Carol Joan Keel

May 16, 1937 ~ July 13, 2022 (age 85)

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Carol Joan Keel (Wale) 85, of Chesterton passed away Wednesday July 13, 2022. She was born May 16, 1937 in East Chicago, IN. She was the daughter of Edwin Woodwin and Verna Pauline (Press) Wale. 

Carol was an owner of Keel’s Country Corner in Valparaiso, she also worked for Marc T. Nielsen Interiors in Suman Valley for over forty years which enhanced her love for interior design and decorating. She loved to cook for her family. Her specialties included her famous potato salad, macaroni and cheese and hamburger, and perch when her family from Tucson would come to town! Carol was an avid Bulls fan cheering her beloved Michael Jordan through 6 championships! She loved to make hand-made ornaments, and had quite the collection on her always beautifully decorated tree each Christmas. 

On August 10, 1957, she married Earl Robert Keel who preceded her in death on March 2, 2008. Carol was a loving mother to her children, Terri (David) Funkhouser of Westville and her son Michael (Janifer) Keel of Valparaiso, she was a loving sister to Nancy Erickson of Tucson, Arizona, and devoted grandmother of Katie (Herman) Hendricks of Wanatah, Wesley (Monica) Coulter of Westville, Robert, Heather, Nathan, and Nicholas Keel of Valparaiso, and 3 great-grandchildren. 

Carol was also preceded in death by her parents, and sister Patricia Hoover. There will be no services at this time. Newhard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family, care of Newhard Funeral Home.

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