Carol Mae Elizabeth (Spier) Kean


December 14, 1929 ~ September 16, 2020


Carol Mae Elizabeth (Spier) Kean, 90, of Dawson, Nebraska was born on December 14, 1929, in Steinauer, Nebraska to Ferdinand and Marie (Eichenberger) Spier. She attended country school and graduated from Pawnee City High School with the class of 1947. After graduating, Carol began teaching in a country school, then took college courses to receive her teaching certificate at Peru State College.

On November 30, 1957, Carol was united in marriage to Philip Kean at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dawson, Nebraska. Six children were born to this union: Don, Joy, Julie, Judy, Ron and Jon. The couple began their marriage raising their family on a farm 2 miles east of Dawson. While living in Dawson, Carol was a kindergarten teacher at Dawson public school for several years. She was librarian and taught Story Hour at the John G. Smith Memorial Library in Dawson for many years. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother who cherished her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, raising poultry and embroidery. Carol passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Falls City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Falls City, Nebraska having reached the earthly age of ninety years, nine months and two days. She was preceded in death by her parents. Carol is survived by her loving husband of sixty-two years Phil Kean of Dawson, sons: Don Kean and wife Bonnie of Falls City, Ron Kean of Belleville, WI; Jon Kean and wife Kellee of Salem, daughters: Joyce Huppert and husband Mark of Dawson, Julie Martinosky and husband Scott of Nebraska City, Judy Parrish and husband Doug of Falls City, 17 grandchildren; 8 greatgrandchildren; sister-in-law Rose Kean of Stewartville, MN; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass was held at

10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sep tember 21, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dawson, Nebraska with Father Kenneth Hoesing officiating.

Visitation was from 1-8 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at the Wherry Mortuary, 207 N. Nemaha Street, in Humboldt, Nebraska. Family greeted friends from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary.

Interment was at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Dawson, Nebraska.

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Services were entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-207 N. Nemaha ST.-Humboldt, NE 68376 (402) 862-2915

Pallbearers were Jeff and Greg Huppert, Jacob, Josh, Sawyer and Travis Kean, and Trevor and Ethan Martinosky. Honorary pallbearers are Maggie Barnhill, Antonia Harring, Bridget Heine, Kelsie Kean, Britney Lehmkuhl, Morgan Martinosky, Rachel and Lauren Parrish, and Jordan Shadwick.