Paula Keenan

Paula Marie Keenan, 60, of Cedar Rapids passed away peacefully at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Cedar Rapids December 6, 2015, following a long courageous battle with illness. A memorial service was held Friday, December 11 at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Steve Knudson officiating.
Paula was born September 18, 1955 in Waukon to Ralph and Barbara (Joy) Keenan. She married the love of her life, Connie Splitgerber, May 18, 2015 as the capstone of a 20-year relationship. Paula graduated from Waukon High School in 1973, and earned an Associate of Arts degree from Kirkwood Community College. She worked for the Cedar Rapids Water Department for 27 years.
Paula enjoyed reading, music, and was a rabid Green Bay Packers fan. She was also an award-winning writer.
Paula is survived by her wife, Connie; her sister, Patricia Keenan, and nephew, Justin Hayward, both of Springfield, VA; her sister-in-law, Patricia (James) Caldwell, her niece, Deb (Gary) Polum, and her great-nephew, Tyler Polum, all of Shawano, WI; and her great-niece, Tracy (Mike Recore, Jr.) Caldwell and their children, Riley and Cashton, of Appleton, WI.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Robert and Lorraine Splitgerber; her grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth Keenan and Walter and Marie Joy; and a brother-in-law, LeRoy Splitgerber.
Paula was particularly grateful for the friendship of Heather Wagner, Michael Holmes, Andrea Ryan and Melanie Stahlberg, MD, as well as her many cousins. She was loved by all and will be truly missed by her friends and family.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at under Obituaries.