Keane, William Michael, of Delafield, WI, formerly of Chicago, passed away on Jan. 21, 2008, at the age of 72. Bill will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Dorau Keane, nee Drexler, whom he married on July 2, 2005; children, Kevin (Christine) Keane of Burke of Virginia, Karen (Dan) Lazar of Fishers of Indiana, Timothy (Olwen) Keane of Galway, Ireland, Tracey (John) Schweiner of Chicago, IL, Mary Pat (Matt) Smith of Schaumburg, IL, Laurie (Kevin) Leahy of Chicago, IL, John (Susie) Dorau of Delafield, WI, Jim Dorau of Delafield, WI, and Michael (Kelli) Dorau of Hartland, WI; nine handsome grandsons: Brendan, Patrick, Casey, Cormac, Liam, Ryan, Charlie, Michael, and Joshua, 13 beautiful granddaughters: Maggie, Molly, Sydney, Meghan, Katie, Sarah, Reilly, Nora, Shea, Kaitlyn, Jennifer, Ashley and Emily. Bill is also survived by his brother Thomas (Carol) Keane: four sisters: Anna Mae Keane, Gerry Lechner, Dorothy (Roland Carpenter) Keane and Sally (Patrick) Dolphin; his brother-in-law, Thomas Mullahy; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Catherine Keane, nee Mullahy, daughter, Katie, sister, Sally, brother-in-law, Robert Lechner, and his parents, William and Ann Keane. Bill spent his entire career of over 35 years with United Parcel Service as a human resource executive. He began a community mentorship program for UPS managers to assist underserved people in Chicago, particularly troubled youth. He was very active with the Irish communities in Milwaukee and Chicago and a strong supporter of Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. Bill's legacy is the generation of lives he touched and inspired. He greeted everyone with a warm smile and kind word, and he was loved by everyone he met because he made each family member, friend, and neighbor feel special. He grew up in a loving Irish immigrant family, from which he drew his unwavering belief that any dream could be achieved through hard work, a good education and a strong faith in God and family. The great value he placed in a strong education will be one of his most enduring legacies that lives on in family and friends, as will his remarkable capacity to love. The Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at 10 a.m., at St. Charles Catholic Parish, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland, WI, with Rev. Dennis Klemme and Fr. Frank Grady officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 8 p.m., at St. Charles Catholic Parish. Burial will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Road in Des Plaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, c/o Univ. of Wisconsin Foundation, 600 Highland Ave. K4/658, Madison, WI 53792. Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 262-542-6609 www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com
Published in the Chicago Tribune on 1/23/2008.