Fay Keating (nee Baumer)
Nov. 7, 1914 — Jan. 7, 2016

Faye KeatingFay Keating (nee Baumer) died on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at the age of 101.

She is survived by two adoring daughters, Barbara Jansa Zimmer and Susan Jansa Jarz Marconi. In addition, there are five grandchildren: William (Julie), Nicholas (Lori) and Peter (Deisey) Zimmer, and Sarah Jarz (Ernest) Benion and Alex (Addy) Jarz. Fay had 10 great-grandchildren: Lauren and Jerod Zimmer; Sophia, Camille, Simon, Elias, Jesse and Ezra Benion, and Adrianna and Austin Jarz. She also leaves behind her loving and devoted caregiver, Jodi Watson.

Fay was born on November 7, 1914, in London, England. She started sewing as a young girl and ultimately became a proficient seamstress and dress designer with her own business in London. At the height of the Blitz during World War II, her family’s house was bombed, which necessitated their move to Oxford. It was there that she met her future husband, William Jansa, an Army medic, where he was stationed. They were married after the war on July 11, 1945. Fay later traveled on the HMS Queen Mary across the Atlantic Ocean to meet up with William and then lived in Waukesha, where Barbara and Susan were born. Fay continued her trade at home in Waukesha, as well as teaching, tailoring and fur remodeling at the local vocational school. She was also a charter member of The Cosmopolitan Club, an organization of war brides from around the world and the Waukesha Civic Theatre, where she acted and was their costume designer. Fay’s husband, William, died in 1960.

In 1963, Fay married Joseph Keating and moved to Villa Park, Illinois. They eventually retired happily to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and enjoyed 25 years together. Joe died in 1998.

Fay was also preceded in death by her mother, Yetta; her father, Frank; and two brothers, Alfred and Sidney.

She returned to the Midwest in 2003 to be close to her daughters, living first in Waukesha for seven years and lastly at Willow Falls in Crest Hill, Illinois..

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home, 2320 Black Road, Joliet, Ill, is serving the family. For information call 815-744-0022 or visit www.chsfuneral.com.