Jaqueline De Keyrel


Jacqueline Kay (Sarner) De Keyrel was born Sept. 22, 1940, to John (Jack) and Leona Sarner (Kerska) in La Crosse, Wis. She graduated from Aquinas High School in 1958, which is where she met the love of her life, Tom. 

Jackie taught her children that there is always someone who needs help. She organized countless funeral luncheons at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Murray, Utah, over many years. If her friends needed a ride to anywhere, all they needed to do was call. Jackie took care of everyone. Even when she was in the hospital, she would order bagels to be delivered to the nursing staff. 

She was a lover of animals and they adored her also. Whether it be a headstrong Arabian stud or a Siamese cat curled up on her lap, her touch was completely calming. That touch also affected those around her. Jackie didn’t care if you rode horses or motorcycles, drove fast cars or knitted, who you loved, where you went to church, the color of your skin or what flavor of ice cream you like. She loved you for you.

Her greatest love was to her family and she treasured the moments she could hold grand- and great-grandbabies. She loved to hear and retell stories to all around her.

Jackie loved to travel and spend time with her family. She spent many weeks on road trips, cruises and spreading her toes in the sand, even if she was stuck in a “damn chair.” She was the cornerstone of the family and can never be replaced, nor can the many afghans that she made for the family. 

Jackie died Feb. 15, 2019. She was 78. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Leona Sarner; husband of 47 years, Thomas Maurice De Keyrel; daughter, Babette Marie Steers;  and son, John Maurice De Keyrel. 

Jackie is survived by her brother, Gary (Linda) Sarner; daughters Sherri (Danny [Mick]) McDermet of Custer, S.D., and Kathleen (Devin) De Keyrel-Allen of Pleasant View, Utah; 12 grandchildren, six (soon to be seven) great-grandchildren and too many friends to count. 

Jackie and Tom will be interned together in LaCrosse, Wis.,  June 1 with a celebration of life. Email the family at [email protected] for final arrangements.