2013-01-31 / Obituaries

Eleanor Raney Keuning

A golden voice was silenced in the early morning hours of Jan. 25, when Eleanor Raney Keuning passed away while undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer affecting the aorta of the heart and one lung.

She was hopeful she would beat this malignancy in order to spend more time with her oneyear old granddaughter, Michaela, whom she cherished.

Eleanor was a loving wife, mother, aunt, sister, grandmother and a loyal friend to many. Eleanor leaves her husband, Kenneth Keuning of Mariposa; son, Gus Kambeitz and his wife Tina and baby Michaela; daughter, Jennifer Kambeitz, all of the San Jose area. Also surviving her are stepsons, Stephen Keuning, who serves in the US Army in Germany and Kevin Keuning of Stockton; brothers, J. Charles Khan of Hollister, Richard A. Khan of Morgan Hill; and sister, Carol Agaliotis of Morgan Hill. Many nieces, nephews and cousins mourn her passing, as well as her uncle and aunt, Donald and Barbara Raney of Ventura. She was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Khan Thomas in 2011 of Fremont.

Eleanor was born Jan. 22, 1938, in Gladstone, VA, the third child of John H. and Mary Raney Khan. Eleanor grew up in Morgan Hill, graduating from Live Oak High School in 1955, and San Jose State College, where she earned degrees in education and music. She was an accomplished pianist and had a beautiful soprano singing voice. She enjoyed singing in church choirs and formed a singing trio with her two sisters. They sang in churches from Salinas to Sunnyvale.

She met her husband, Kenneth Keuning, while both were singing in the Stockton Choral. She then came to Mariposa as a business teacher at Mariposa County High School, teaching business classes, computers and overseeing the school newspaper and annual.

She was an active member of many organizations in Mariposa: the Kiwanis, Kiwanis Preschool, the Mariposa Museum and History Center, the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, the American Association of University Women and she gave courthouse tours, to name but a few.

Eleanor was instrumental in the formation of the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra when she convinced Les Marsden to undertake the endeavor. She continued singing in the Mariposa Community Chorus and the Lutheran Church Choir. She played an active role in the church, serving in many capacities.

Eleanor will be greatly missed. Her family wishes peace to her memory.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Mariposa Lutheran Church, 4469 Highway 49 south, with a reception following at the church.

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Since I don't get the gazette

Since I don't get the gazette delivered to our house, I come on here to see what's new in my town of Mariposa. I am saddened to see the death of Eleanor. I have memories of her from my time in Chorus. What a great singer she was. She will be missed!

I have many fond memories of

I have many fond memories of Eleanor from our time together in Kiwanas. She was a talented and gracious leader.

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