Russell Keating Jr.
Russell B. Keating Jr., 67, of Middletown, peacefully entered into rest surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Harrisburg Hospital.
He was born on February 18, 1948 and was the son of the late, Russell B. Sr. and Giovina “Juena” Carestia Keating.
Russell was a Public Relations Director for AFSCME Council 13 for 30 years and later worked as a lobbyist for the AFL-CIO. He was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, American Legion Post 594 and the Knights of Columbus Council 3501, all of Middletown. Russell was a former athletic director of the Seven Sorrows Athletic Association and coached baseball for Lower Swatara Township. He enjoyed reading, writing, golfing, and Penn State football, but there was nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with his family.
Russell grew up in Palo Alto, Pa. and was proud to be a coal cracker. He was a graduate of Pottsville High School where he was a member of the undefeated 1964 Crimson Tide Football Team considered by many to be the best team ever fielded by the school. He played football at Manlius Preparatory School in Syracuse, N.Y. prior to enlisting and serving in the United States Army from 1967-1970. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at Penn State and his Master’s Degree in Communications at Shippensburg University.
Russell is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Bonnie Lou Gebert Keating; three sons Russell B. III, husband of Sarah Blumenthal Keating of Lancaster and their children: Russell B. IV, Luca E. and Grace G. Keating, Dr. Brian F., husband of Rachelle Russo Keating of Middletown and their children Joseph L., Michael “Tally”, and Brody E. Keating, and Kyle P. Keating of Lemoyne; sister Carol Ann, wife of Paul Reichwein of Lady Lakes, Fla.; two brothers Kevin J. Keating and Theresa Torpey Keating of Pottsville, Pa. and Michael R. Keating and Cathi J. Notaro of Easton, Pa.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Race & Conewago Sts, Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant.
Viewing was on Sunday, July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home, Middletown, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass in the Narthex of Seven Sorrows Church.
Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery, Harrisburg, with Military Honors provided by the Dauphin County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Seven Sorrows B.V.M. School, 280 North Race St., Middletown, PA 17057.
The family has entrusted the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown to handle the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.