Staunton Star - Times - Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years



February 16, 2022

Myra J. Keiser, 94, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Cedarhurst Memory Care in Edwardsville. She was born in Mt. Olive on June 5, 1927, to the late Albert F. and Freda Clara (Scheller) Keiser.

Myra graduated as valedictorian from Mt. Olive High School and worked in the payroll department at Alton Memorial Hospital for 36 years until she retired in 1991. She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, sang in the choir and was a quilter at the church. She enjoyed playing the piano at the Methodist Village every Sunday night.

She is survived by three nieces, Marilyn Keiser of Bloomington, Ind., Joan and Jim Machacek of Westfield, Mass., and Marian Keiser of Naperville; two nephews, Jim (Judy) Keiser of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Phillip (Kathleen) Keiser of Highland; 13 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 11 great-great nieces and nephews. Her parents; two brothers, Rev. Oliver Keiser, Raymond Keiser; two sisters, Lucille Keiser and Ione Mick; and one nephew, Ralph Keiser preceded her in death.

Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton. Burial was at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Mt. Olive.

Memorials may be directed to the Main Street United Methodist Church Music Fund. Condolences may be left online at

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