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Full Text of HR0771  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives were saddened to learn of the death of James E.
4Keefe, who passed away on November 21, 2017; and
5    WHEREAS, James Keefe was born in Chicago to James H. and
6Florence M. (Cooney) Keefe on January 13, 1932; he moved to
7Woodstock in 1938 and attended St. Mary's School through the
89th grade; he then attended St. Mary's Seminary School, where
9he had planned to become a priest; and
10    WHEREAS, James Keefe attended college at St. Ambrose
11University in Davenport, Iowa until he was drafted during his
12sophomore year; he served his country with distinction in the
13U.S. Army as a military policeman during the Korean War; he
14returned to college after being discharged and graduated from
15St. Ambrose in 1957; and
16    WHEREAS, Two weeks after graduating from college, James
17Keefe married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Burmeister, at
18St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock; together they were
19parents to Kelly, Erin, Patrick, and Quinn and grandparents to
20several grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and
21    WHEREAS, James Keefe worked as an insurance agent for more



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1than 43 years, with 38 years as an agent for Country Companies;
3    WHEREAS, During his entire adult life, James Keefe was an
4active member of St. Mary Parish and served as a Knight of the
5Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Sepulchre; and
6    WHEREAS, James Keefe was a charter member of the Woodstock
7Rotary Club and served as the club's vice president when the
8club was founded in 1968; he later served as president and in
9many other roles; he and his wife hosted numerous Rotary
10Exchange students from all parts of the world throughout the
11years; and
12    WHEREAS, As a Rotarian, James Keefe recorded over 49 years
13of perfect attendance at Rotary meetings, even seeking out
14meetings when traveling out of town; he was named a "Paul
15Harris" fellow through Rotary; and
16    WHEREAS, James Keefe was a longtime member of the McHenry
17County Civil War Roundtable, where he served as treasurer; he
18was a past member of the Woodstock Jaycees, the Lions Club, and
19the Elks Club; and
20    WHEREAS, James Keefe was elected to the Woodstock City
21Council in 1969 and served two full terms; he also served on



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1the Police and Fire Commission, the Woodstock Library Board,
2and the Memorial Hospital Board; and
3    WHEREAS, In 2002, James Keefe received the Woodstock
4Chamber of Commerce Buschkopf Award for Community Service; and
5    WHEREAS, James Keefe had a deep love of history and became
6known for his "History of Woodstock" slide presentations which
7he gave to many groups over the years; and
8    WHEREAS, James Keefe was a talented photographer and loved
9to travel and document his trips through pictures; he traveled
10the world with his wife Mary Ellen before her death, never
11missing Mass or Rotary Meetings wherever their travels took
12them; and
13    WHEREAS, James Keefe is survived by his children, Kelly
14(Mark) Afeld, Erin (Steve Walters) Anderegg, Patrick
15(Katherine) Keefe, and Quinn Keefe; his grandchildren, Kendra,
16Trevor, Greta, Lauren, Bridget, Hanna, Joseph, Hailey, and
17Katelyn; and his great-grandchild, Ella; therefore, be it
20mourn the passing of James Keefe, and extend our sincere
21condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved



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1him; and be it further
2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the family of James Keefe as an expression of our
4deepest sympathy.