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Keith Livens

Keith C Livens

Tuesday, June 30th, 1931 - Thursday, December 26th, 2019
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Age 88, was called home peacefully Thursday, December 26, 2019. Keith was born June 30, 1931, in Potosi, WI, to Eugene and Mildred (Ott) Livens. Keith graduated from Potosi High School, attended Loras College in Dubuque, then transferred to UW-Platteville receiving a degree in teaching. He was drafted as a medical records clerk in Germany. Upon his return, he married the love of his life, Patricia Ens.

Keith taught for 24 years at St. Francis Public School and during the summers would travel to Poland teaching English to under privileged kids. He was a regular volunteer and servant at his church. Keith loved playing cards at the nursing center with friends and reminiscing about his younger years and world-wide travel experiences.

In addition to his love of Potosi and the State of Wisconsin, he loved and followed the Green Bay Packers, and the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. His hometown of Potosi was rewarded in April 2015 when he financed a 245-seat auditorium for Potosi High School after a decade of lobbying. It was Keith’s way of giving back to the community that had such a huge influence on his life.

Those left to cherish Keith's memory include his 7 nieces and 5 nephews. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Mildred (Ott); his wife Patricia; sisters, Mary (LaVern) Duehr; Betty (Austin) Senerchia; and brother, Joel Livens. Sister-in-law Janet Livens-Simpson, and brother in-laws Austin Senerchia and LaVern Duehr.

The family would like to thank the staff at Aurora St Luke's South Shore for the special care they took of Keith during his final days. The family would also like to take this time to sincerely thank Keith’s close friend, Ryan, the son Keith never had. Memorial visitation on Thursday, January 9, at Molthen-Bell Funeral Home (700 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee) from 5 to 7 PM with a rosary service at 6:45 PM. Funeral Mass on Friday, January 10 at Divine Mercy Church (800 Marquette, South Milwaukee) at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, any memorials will be donated to one of Keith's favorite charities.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Molthen-Bell Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    700 Milwaukee Ave.
    South Milwaukee, WI 53172
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  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 7:00pm
    Location
    Molthen-Bell Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    700 Milwaukee Ave.
    South Milwaukee, WI 53172
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Divine Mercy Parish
    Address
    800 Marquette Ave
    South Milwaukee, WI 53172
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr Joe Sebastian

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michele perlongo

Posted at 12:24pm
I have know Keith since the 1970s. He was our forensics coach at st francis high school. I have reconnected with him over the past decade at some of the area senior centers, the south milwaukee performing arts center, divine mercy parish. He was very aware of many parishes , etc i have volunteered at over the years. I had visited him several times in the hospital this month and spent part of Christmas Day with him. One thing he taught me many years ago is this. To be a good communicator, you must be a good listener. He sometimes introduced me as his star student at St Francis high school I know he was proud to be part of the Potosi area including his generous donation to the auditorium and often endorsed Potosi Brewery and Beer. I know he was also active with the Polish Community Center in Franklin, WI.
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