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Ida Keller Koeneke

Mar 6, 2013 - Staff

Ida Keller Koeneke, formerly of Riverton, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. She was 100 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and internment will be in the summer at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.

Ida Keller was born June 18, 1912, in Mason City, Neb., the daughter of Henry and Dora Keller.

She graduated from Mason City High School and married her business teacher, Alfred C. Koeneke (a former business instructor at Central Wyoming College), on Dec. 18, 1930.

They lived in various towns in North Dakota until her husband enlisted in the Navy in 1941.

Mrs. Koeneke, with three young children, drove a late model Ford to Riverton where her parents lived.

While living in Riverton, she worked as a clerk at Lampson's Market and Newton's Market and was a receptionist at the Fremont Clinic.

In 1998 she moved to Sun City, Ariz., happily leaving the snow and cold behind, where she lived close to her daughter Charlene and her husband, Jerry.

She is survived by her children, JoAnne Lyda and her husband Stuart of College Station, Texas, Charlene Hickman and her husband Gerald of Sun City, Ariz., and Donald Koeneke of Sinclair; sister Lucile Overturf of Riverton; brother F.E. Keller (Kelly) of Gilbert, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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