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Jeri Sue Keefer

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Jeri Sue Keefer, age 63, loving wife and mother of three, went home to be with her Lord and Savior. After nearly a 50 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis, she is finally freed from her chains, and her body is glorified.

Jeri was born on October 12, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio to Jim and Jean (Roth) Wagoner. She and her 3 siblings were raised in a family that loved and served the Lord, and she gave her life to Christ at a young age.

Jeri was a 1974 graduate of Evergreen High School.  On November 28, 1987, she married the love of her life Paul Keefer. He provided for her and cared for her 3 children as his own. They had 32 years of godly sacrificial marriage.

Jeri devoted her life to raising her 3 children, home schooling them and caring for her husband and their home. She loved the outdoors and could often be found working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She had a quick, witty sense of humor, and was often the center of attention, being named “class clown” in high school. Her laughter could fill up the room.

She had a lifelong passion for music. Her parents can recall listening to her play the piano at the age of 3. She was active in marching band and held 1st chair trombone all through high school. She later taught piano lessons in her home.

She used this talent for the Lord serving in her family church, Brailey Union, as a pianist for as long as her body allowed. When she could no longer walk, her husband would carry her to the piano; as long as her hands still had strength, she was willing to serve the Lord.

Besides her loving and devoted husband, Paul Keefer; Jeri is survived by her children, Matthew and Carmen Keefer, Michelle (Keefer) Brown, Joe and Monica (Keefer) Ball; 11 grandchildren; as well as her parents, Jim and Jean (Roth) Wagoner and her siblings, Steve and Judy (Wagoner) Kalnbach, Aaron and Joni (Wagoner) Kelley, and Jeff and Elizabeth Wagoner.

Services at Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton will be private with a public memorial service held at a later date.  Interment will take place at Springfield Township Cemetery.  Pastor Lucas Wilson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jeri's memory can be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NW Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Road, Ste. 202, Independence, OH 44131  or 



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Prayers and hugs to all of the family. She was a sweetheart.

Cathy (Bardwell) Limes Jun 20 2020 12:00 AM

Paul, Joni, and families - our world will certainly be a bit darker without Jeri's presence here. I remember when her family first moved into the school district, and we'd eat lunch together and share our potato chips and laughter. Her musical talents were well known, and appreciated / envied by many. And how she could make us laugh! She was a bright star in our world, even when her illness slowed down her body, that sharp mind and wit was still there. What a comfort to know she is in the presence of our Lord at this very minute! Our loss, but surely heaven's gain. Blessings to you all.

Cindy Burkey Jun 16 2020 12:00 AM

Paul, I dont believe weve ever met. I am a 74 classmate of Jeris. We were in a dance band (Satchmos Saints) together when we were very young. She and I performed the Theme From Bonnie and Clyde, when we were in junior high school, in a talent contest. I have very fond memories of her, and I offer my condolences to you and the entire family for your loss. Best Regards, Steve Mizer

Steve Mizer Jun 13 2020 12:00 AM

Joni, I am so sorry to hear about Jeri! I dont think we are ever prepared for loss, but God is always prepared to sustain us. Thank God for his promise of eternal life. I cant imagine the feeling of her to wake up in the presence of the Lord with a beautifully perfect body. The joy in faith is knowing that a great reunion is waiting for all of us who accept Jesus. All my love!!

Lisa Stalhood Jun 11 2020 12:00 AM

Paul and family to sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and family. The Hepfinger family

barbhepfinger@hotmail.com Jun 11 2020 12:00 AM

Joni and Aaron I am so sorry for your loss. Your sister is beautiful as are you. Love you Lorrie

lwalter@swantonhealthcare.com Jun 10 2020 12:00 AM

Paul, so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace in your memories. With sympathy,

Janet Bauer Jun 10 2020 12:00 AM

Paul, Matt, Michelle, Monica & families,
Jim, Jean, Judy, Joni, Jeff & families,
Our prayers & thoughts are with you during this time of your great loss. May God give you strength, comfort & peace in the days to come. Knowing that Jeri is now in heaven with her Savior with no more restrictions is a huge comfort! Oh what a glorious day that was for Jeri as she saw Jesus face to face! Much love & hugs to each of you.

Barb Roth Jun 9 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Paul and your loving family we are so sorry for your loss, Please know your in our thoughts and prayers. Jeri is now at peace . Bless you Paul, much love Frankie (Rudy) and Sandy.

Sandy Jun 9 2020 12:00 AM