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Carol Mae Elizabeth (Spier) Kean

December 14, 1929 ~ September 16, 2020 (age 90)


Carol Mae Elizabeth (Spier) Kean, 90, of Dawson, Nebraska was born on December 14, 1929, in Steinauer, Nebraska to Ferdinand and Marie (Eichenberger) Spier. She attended country school and graduated from Pawnee City High School with the class of 1947. After graduating, Carol began teaching in a country school, then took college courses to receive her teaching certificate at Peru State College.   

On November 30, 1957, Carol was united in marriage to Philip Kean at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dawson, Nebraska. Six children were born to this union: Don, Joy, Julie, Judy, Ron and Jon. The couple began their marriage raising their family on a farm 2 miles east of Dawson.  While living in Dawson, Carol was a kindergarten teacher at Dawson Public School for several years.  She was librarian and taught Story Hour at the John G. Smith Memorial Library in Dawson for many years. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother who cherished her family, especially her grandchildren.  She enjoyed gardening, raising poultry and embroidery.

Carol passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Falls City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Falls City, Nebraska having reached the earthly age of ninety years, nine months and two days. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of sixty-two years Phil Kean of Dawson, sons: Don Kean and wife Bonnie of Falls City, Ron Kean of Belleville, WI; Jon Kean and wife Kellee of Salem, daughters: Joyce Huppert and husband Mark of Dawson, Julie Martinosky and husband Scott of Nebraska City, Judy Parrish and husband Doug of Falls City, 17 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Rose Kean of Stewartville, MN; and many other relatives and friends.‚Äč

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 21, 2020 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dawson, Nebraska with Father Kenneth Hoesing officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1- 8 p.m., with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to family's choice with a later designation.

Interment will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Dawson, Nebraska.

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Services entrusted to Wherry Mortuary- 207 N. Nemaha Street- Humboldt, Nebraska 68376 (402) 862-2915

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September 20, 2020

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wherry Mortuary, Humboldt
207 N. Nemaha Street
Humboldt, NE 68376

Family Greeting Friends
September 20, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wherry Mortuary, Humboldt
207 N. Nemaha Street
Humboldt, NE 68376

Funeral Mass
September 21, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dawson
312 4th ST.
Dawson, NE 68337

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