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Josephine E Keenlyne

Josephine E Keenlyne

Josephine E. Keenlyne, age 92 of Elmwood, Wisconsin, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2023, at Our House Senior Living in Menomonie Wisconsin.

Josephine was born to Alex and Bessie (Hite) Kadinger on September 29, 1931 in Dunn County, WI.

She was raised on family farm in Dunnville Wi.  She attended St Henry’s School in Eau Galle, WI.   She graduated High School from Durand WI. After high school, Josephine worked at the Variety Store in downtown Durand.

Josephine married the love of her life, Charles LeRoy Keenlyne on October 27th, 1952, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Eau Galle WI.  They had 64 years of marriage before LeRoy passed. They farmed on the Maxville prairie until April 1962, before moving to Elmwood area and continued to farm.  They built a new home on one of the farms near Elmwood where they retired.

Josephine worked at Elmwood Nursing Home where she also attained her CNA Certificate.  And after the family was raised, Josephine worked at Sears in Eau Claire, WI. Loved to travel with family and friends.  Family reunions were always a priority. Enjoying Card Clubs with neighbors and friends. Dancing from square dancing to ball room.  Josephine loved going to Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Weddings, School, and Church events. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church of Elmwood.  Where she was very active in the Altar Rosary Society and served as president, Weber Valley Home Makers, and serving communion to those who were shut in or unable to attend. As well as sending cards to all. Her faith stayed strong to her end.  Josephine comfort food she would make and share with anyone in need was her famous Chili. She took photography class and loved to practice on family at gatherings. She always had large gardens of both vegetables and berries with flowers inside and out. Josephine’s favorite professional team was the Green Bay Packers.

After the passing of her husband, Josephine moved to Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood, WI. Where she had an apartment, she brought her favorite belongings including Prize Deer Mounts from her hunting days.  She was known from that point on to most as Josie. From there she moved to Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood, WI, due to closing of nursing home she moved to Our House Senior Living in Menomonie, WI. On July 31st 2023 till her passing on November 25th, 2023.

Josephine is survived by sons, Charles Jr. “Chuck” Pepin, WI; Kirk (Joyce) Glenwood City, WI; Bruce (Theresa) and Rodney (Charlet) both of Elmwood, WI.  Daughters Karen (Dwight) Johnson, Spring Valley WI.; Sharon (Tom) Micek and Marilyn (Tim) Bowell both of Menomonie, WI. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Betty Sabelko of Mondovi, WI, and Dianna (Tony) Gullickson of Fresno, CA. She is further survived by brothers-in-law Kent (Lamoyn) Keenlyne Mobile, AL and James Mork, Shakopee, MN, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Alex and Bessie Kadinger, one grandson Adrian Johnson, 2 brothers Alex Kadinger Jr. and Paul Kadinger, 3 sisters and 3 brothers-in-law Romona (Wayne) Messex-Borre, Gloria (Frank) Hince, Rose (Newell) Herum and Harold Sabelko.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00AM Saturday, December 16, 2023 at Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Anbu Shanmugam officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-7:00PM Friday, December 15, 2023 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Faye Owen

    Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. Our mother, Lorraine Brenner, was a past classmate and friend of your mother and they resided together in Elmwood at the Heritage Nursing Home until it's closing. I enjoyed visiting with your mother while she was there.

  2. Donna and Richard Karshbaum

    So Sorry for Your Loss God Bless You all ❤️

  3. Ron & Eva Nyeggen

    Our prayers and sympathy to the Keenlyne family. May your memories of your loved one sustain you, and bring comfort to all who knew Jo.

  4. Mandy and Russ Phillips

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Keenlyne family...
    Jo was was such a wonderful woman!!
    My favorite memory of her was when she used to come to my Grandma Helen's house for Grandma to do some sewing for her, but this one time, when I was a really little girl and living with Grandma and Grandpa, Jo brought me the most adorable little kitten who I named Zippy... I had so much fun sneaking him upstairs to my bedroom, hiding him under my nightgown and then under my blankets he'd go!! I always got busted though as he wasn't allowed upstairs but I loved him so much and didn't want to be away from him!!
    RIP Jo!!!
    Hugs and so much love to my lifelong friend Marilyn!!

  5. John and Judy Parr

    our sympathy

  6. Donna and Richard Karshbaum

    We are so Sorry for Your Loss of Your Beautiful Josephine, Beautiful Lady, God Bless You All ????

  7. Vanji Thompson

    You have my sympathy

  8. Sharon Biskey

    A special lady...sending hugs and prayers to the family during this difficult time..

  9. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  10. Charlotte Harvey

    Kenny and I send our condolences to the family. She was a spitfire.

  11. Donna Bignell

    My thoughts and prayers for all of the family. So saf

  12. Arnold & Chris bauer

    Sorry to here about Josephine. Was nice to having good neighbors. God bless. Prayers

  13. Dutch Elbe

    Josephine, you were a good neighbor. Hope you can once again be with your beloved, Leroy. Condolences to all the kids and their families.

  14. marge binkowski

    Dear Family; What beautiful parents you were blessed with. So happy to say we know most of you. Our sympathy. Marge and Tony Binkowski

  15. John and Patty Wayne

    Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you and your family.
    Your mother was a wonderful woman John and I always enjoyed visiting with her .

  16. Tim and Julie Milliren

    Kirk and Joyce, we’re so very sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathies!

  17. thomas biles

    sorry to hear of your loss. I remember her as a horse rider

  18. Kathie Bechel

    I'm so honored to know Josephine and Leroy. They w ere neighbors when u lived by Elmwood also distant relation. Wonderful people. Loved visiting with them. Beautiful memories. God Bless the family and friends

  19. Joanne Hovey

    Sympathy to family and friends

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