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Published: Sunday, 11/17/2002

Librarian was longtime volunteer

Jeanne Keogh, a technical librarian at Libbey-Owens-Ford for 34 years and longtime volunteer at the then-St. Vincent Hospital and at Bethany House, died of diabetes complications yesterday in Waterford Commons. She was 78.

Born in Toledo, Miss Keogh was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. After high school, she received an undergraduate degree at the former Mary Manse College in Toledo, and then went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where she received a master's degree in library science.

Dr. Marian Rejent, a friend of Miss Keogh's since college, said her friend excelled at the detail-oriented work at the L-O-F library despite having a visual impairment in one eye that made it difficult for her to read. She said Miss Keogh's colleagues respected her hard work, and “they treated her like one of the vice presidents.”

Richard Tussing, a longtime friend who dated Miss Keogh for almost 50 years, said his friend was so organized and skilled that she often ended up leading the organizations that she helped.

“I think she was trying to be kind. She liked to be around people and in all the organizations she joined, she usually ended up being president at some point,” he said. “She had a lot of friends too. Everyone liked her.”

She loved to travel, and before falling ill in the late 1990s, Miss Keogh traveled to dozens of countries and continents, including Australia, China, South America, Central America, and Europe.

Miss Keogh was a member of the American Library Association, served two terms as president of the service club Quota International, and held memberships in Sama Gama Club of Presidents, the Catholic Collegiate, Central Catholic Alumni Association, and the Golden Age Club. She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and a former member of the Brandywine Country Club.

A niece and two nephews survive.

The body will be in the Coyle Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Tuesday, with a Scripture service at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

The family requests tributes to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

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