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Joseph M. Keller

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Saturday, May 22nd from 10:00 a.m.  to 11:45 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) REVERE for Joseph M. Keller, who died on Sunday, May 16th at his home surrounded by his best friend & wife, after a long illness, he was 88 years old. A funeral service will immediately follow the visitation in the funeral home at 12:00 p.m., followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Face masks must be worn at all times and social distancing maintained in the funeral home & cemetery.

Joe was born in Boston, he was raised & educated in Revere. He was an alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1950. He then went to Boston State College to study education. After he earned his degree, he attended Northeastern University to further his education. He worked as a teacher in Malden for several years, before he went to Winthrop High School, where he spent his career of 25 years. Joe’s classes were Biology, Physics & Chemistry. His personality truly made it exciting & fun to learn these subjects in his classroom. Joe was a man that had a natural gift to fix or repair anything. He was a true “homebody” and he often would “Tinker” with anything that need to be repaired or perform some preventive maintenance. He also loved working on his cars, as well. Joe always had his best friend by his side, Peggy. The couple had a courtship of almost 50 years. On July 30, 2010, the couple exchanged their vows together. For 58 years Joe demonstrated his love for Peggy, life was simply better with her. When Joe’s health turned, Peggy was by his side the entire time determined to make him have the best life possible and willing to help him in any way.

He is the “Best Friend” “Beloved husband” & “Trusted Confidant” to Margaret A. “Peggy” Reed. Respected son to the late Robert F. Keller & Mary (Kelleher) Keller. Dear brother of the late Robert J. Keller, Mary Keller, Agnes Trites, Charles Keller & his late wife Marie & Francis P. Keller & his late wife Anne. Brother-in-law to the late Marie Keller. Cherished uncle to Frank D. Keller of Quincy, Christine Keller-Talbot & her husband Walter of No. Reading & the late Brian Keller. Many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews also survive “Joe” as well as proud members of the Reed & Guilmette families.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Visiting Hours

Face masks must be worn at all times & social distancing must be maintained in the funeral home. All attendees are required to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing and temperatures will be checked prior to entering the funeral home. Only 25 people are allowed in the Funeral Home at one time. Guests are asked to visit briefly and to exit the funeral home to allow others to enter.

Saturday, May 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Funeral Service

Saturday, May 22nd at 12:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home


Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

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  1. Aprille Bernard
    May 23 2021

    Mr Keller made biology more about the circulation of life than about the body IN life. I had him as a teacher in 77. I was told since I never did well in math, I shouldn’t bother taking his class. He gave me so much..including courage. His lessons have helped me in my work and life in so many ways. There is no test that I have taken regarding anatomy and physiology that doesn’t have his voice behind my answers. Thank you in.peace

    May 18 2021

    I graduated from Winthrop high in 1983 and had mr. Keller as a teacher .He was an amazing and fun educator with a great personality. I am sorry for your loss and want to thank the entire Keller family for sharing him with us at Winthrop High. Rest In Peace mr. Keller our memories of you will never be forgotten. GOD BLESS

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