Irene May Keesler, 78, Hopkins executive assistant

August 11, 2005

Irene May Keesler, a retired Johns Hopkins University executive assistant, died of heart failure Aug. 4 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 78.

Born Irene Zoeller in Dumont, N.J., she attended the Scudder secretarial school in New York City and worked there for Gulf Oil Corp. She met and married Carl Von Elm, a Gulf Oil drilling engineer. They later divorced.

In 1962, she married Don Keesler, a salesman for the old Manhattan Shirt Co., and moved to Baltimore, where she became executive assistant to George Owen, Hopkins' dean of arts and sciences at the Homewood campus.

She retired in 1980, and at her death she was a volunteer at Baltimore County's Cockeysville library.

Services were held Monday in Timonium.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two cousins, Stephen Wohlleb of Matawan, N.J., and Frank Koeller of Coopersburg, Pa.

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