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Ursula Genevieve Keefe, 89

Published 11:02am Monday, September 23, 2013

Ursula Genevieve Keefe, 89, of Austin, Minnesota died Friday evening, Sept. 20, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

She was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Cudahy, Wis., the daughter of Andrew and Genevieve (Romenski) Gibart. Her family moved to Austin, Minn., where she graduated from St. Augustine High School, (“Pacelli”) in 1941. During World War II, Ursula served with the Waves in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Yeoman Second Class. After her discharge, she returned to Austin, where she was united in marriage to Frederick “Fritz” Daniel Keefe on July 12, 1945, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. The couple made their home in Austin raising their family and became members of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Frederick “Fritz” Keefe of Austin; six children, Patricia (Michael) Morrison of Stone Lake, Wis.; Kathleen (David) Hein of Walker; Ellen (Dan) Reed of Moloka’i, Hawaii; Martha Buxton of Austin; Mark (Debbie) Keefe of Rochester; and Michael (Bonnie) Keefe of Austin; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter in infancy, Elizabeth; two brothers, Edward and Donald Gibart and two sisters, Mary Ann Riach and Delores Snitko and a son-in-law, Mitchell Buxton.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin with Father Jim Steffes, Celebrant. Interment will follow the service in Calvary Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91. The family will greet friends from 8:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials are requested to the United Catholic Schools Foundation of Austin. The Worlein Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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