On December 15, 2020, Jay Keller, age 75, brother, uncle, nephew, and most loyal of friends, departed this world for a better one.
Jay grew up working on his parents' dairy farm in Catawissa, Pennsylvania with his brothers. He graduated from Bloomsburg State College and began a teaching career that lasted for more than three decades, inspired by his own teachers and sustained by his talent for engaging children.
Jay made his home in Hermosa Beach, California for decades (living in Dallas, Texas for a few years in the middle), and taught at both Hermosa View and Hermosa Valley schools. Known as ""Keller"" by many friends, Jay's personality was as sunny as the southern California sky. He endeared himself to scores of students, their parents, and his fellow teachers and co-workers with his no nonsense passion for teaching, sense of humor, and admittedly, the occasional prank. He was happiest when he could walk to school, greeting people along the way, chatting with parents, former students, neighbors, and friends. He later retired from teaching and moved to Palm Springs, where he quickly became an avid pickle ball player and built yet another network of dear friends.
Jay nurtured deep and long-lasting friendships that endured across time and space – he kept in touch, visited, and remembered details about their lives. He was known to all for his cheerful irreverence and lasting affection. Jay endeared himself to scores of friends and extended family throughout his life – all those who knew him were deeply affected by his genuine regard.
Jay is survived by his sister, LuAn Keller; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Nancy Keller; sister-in-law, Valerie Keller (Jack); aunt, Arlene Kile (née Artley); three nieces, Chandra Keller, Mandy Militello (née Keller), and Jodi Moore (née Keller); nephew, Bret Keller; and many grand nieces and nephews, cousins, other extended family, and dear friends. He is predeceased by his father, Clarence Keller; mother, Kathleen Keller (née Artley); older brother, Jack Keller; and younger sister, Lesa Keller.
A memorial service will be planned later in 2021, pending the ability for safe travels and gathering of loved ones following the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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