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Joaquina J. Keller

Joaquina J. Keller (Josephine, Mom), a longtime resident of New Rochelle, passed away Tuesday night, October 23, 2018. She was 86. She was a devoted and loving mother to her children, Jacqueline Keller and Kirk A. Keller.
Joaquina was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. She was one of 13 children. She grew up on her parents’ farm and as a child rode a horse with two of her sisters every day to school a couple of miles away. She was a graduate of the University of Havana (earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting). In 1962, Joaquina left Cuba on her own with the clothes on her back (as that was all she was allowed to bring) for a better life in the United States. She attended New York University at night where she learned to speak and write English proficiently. One by one she claimed most of her brothers and sisters and their families from Cuba and brought them to the United States. She had a strong character and was very determined and focused during her lifetime. She worked as a commercial accountant.
Joaquina loved to bake homemade birthday cakes for her children and nieces and nephews over the years. She had a green thumb and in her spare time loved to garden and it showed as her flowers consistently bloomed.
Joaquina is survived by her children and daughter-in-law Joan. She will be missed by her children and all who loved her.

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