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Frank J. Keller, 74 was born on March 19, 1942, Feast of St. Joseph he died on September 29, 2016, Feast of St. Michael.

He married Janet K. Blaeser on July 21, 1972. He worked for the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for approximately 30 years. He was a volunteer with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. In 2005 received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Dedication to the natural resource management program. He loved nature and had hundreds of the Latin names of wild flowers and trees committed to memory. He also loved astronomy and the study of stars and planets.

Frank practiced his Catholic Faith all of his life. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Parish and served on their Social Justice and Peace Committee. He and his wife worked with the "Bucket Bonanza" to help people in need, and they worked with Pads, and effort to help the homeless of DuPage County.

He was the devoted husband of 44 years to Janet K. (nee Blaeser). Loving brother of Camille (Ralph) Gromala. Dear uncle of Joseph, Steven, Donna (Barry) McGreer and Donald (Meredith) Gromala and great-uncle of Brianna, Joscelyn and Connor McGreer and Josephine Gromala. Fond brother-in-law of Fr. Donald Blaeser, O.F.M. Dear son of Frank & Mary (Nykiel) Keller (both deceased).

Visitation at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 4-8 pm. Funeral Service from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 10:45 am to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Lisle for Mass at 11:15 am. In lieu of flowers Masses or donations to the People's Resource Center, 201 S Naperville Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187. For information call the Funeral Home at (630) 964-9392.

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I was ordained in 1968 and was assigned to Resurrection Parish in Chicago. In 1972 I had a change of vocation and married my wife, Janet. We will be celebrating our 40th  anniversary on July 21st. We have been living in Lisle for 17 years after having lived in Mt. Prospect and Bensenville.

I was employed for 27 years in the Chicago office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the beginning I held investigating positions and concluded my employment by holding the office IT position. I retired 10 years ago and I thank the Lord every day for this gift.

 I have been a Volunteer Steward for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County since 1989. With my retirement I have been able to spend much more time in what I call “being at play in the field of the Lord”.  I have been working at restoring Fischer Woods – a 150 acre preserve in Bensenville.  Since my retirement, I have been working on a wide variety of projects throughout the county.

Jan and I both participate in the parish Social Justice & Peace Ministry.

Jan is a highly talented quilter and the walls of our townhouse are decorated with her art.

She also devotes time to the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton where she uses skills accumulated in 38 years of teaching to assist people attempting to acquire computer skills to find employment.

Yes, it is a wonderful life.