Rosalie M. Keelin

Mass of Christian burial for Rosalie M. Keelin, age 88, of Huron, who died Sunday afternoon, June 20, 2004, at the Hursong Nursing Home, was celebrated June 23, at the Church of the Resurrection in Huron with Father Jim Zimmer as celebrant.

Sheila Bonen was organist and soloist. Casketbearers were Todd Nelson, Tony Keelin, David Grabinski, Bob Paulsen, Layton Holstrom, and Edmund Baye, Jr.

Interment was in St. Martin Cemetery in Huron.

Rosalie M. Keelin was born Rosalie M. Baye on November 13, 1915, to Sylvan J. and Helen (Erdman) Baye at Webster, SD. She moved with her family to Philip, SD, around 1920.

Rosalie attended Jones County School and graduated from Philip High School. She then attended and graduated from Columbus College (now the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls. Rosalie taught country school in Beadle County for three years.

On June 30, 1936, Rosalie married Earl E. Keelin at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip. After their marriage, the couple made their home at Huron. She was a helper and bookkeeper for her husband in their business, “Keelin Auto Glass”.

Rosalie was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, and the Belles and Beaus Square Dance Club for 40 years.

She is survived by one daughter, Rita Nelson and her husband, Wayne, of Sioux Falls; one son, Donald Keelin and his wife, Mary Lee, of Fargo, ND; one daughter-in-law, Terry Keelin of Idyllwild, CA; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Alfred Baye and his wife, Eileen, of Albuquerque, NM, and Edmund Baye of Philip, SD; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl, on February 15, 2002; one son, Lawrence “Larry” Keelin; one grandson, Mark Nelson; one brother and one sister.