Carlene Louise (Kosbab) Keating (1925 – 2007)

Carlene Louise Keating

EAST HELENA – Carlene Louise Keating, age 81, of the Shelby House, East Helena, died of natural causes, Saturday evening, June 23, 2007.

Carlene was born in Ryegate, Oct. 17, 1925, to Carl F. and Rena J. (Stigen) Kosbab. She graduated from high school in Hedgesville in 1942. On Nov. 1, 1948, Carlene married John Thomas “Jack” Keating in Harlowton. He preceded her in death, March 26, 1986.

Her special career was the love and care she gave her husband, family and friends. Early in her career, she worked as a waitress in Harlowton and then after her children were grown, she worked at Wilson Merc and the Super D. Grocery stores in Ryegate.

She loved to visit. Trips to Jackpot with the Shelby House Group were the highlight after her move to Shelby’s in 1999. She received the best of care and loved her caregivers like her family.

In addition to her husband, Carlene was preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Carlene is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Tom (Beth) Keating of Harlowton; daughter and son-in-law, Joan (John) Heberly of Helena; grandchildren, Jan (Stephen) Gerl of Tempe, Ariz., Tina (Mike) Peterson of Harlowton, Bob Heberly of Helena, Kent Keating of Billings; brother, Don (Fern) Kosbab of Ryegate; sister, Julia DeBuff of Shawmut; two great-grandchildren, with one due in September; and several nieces and nephews who were very important to her.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Retz Funeral Home. Interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Carlene’s name to the Shelby House, PO Box 1167, East Helena, MT 59635.

Published in the Billings Gazette on 6/27/2007. Found via on 19 February 2008.

2 Replies to “Carlene Louise (Kosbab) Keating (1925 – 2007)”

  1. Best to you all! I live in Texas and I have no idea if we are related, but have very similar names in our family! Would love to find out.

  2. Hi Beth! If you are one of the Tomball Keatings than you are my cousin (I’m Paul’s g’daughter). I think you know my brother Tim from the Art Institute. If you’re interested in some of our Keating family history, I have it traced back to the early 1800s. I’d be happy to email you what I have so far; still working on it, but it’s pretty interesting.

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