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Imogene (Keskey) Gregory


CAMARILLO, Calif. - Imogene (Keskey) Gregory, 108, passed away on March 4, 2017, in Camarillo, where she had resided since 1980.

Imogene was born on Jan. 21, 1909, in Kadoka, S.D., the daughter of Frank and Bertha Reidinger. As a child, she moved with her family to Tyndall, S.D. She graduated from Tyndall High School in 1925, and from Yankton College in South Dakota.

She thereafter taught in South Dakota schools, where she met Theodore Keskey, a native of Wakefield, Mich. They were married in 1933 and the couple then lived in Minneapolis while Ted attended and graduated from the University Medical School and in Milwaukee, while Ted completed his residency program. Imogene then lived for a time with her parents in South Dakota when Ted served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II.

The couple then settled in Ironwood, Mich., in 1946, where Ted commenced a medical practice. In the 1950s and 1960s, Imogene taught in the Ironwood Schools, and also obtained a master's degree in English from Michigan State University. In 1965, Imogene retired from the Ironwood Schools as an 11th grade English teacher at Luther L. Wright High School.

Her husband, Ted, passed away in January 1962. In 1965, she was remarried to Louis Gregory, an Escanaba, Mich., attorney, and moved to Escanaba. While in Escanaba, she was active in community groups, including the Delta County Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. Louis Gregory passed away in December 1978.

In 1980, Imogene moved to Camarillo, living in her own home until 2014. She also continued driving until two months shy of her 105th birthday.

Imogene was active in several community groups in Camarillo, including the League of Women Voters.

Imogene is survived by daughter Cleo (Lou) Zanutto, of Bear Valley Springs; sons, Theodore (Joni) Keskey, of Flat Rock, Mich., and Don Keskey, of Haslett, Mich .; nephew, Richard Reidinger, of Virginia; and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husbands, Theodore Keskey, M.D. and Louis Gregory; her parents; brother, Cleon Reidinger; and a half-brother, Robert Robinette.

A memorial service will be held for Imogene at the Camarillo United Methodist Church in Camarillo on April 5, at 2 p.m., with a private memorial internment service to be held later in the year at the Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield.


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