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Aino Marian (Raty) Keeler, formerly of Otsego, MI, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI at the age of 83.

As the second daughter of Jaakko and Aili (Mattson) Raty, she was born on December 3, 1930 in Detroit, MI. She graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Van O. Keeler, in 1952. They made their home in Otsego in 1957, where they raised 4 children. She managed bookkeeping for her husband’s family medical practice, as well as several rental properties. She was accomplished at needlework. In 1987, she opened her own shop, the Needle Niche, in Kalamazoo. Over the years, she graciously opened her home to family and friends from across the globe, including 7 exchange students and numerous medical students.
Aino is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Dr. Van O. Keeler, along with her four children; Helen (Thomas) Ruggeri of Otsego, Kathleen (Ken Newton) Keeler of Colorado, Carol (Reinhard) Falk, Paul Keeler of Byron Center and ten grandchildren; Brian and Matthew Ruggeri, Coleman and Keneka Newton, Janelle, Daniel and Emily Falk, Joshua, Jacob and Alexander Keeler; and her sisters Ruth E. Rich of Berkley and Helen M. Arntz of Mt. Clemens, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honoring her request, cremation has taken place. A short memorial service will be held Monday, August 18th at 11:00 am with a luncheon visitation following at Otsego United Methodist Church located at 223 E Allegan St, Otsego. Her final resting place will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery along side her husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation or the charity of your choice.

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  1. Claudine Maison and David Reihnold on August 9, 2014 at 12:09 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Kathy shared stories of the places they traveled, and it sounds like they had a wonderful life. God Bless.



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