Obituary | Betty J. Keiser: A Cherished Life Remembered 2024




In Memoriam: Betty J. Keiser, Beloved Mother and Community Servant of Shillington





In Memoriam: Betty J. Keiser, Beloved Mother and Community Servant of Shillington

A Life Filled with Love and Purpose

Betty J. Keiser, a woman whose unwavering spirit and profound kindness touched countless lives in her 96 years, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2024, at the Reading Hospital. A lifelong resident of Shillington, Betty’s legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of her family, friends, and community.

A Cherished Family Matriarch

Born in the vibrant city of Reading, Betty was the beloved daughter of Robert R. Nagle, Sr. and Mary J. (Berger) Nagle. Her unwavering bond with her late husband, Donald A. Keiser, who preceded her in death on September 9, 2011, served as a beacon of love and support throughout their marriage.

Betty’s greatest joy was her family. She is survived by her five loving children: Eileen C. Knabb and her husband Paul, Kenneth A. Keiser, Kenneth’s former wife Deborah E. Keiser, Donald L. Keiser and his wife Deborah A., and Jeffrey L. Keiser and his wife Dolores. Her legacy continues through her adoring grandchildren – Ryan and Rebecca Keiser, Derek and Kelly Keiser, Jason and Marlaina Keiser, Brian and Hyun Keiser, Molly and Steven Stasko, and Jenny and Joel Hunsicker – and her six precious great-grandchildren.

A Dedicated Community Servant

Betty’s unwavering commitment to her community was evident in her tireless service. After graduating from Reading High School in 1946, she dedicated 15 years to the Governor Mifflin School District, where she served as the cafeteria manager until her retirement in August 1986.

A devout Christian, Betty found solace and inspiration within the walls of Immanuel U.C.C., where she sang in the choir for many years. Her passion for music and her unwavering faith extended to her former church, Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, where she was an active member of the choir and served as the Sunday School Superintendent.

Beyond her church involvement, Betty’s civic duty extended to her role as the Judge of Elections in the Shillington precinct that voted at Grace Lutheran and later Immanuel Churches. Her unwavering commitment to ensuring the integrity of her community’s electoral process was a testament to her unwavering civic spirit.

A Legacy of Love and Inspiration

Betty’s passions for music, especially singing, word searches, jigsaw puzzles, and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her immense joy. Her family meant the world to her, and she would selflessly give anything to make their lives better.

Betty is also survived by her sister, Janet N.. Yaklich, as well as several predeceased siblings. Her memory will forever be cherished by her family, friends, and the countless lives she touched throughout her extraordinary life.

Funeral Arrangements

Funeral services for Betty J. Keiser will be held at Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Megan Huesgen, her pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Shillington. Viewing will be held at the funeral home from 10:00-11:00 AM on the day of the funeral.

Expressing Our Deepest Condolences

We invite the community to join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Betty J. Keiser. Your heartfelt condolences and shared memories can be left on the online obituary page of Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.



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