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Anne Keller Gilbert

July 11, 1923 January 1, 2011
Anne Keller Gilbert
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Anne Keller Gilbert, 87, formerly of Peoria, died at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, January 1, 2011, at the home of her daughter, Virginia (& Dr. Robert) Pfeffer in New York City, where she most recently made her home since 2009. Her son, John, was also at her side. Prior to coming to New York, Anne made her home with her daughter Frances (& Ted) Ursu for two treasured years. Born July 11, 1923, in Mt. Sterling, Ky., to John Humphrey and Virginia Murphy Keller, She married John W. Gilbert on December 26, 1942, in Mt. Sterling, Ky. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2001, in Peoria. Anne was also preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Agnes McKee Gilbert; and her sister and life-long friend, Frances McDonald. She was affectionately known to her friends as "Saint Anne." Surviving are five children: Virginia (Dr. Robert) Pfeffer of New York City, Frances (Ted) Ursu of Cleveland, Ohio; John (Marisa) Gilbert of Omaha, Neb.; Rob (Diane) Gilbert of East Amwell, N.J.; and Dr. George (Beth) Gilbert of Peoria. She is also survived by 19 cherished grandchildren. Anne attended St. Mary’s College before leaving to marry John, who was a naval officer during WWII. After the war, they moved to Peoria where John was beginning a job at Caterpillar. Anne reviewed books for the Catholic Post. A longtime member of St. Mark’s Church, Anne volunteered as a member of the Ladies’ Auxillary and countless other activities (including the stunt show). John and Anne later became active members of St. Thomas Church in Peoria Heights where their activities included Vacation Bible School and Eucharistic Ministry to the homebound. During her years in Peoria, Anne volunteered for the George Washington Carver Community Center, the Tri-County Urban League, Catholic Social Services (now Catholic Charities), and other community organizations. An antique enthusiast, Anne was previously employed by the Attic in Peoria. In addition to giving generously of her time, talent, and treasure, Anne shared her great sense of humor with her family, friends, and acquaintances. While Anne remained committed to helping others not to take themselves too seriously, Anne saw gifts in all of us and hoped everyone would grow to be his/her best self. We can’t thank you enough, Anne (mom) for what you continue to give us. Thank you especially for being your true self! A funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 8, 2011, at St. Thomas Church in Peoria Heights. Rev. Thomas Taylor and Rev. John Dietzen will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at St. Thomas church with a recitation of the rosary at 7:45 p.m. Further visitation will be 30 minutes before the services at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Church Food Pantry or to Haitian Hearts. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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