Irene Maxine Keller-Zerfas

Irene Maxine Keller-Zerfas, 84, Hays, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society, Hays.

She was born June 29, 1928, in Ellis to Frank A. and Carrie (Wentling) Keller.

She married Albert Keller on Nov. 7, 1946. He preceded her in death Dec. 15, 1978. She later married Bernard Zerfas on May 6, 1987. He preceded her in death June 9, 2010. She was a farmer and homemaker.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Ellis. She participated in WELCA and the church choir.

She enjoyed dancing, card playing, gardening and spending time with her family.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Keller and wife, Connie, Zurich, and Norman Keller and wife, Sandy, Hays; two daughters, Wanda Kortan and husband, Terry, Palco, and Sharon Keller, Hays; a brother, Arthur Keller, Wichita; two sisters, Minnie Keller and Martha Armbrister, both of Ellis; eight grandchildren, Michelle Funk, Scott Kortan, Tracy Dinkel, Jeff Keller, Justin Keller, Joshua Keller, Lauren Keller and London Keller; and nine great-grandchildren, Madison and Trevor Funk, Ethan, Mallory, Mariah, Ebram, Mabree Kortan, Emma Dinkel and Jamie Keller.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Oscar Keller; and a sister, Helen Schoenthaler.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church, 7.5 miles north of Ellis; burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, and from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.

A prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

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