Marian Gladys Keefe
February 28, 1936 - October 26, 2020

Marian Gladys Keefe

Marian Gladys Keefe
Feb 28, 1936 - Oct 26, 2020

Marian Gladys Keefe
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Marian Gladys Keefe, 84 of Rochester passed away on October 26, 2020 at St. Marys Hospital.

She was born on February 28, 1936 in Minneapolis to Clarence and Doris (Nelson) Burquist. Marian graduated from Minneapolis Central High School. She worked various jobs over the years and retired from Mayo Clinic dental department. She enjoyed spending time with her family and family was her priority. Grandchildren lovingly called her Grandma Sunshine. Church was very important to her. She liked spending time with the County Club Manor Ladies, playing cards, attending swim classes, going to garage sales and reading.

Survivors include her five children, Mike (Barb) Keefe of Shell Lake, WI, Julie (Steve) Kelly of Weslaco, TX, Rich Keefe of Warsaw, MN, Barb (Dale Christopherson) Keefe of Ostrander, MN and Lynn (Richard) Beckard of Kasson, MN; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Dick and one sister, Jean.

Funeral services will at 11:00am on Friday, October 30, 2020 at Rochester Covenant Church in Rochester. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oakwood East Cemetery.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Keefe family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit

Lori Crandall on Nov 1, 2020

Dear family of Marian,
I am heartbroken to hear of Marian's passing. She was my dear friend from Rochester Covenant Church, and I never left the church without visiting with her. It is no wonder her grandchildren called her Grandma Sunshine, because she radiated love for all her children, grandkids and greatgrandkids. I am so sorry for your loss. It hit me really hard too. I loved her, and I know that she is with our Lord in Heaven. My deepest sympathies to her family. Hugs, Lori Crandall🙏

Maggie Eggerichs on Nov 1, 2020

Marian worked in the dental department when I also worked there. She was a very pleasant gal.
My sympathies to her family. May she rest in God’s peace. Maggie Eggerichs

Jonathan Holmes on Oct 31, 2020

Sorry to hear about Marian's passing. Condolences to the entire Keefe family. We have many fond memories from our time as neighbors on 6th place. ~ Lois Holmes and the entire Holmes family.

Don & Rosella Kvernen on Oct 31, 2020

We were so saddened to hear of your mother's death. We knew her from Rochester Covenant Church. We so easily learned to love Marian. She was always so pleasant and friendly. I can't remember her ever complaining or talking negatively about people. I will remember her for her smile as she often greeted people at our church welcome desk. We are so glad with you to know her faith was so important to her and that she is now in heaven. May God comfort you all as you mourn and miss your mom. I'm sorry we didn't feel comfortable coming to the funeral because of the virus.

Resa Jeche on Oct 30, 2020

Barb, Ant and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your mom and grandma. Those Country Club Manor women are special. Such a wonderful woman. May your memories help you through this difficult time. You and your family are in my prayers.
RIP Marian
Resa (Birch) Jeche

Sheryl Barbour on Oct 30, 2020

Lynn & Family, So sorry to hear about Marian's passing. So sorry for your loss. She was a special friend to me, Also a wonderful neighbor. We shared many laughs together. She loved her cat Susy, I use to babysit the cat when she went to Texas to visit family. What I remember most of all about her was her love for her family & grandchildren. I will miss calling her. Will keep all of you in our prayers. May she rest in peace. Prayers, Sherry & Dave Barbour

Laura Pryor on Oct 30, 2020

We were so sorry to learn of Marian's passing. Marian was my Mother Janet's first cousin. It was always fun to see cousin Marian when she would make the trip to La Crosse for special occasions like my Mom's Halloween birthday party. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Jennifer Nordeen, Cathy Swartz, Robin Swartz and Laura Swartz Pryor

Carol Cairns on Oct 30, 2020

I have been in telephone contact with Marian since the pandemic started. Always upbeat and appreciative. Looked forward to outings with her times a little feisty, but with a chuckle. She enjoyed greeting people as they arrived in church on Sundays.

EVEY SCHMITT on Oct 29, 2020


Kathy Greden on Oct 29, 2020

My sympathy and best wishes to your family! Marian was a good friend and member of our lunch bunch
group for many years. She always had a story to share about her feline companions and her family which
was so special to her. She will be missed.
Kathy Greden

Marge Hill and family on Oct 29, 2020

Marian and I met at a Singles Group at Bethel Lutheran Church which we attended for a period of time. After a period of time, we realized that we had alot in common & continued our friendship. We traveled together, visited her family in Minneapolis, visited our surrounding towns enjoying the cultures of each one. We both worked at Mayo (different departments), but had this in common. We were always willing to help each other with whatever came up in our families. Marian was always upbeat, a happy person & fun loving. I will certainly miss her humor & love for her family and mine. Marian, I love you and always will remember you! My prayers to your family. You will certainly be missed!! Hugs!

Barb Metcalf on Oct 29, 2020

When Shoreview allowed people to join the Club who did not live there we joined and met Marian in water aerobics. We so enjoyed talking and kidding around with Marian. She always spoke fondly of her family.
May she Rest In Peace. Barb and Peggy

Douglas Abrahamson on Oct 29, 2020

I am sorry to hear that Marian passed away in an unusual manner. I greeted her every Sunday at RCC, and she was always friendly and even liked to tease me as I passed by to my pew. I think of her as a friend.
Doug Abrahamson

Marlene Davis on Oct 29, 2020

CandleI enjoyed knowing your mother when we both did swim aerobics at the Y for many years. We were part of a group that had coffee and socialized together. We had good times together and she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these days and beyond.

Marlene Davis


Wendy Wallskog on Oct 29, 2020

I worked with your Mom when I was a dental aide on W4 during 2 summers home from college. She was BY FAR the most memorable and best part of those summers. She taught me how to arrange full mouth xrays and file like a champ. But the best part was always her smile and genuine interest in me. We would get to laughing and before you knew it the day turned into a good one. I am so sorry for your unexpected loss. She touched my life with love and joy. I hope you can feel her with you even in her passing.
Wendy Wallskog

Gayle Aug on Oct 28, 2020

I remember how we sat and visited withCarmen.
She was so proud of her new red car! Very kind lady! Marion will be missed

Jane Hardwick on Oct 28, 2020

Lynn, My sympathy to you and your family. Take care, Jane WH



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