Marie Elaine Keranen, 92, of the Sunshine Community, passed away Friday evening, January 14, 2022.
Born October 6, 1929, in Hartford CT, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Mitchell Jabuiak. She was the mother of the late Michele Keranen, and the sister of the late Charles Jakubiak. She was a homemaker and a graduate of St Joseph College. Elaine spent much of her life in New England. She performed secretarial work in the Naval Reserves for four years in Connecticut before meeting her husband. They started their family in the south and then returned to New England to raise their children. Elaine was a devoted mother to their six children, modeling for them love, generosity, and kindness to everyone. She always loved the ocean and spent her retirement years close to the beach in Conway, SC. She was a life-time devotee of the Catholic faith, including membership at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Burlington, Vermont, the Catholic Church in Conway, South Carolina, and Saint Mary’s Catholic Church of Toccoa, Georgia.
Survivors include her children, Victor Keranen of Bremerton, WA; Astarte Keranen and Steve Hilderbrand of Seattle, WA; Konrad and Dana Keranen of Toccoa, GA; Aline and Jeffery Taylor of Toccoa, GA; Reina Keranen of Myrtle Beach, SC; 9 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.
Services will be Friday morning at 11am, at St Mary’s Catholic Church of Toccoa, with Father Henry Thang Pham.. Interment will be at Toccoa City Cemetery.
The body is at the Ginn Funeral Home. The family is at their home. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church of Toccoa, 231 Rothell Road Extention, Toccoa, GA 30577; or to Focus on the Family, 8605 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (focusonthefamily.com).