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Shirr Keithan

Shirr (Couden) Keithan, age 71, of 1240 Numidia Drive, Catawissa (Numidia) died at 1:17 p. m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Born in Reading on January 2, 1950, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Alberdina (Stagg) Couden, Sr.

Shirr was a 1968 graduate of Governor Mifflin High School in Shillington and also attended Mansfield University. She resided in Numidia since 1988.

She was last employed as a baker by Rohrbach Farm Market in Catawissa. She also was self employed as a seamstress working from her home making clothes and doing alterations and even some upholstery work. Early in her life she was a professional singer and played the trumpet in several bands, the last being “Diamond”.

Shirr was a member of the Numidia Valley Bible Fellowship Church in Numidia.

She was always happy and enjoyed making jokes that kept her family in stitches, as well as everyone else.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H. Keithan, on January 19, 2016 and by a brother John R. Couden, Jr.

She is survived by her son, Justin Keithan and his wife Ali, Red Lion, by three grandsons: Chance Keithan and Tristan Keithan, of Red Lion and Caleb Cedeno, Benton; and by a sister-in-law, Norma Couden, Union Hall, Virginia.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a time to be announced.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg.

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Shirr always had a smile on her face and joy in heart. She was an active member of her church family and such a blessing to them. Our son, CW, has fond memories of spending time in her home as Justin's friend. I'm sure Shirr is now singing with the angels and entertaining them with her many jokes! Fly Away!

Pastor Don and Sharon Snyder Jan 25 2021 12:00 AM

Shirr was always such a great joy to be around - she always had something funny to say. I have many happy memories of Shirr singing together in church, teaching Sunday school and working at church dinners. She was a true blessing to all those that knew her.

Marianne Meiss Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to the family of Shirr Keithan. My wife and I met her when we moved in our home. She was a very upbeat and friendly person.

Leon & Cindy McHugh Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I met Shirr when I was a kid at Sunday school at my church in rural Numidia, PA. She was a very kind, fun, and giving woman. She always made me laugh and it was my pleasure serving with her over the years at events like the Memorial Day Chicken Dinner. I remember helping her clean out an old farm house in Numidia once, and I just remember her being so funny. She was a kind woman and will be missed.

Mitch Fetterman Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Our condolences to the family. We know her from Rohrbachs. Homer and Alice Walter

Homer Walter Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM