Katherine Marie Keister

katherine keister

April 20, 1963 ~ October 18, 2021

Resided in: Fremont, California

On October 18, 2021, Kathy Keister left on a new journey where she will not be returning to us. Her new journey takes her to a wonderful place with amazing food and drinks.  Sites and adventures to behold, where her cancer and pain are gone. She will be socializing, relaxing, shopping, wine tasting, decorating, riding her old bike, playing her ukulele and reading to her heart’s content where music, laughter and love are guaranteed.

She left behind her husband and the love of her life, Jesse Schaa, her sisters Karen Wurtz and Christine Keister, her dad Shirl Keister along with her ridiculous dog Roxie and so many family members and friends. She is meeting up with her mother Elaine and others who were waiting for her with open arms.

Kathy did a great job while she was here. She made us smile, laugh, and do things we normally would not do.  She showed us the beauty of this world and in each of our lives. Her smile, her laughter, her warmth, her energy, her love for animals, her passion for fashion, her love to travel, and her love for the holidays will always be remembered.

She worked hard her whole life, even up to the end, doing what she loved at Nordstrom, American Cancer Society and other businesses. Her strong passion for volunteering benefited many organizations including:  The Candle Lighters, Fremont Elks Lodge, the Fremont 4th of July Parade, Irvington Business Association and many more. She made a difference in the lives of many, especially her husband’s.

You are invited to join Kathy’s family in the Celebration of her Life on Saturday November 13, 2021, at 3:00 pm at the place she enjoyed; the Fremont Elks Lodge located at 38991 Farwell Drive, in Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ohlone Humane Society at https://ohlonehumanesociety.org/donate or the American Cancer Society.

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  1. CandleWill be there with Bling on.. instead of bells 😉 Our girl is going to dearly missed but celebrated in style!

  2. CandleShe was always so cheerful and kind. We will miss her smile and her enthusiasm.. She will be missed.

  3. CandleGod’s blessings on Kathy’s many friends and Jesse, may memories of good times strengthen you and see you through this time of sorrow.

  4. CandleThank you Kathy for bringing so much joy to my brother and to the lives you touched. You are truly missed.

  5. CandleThank you Kathy for for being such a good friend! Your sass will always be remembered!! We always had a good laugh together and I will continue to smile when I think of you! Rest In Peace my friend and I will toast you with the boys and “Baby” often. Thanks for the laughs!

  6. I’m not sure what to say after hearing this news today only because there is so much to say. Kathy and I were super close in our early twenty’s. I’m 30 years sober as of May 5 th and have been a member of AA since 1991. When I share My experience strength and hopeFrom the podium Kathy always has a mention. She was the first person to look at me in the eyes and I quote” you are being a real jerk Miles “ . Then walked away. I respected her friendship so much it was the biggest crack and helping me get sober. What an absolute force of nature Kathy was. Love and Light to her husband Jesse and her sisters and her dear father.
    Love you Kathy .
    Miles Barry

  7. CandleThinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember Kathy whom you loved so dearly.

  8. CandleFond memories of Kathy; her sense of humor, laughter, and always up for fun. I pray the memories and moments you shared help to provide some comfort. Jesse, thinking of you and the family during this difficult time.

  9. CandleKathy, you were an amazing mentor and a dear friend. You were so talented, so creative, so fun… and so honest. You gave great advice and helped me so much when I needed it most. I loved every day that I worked with you. I learned as much as I laughed! My memories of late nights @ Nordstrom are my favorites.; especially “Making Christmas “. Thank you for all that you did for me and for so many others. Rest in Gods peace

  10. CandleKathy, your generosity, giving nature, and love of bringing people together will always stick with me. You made me giggle with your sass. I loved every moment of our brief time together. Rest well, friend. There are parties in heaven to plan. ♥️

  11. CandleKathy was an extended family member who’s company we shared at many family events including weddings, christenings, showers, family parties and New Years at her house! There were many great times and Kathy will be missed.

  12. CandleMy Dear Friend Kathy, You brought so much love and laughter. I have countless memories from your family trips to Hawaii, Seattle, camping and so much more. You have helped me grow as a person and You always made time for Me, Family and friends.
    I will miss until we meet again. I love you Kathy❤️ My Prayers are with your family….Jesse, Karen, Sheryl and Chris

  13. Mack and I are so sorry to hear this news. And also sorry we can’t make the service tomorrow. Prayers with all the family.

  14. CandleKathy this hits in the heart of Friendship and admiration. I enjoyed working with you and will miss our Mondays together, your wit and laugh. Thank you for just being you, while you gave so much.

    My prayers go to you, your family and long time friends.

    With heart felt sympathy,

  15. CandleI feel so lucky that Kathy was my friend and I wish were better friend to her.
    My deep condolences to Jesse and Keister family. With love,

  16. CandlePraying for peace for you Jesse and your family. Kathy was one of a kind. She was very kind hearted, full of fun ideas and always ready to help. I can’t make the celebration of life but wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you and your family.

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