car, your stories of past times and fun. We had some great times over the years. All us neighbor kids on Clark St. have you to thank for throwing us all those passes over the years. Have a soft landing. Love, Kevin
Al, you were a wonderful father-in-law. I could not have asked for a better one. I will miss you so much. Julie
Grandpa, I love you so much. My heart is breaking today and will forever. I will remember our good times, watching Packers games, going to Door County, going out for dinner and so much more. Lambeau is going to miss you lots, too. I am happy you are with Grandma now. I know you had to leave because God needed another Angel. You'll always be with us; when we laugh, think about you and when we think about people we love. You'll always be in my heart. I love you, Makayla
Granpio, that's what I always called you! My favorite thing to do with you was hugging and loving you. I am going to miss you so much because you're the best grandpa anyone could ever have.
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