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Caroline Keast

December 31, 1932 - April 22, 2020
Plainwell, MI



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West Michigan Cancer Center
200 North Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 382-2500
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1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Age 87, died on April 22, 2020. Caroline was born December 31, 1932 in Climax, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Cardinal) Wagner. A true trailblazer in her time, Caroline was the first female office employee for New York Air Brake. She later worked for the State of Michigan before retiring in 1994. Caroline was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Monica Catholic Church where she enjoyed time with her circles of friends. Caroline was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Charlotte Douglas. Surviving are her children: Linda (Terry) McKnight and Michael (Mary) Keast; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; her sister: Rose (Gary) Koch; and many nieces and nephews. Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Visit Caroline’s personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you may read her Life Story, archive a favorite memory or photo, and sign her online guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center. Arrangements by Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.