Sept. 22, 1922-Jan. 15, 2019
Madeline V. Keller passed away on January 15, 2019 at her home in Butte where she's lived for 60-plus years.
Madeline was born in Fayette, North Dakota on September 22, 1922 to Ida (Hitrick) and Carl Dinius. She grew up on a farm in Killdeer, North Dakota along with 12 brothers and sisters. Madeline learned from a young age how to work hard and get by with very little during the Great Depression. One afternoon while she was tending to the needs of the farm, a man from the neighboring farm rode up to her on horseback and asked her out on a date. That man was Joseph M. Keller, and they were married on Valentine's Day 1942.
Madeline and Joe started their family in Dickinson, ND where they had three rambunctious boys whom she adored, Joseph C., Douglas, and Randy, affectionately calling them "my boys". In 1956 the family moved to Butte. Madeline worked many places in the Mining City, most notably she retired from Silver Bow General Hospital as Executive Housekeeper.
Not only did Madeline have a work hard attitude, she loved even harder. Her family meant the world to her, proud and loving towards everything they ever did. Madeline was known as a caregiver, spending time with friends, neighbors, and family. She'd always welcome you into her home with a meal or baked goods. Her most accomplished job came in the form of grandmother and great-grandmother to her 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, the loves of her life. Some of her favorite pastimes were spent gathered around the kitchen table playing cards with her family, where she remained reigning champ of most games won.
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Madeline is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph M Keller, her sons Joseph C. Keller and Douglas Keller, and numerous brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her son Randy (Rosi) Keller, daughter-in-law Pam Keller, her grandchildren, Karla (Andrew) Smith, Krysten (Corey) Nugent, Michelle (Bronson) Winter, Craig Keller, Andrew Keller, and great-grandchildren Cooper and Emry Smith, Colton and Peyton Winter, along with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to thank Frontier Hospice for the help and care during Madeline's final days.
Cremation has taken place, and services will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church February 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Madeline’s family.