William Michael Keane
William Michael Keane of Delafield, formerly of Chicago, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at age 72.
Bill will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Dorau Keane (nee Drexler), whom he married July 2, 2005; children, Kevin (Christine) Keane of Burke, Va., Karen (Dan) Lazar of Fishers, Ind., Timothy (Olwen) Keane of Galway, Ireland, Tracey (John) Schweiner of Chicago, Mary Pat (Matt) Smith of Schaumburg, Ill., Laurie (Kevin) Leahy of Chicago, John (Susie) Dorau of Delafield, Jim Dorau of Delafield and Michael (Kelli) Dorau of Hartland; nine handsome grandsons, Brendan, Patrick, Casey, Cormac, Liam, Ryan, Charlie, Michael, and Joshua; and 13 beautiful granddaughters, Maggie, Molly, Sydney, Meghan, Katie, Sarah, Reilly, Nora, Shea, Kaitlyn, Jennifer, Ashley and Emily. Bill is also survived by his brother, Thomas (Carol) Keane; four sisters, Anna Mae Keane, Gerry Lechner, Dorothy (Roland Carpenter) Keane and Sally (Patrick) Dolphin; his brother-in-law, Thomas Mullahy; and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Catherine Keane (nee Mullahy); daughter, Katie; sister, Sally; brother-in-law, Robert Lechner; and his parents, William and Ann Keane.
Bill spent his entire career of more than 35 years with United Parcel Service as a human resource executive. He began a community mentorship program for UPS managers to assist underserved people in Chicago, particularly troubled youth. He was very active with the Irish communities in Milwaukee and Chicago and a strong supporter of Trinity Academy of Irish Dance.
Bill's legacy is the generation of lives he touched and inspired. He greeted everyone with a warm smile and kind word, and he was loved by everyone he met because he made each family member, friend and neighbor feel special. He grew up in a loving Irish immigrant family, from which he drew his unwavering belief that any dream could be achieved through hard work, a good education and a strong faith in God and family. The great value he placed in a strong education will be one of his most enduring legacies that lives on in family and friends, as will his remarkable capacity to love.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 25, at St. Charles Catholic Parish, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland, with the Rev. Frank Grady officiating. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, c/o University of Wisconsin Foundation, 600 Highland Ave., K4/658, Madison, WI 53792.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com