Bernice H. Keelins

May 1, 1936 - October 9, 2021 Landenberg, PA | Age 85 Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend

BERNICE H. KEELINS, age 85, of Landenberg, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at her residence. She was the wife of Francis R. Keelins, with whom she shared 44 years of marriage.

Born in Buffalo, she was the daughter of the late Murton Hartsell and the late Violet Booker Hartsell.

She was a graduate of Alfred State College, Alfred, NY.

Bernice retired from the DuPont, May plant, after more than a decade, when she remarried and relocated along with her son to the Wilmington area.

She was truly a world traveler. She and her husband visited 54 countries and 42 states
Bernice and her husband were members of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, Avondale, PA.

In addition her husband Francis, she is survived by one son, Robert Underwood and his wife Renee of Wilmington, DE; three grandchildren, Sara and Matthew Underwood and Sean McMullan all of Wilmington, DE, and one sister, Shirley Kirby of Florida.

Her Memorial Mass and burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Bernice’s memory may be made to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, P.O. Box 709, Avondale, PA 19311

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Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

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St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church

P.O. Box 709
Avondale, PA 19311


Memorial Service

Services and burial will be held privately.


  1. Bernice was a very special friend. I feel so fortunate to be able to call her my friend. Because of her I started a journal and now have over 36 years of memories. I am not a reader but when she would love a book I would read and love it too. Thanks to Dumpy for giving her so many good leads on books. Her son Robert and his family were the love of her life. She took every opportunity to attend their sporting events. She loved to laugh and had a wonderful giggle as she would tell you a story. Bridge, games, crafts, books, candy maker, faith, friends and family sums up her life. I don’t think she ever realized how much she meant to all her friends. She will always have a special place in my heart.
    Rest In Peace. Much love, Bonnie

    Bonnie Siley | November 9, 2021 at 9:52 PM
  2. I never got to really know Bernice; though, I’ve lived in her community the past years. It’s a shame we rarely get into the “where did you go to college” conversations anymore as I went to Alfred University, across the street – literally – from Alfred State. I would have loved to have shared a conversation about our relatively unknown schools and how to find them.
    Debbie Williams

    Debbie Williams | October 16, 2021 at 9:56 AM
  3. Bernice was a very good friend. We shared our love for reading and exchanged books. She was a member of our Ladies Guild at St Mary’s and always made crafts for our Christmas Sale, many of them her own design and don’t forget the bake sale. Her Christmas candy was always very popular and she always saved some for me. She was always there to volunteer. Most of all, I enjoyed my visits these past few months, catching up on the latest gossip and enjoying my blueberry bran muffins. We shared many good memories and happy times. Bernice will be missed by many friends but especially me. Love & hugs, Rosemarie

    Rosemarie l Morris | October 14, 2021 at 10:30 AM
  4. Bernice and I were both members of the Ladies Guild at St. Mary of the Assumption. Bernice worked on crafts and always made her famous hockey pucks for our bake sale. She was very proud of her grandchildren and loved showing us their pictures. She was a kind soul. I will miss her. Rest In Peace Bernice. Love, Chris McManus

    Chris McManus | October 13, 2021 at 9:15 PM
  5. Bernice was a caring sister. I loved her very much. I miss her deeply already but I will always remember her laugh and her curiosity. In the past few weeks and months we shared many childhood memories.
    Much love and sympathy to Fran and Robert especially. She was a devoted wife and mother and a very proud grandmother
    Shirley Anderson Kirby

    Shirley Kirby | October 12, 2021 at 12:13 PM
  6. While I never met Bernice, I have worked with her son, Rob, for many years now. She raised a very kind and wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

    Debra Mitchell | October 12, 2021 at 12:10 PM
  7. Bernice was a wonderful lady and friend. We shared our love of books and discussed them through texts and emails . She always had a kind word and was excited to hear about my travels. I will miss her. My sympathy to Fran.

    Terri morris | October 12, 2021 at 7:44 AM
  8. Our deepest condolences. We love you all very much! Hugs and kisses are being sent your way!

    Nancy & Daniel Walder | October 12, 2021 at 6:16 AM

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