Obituary of Elaine S. Keating
Keating, Elaine S. (nee Stroke) May 29, 2019 of Hamburg and West Seneca, NY. Beloved wife of Robert E. Keating; devoted mother of Karen (Carl) Jackson, David (Lee), and Thomas (Karen) Keating; cherished grandmother of Carolyn, Melissa, Allison, Kelsey, Kathleen, Brianne, Ashley, Scott, Austin, Tristan, Thomas, and Emily; loving sister of Donna Foley; dear life long friend of Janet Zimmer; also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends received on Friday from 4 – 8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. Where prayers will be held Saturday at 8:45 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Athol Springs, NY at 9:30 AM. Please leave online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com
Elaine had a great sense of humor; she could always find the bright side in any situation. Some would say that she was kind of sarcastic. If you heard laughing, it was most likely Elaine. She had an infectious smile which could make you laugh even if you were having a bad day.
Elaine met her husband Bob at National Gypsum where she was a secretary and he was there to install an elevator. Elaine’s friend was very interested in Bob, but she got to him first. They went to a school reunion dance and got married a year later. This May Elaine and Bob were married for 57 years. Together they had three children, Karen, David and Thomas. When her kids were young, she was “mom” to the whole neighborhood, everyone called her Mom Keating. She was always was willing to help and take people in if they needed a place to stay. Elaine loved camping and would go faithfully to Woodside Campground for 22 years. Elaine and Bob started camping after the kids grew up and they had purchased a 40-foot camper. Their son Tom got them hooked on camping and they never looked back. Over the years Elaine and Bob became grandparents to 12 and great grandparents to 10. She would always make the grandchildren a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cut it a special way. Elaine loved to go to Florida. She and Bob had a place in Zephyr Hills and went there for 12 years. They always traveled to Florida as snowbirds from the end of September until May. Elaine also liked to dance and you would often find her listening to country music and such bands as The Oakridge Boys and Gatlin Brothers. Elaine will truly be missed by her family, friends and loved ones.