Keller, Janet C.
(nee McBride) Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Beloved mother of Andy, Laura, Danny (Amy) and the late Mark; loving grandmother of Anna, Celia, Josie and Aiden; dear daughter of the late Tom and Wini; dear sister of Tom, Jr.; dearest friend of Janie; our dear aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend.
Janet was born in Lebanon Missouri, on January 5th, 1943, the oldest child and only daughter of Winifred Coleman and Tom McBride. She attended Lebanon High School and was given several awards for her work in musical theater and as a state champion as a part of their debate team. She was the first person, male or female, in her family to ever go to college.
She attended Southwest Missouri State and was a founding member of the tent theater group, which is still thriving today. She made friendships during her time at SMS that continued for the rest of her life. Most notably her dear friend Janie.
Janet moved to St. Louis in the spring of 1964 and got an apartment in Gaslight Square and quickly found work as a singer. She sang at Vanity Fair, The Cellar and Smokey Joe’s in the evening and took the street car to her day job as a secretary.
She built a successful business called Keller and Associates Public Relations which handled such accounts as Planet Hollywood St. Louis, The Mary Engelbreit Company, and the St. Louis International Film Festival. She wrote radio scripts for countless organizations, including the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. She was a creative and prolific writer, and wrote a regular humor column for a St. Louis Home Magazine called “1/2 Bubble Off.” She also was a regular contributor to St. Louis Magazine, writing about historic homes and neighborhoods.
Janet could play any song on the piano by ear. She could play show tunes, Christmas songs, or jazz – whatever was requested – off the top of her head. She could even play ragtime. And she was also a wonderful singer. She could sing anything from Ethel Merman to Carole King and had perfect pitch. She was always happy when she was singing.
Over the last few weeks, many of Janet’s friends have reached out or visited her, which she adored. Through it all, the word that came up over and over again was “funny.” She was funny. Her humor was sarcastic, silly, and self-effacing. Even through more sorrow than anyone should have to bear, those around her always found comfort in her humor. It was a part of everything in her life, and she will be deeply missed.
Services: Visitation at Kutis City Chapel, 2906 Gravois, Saturday, August 24, from 1 p.m. till service at 2:30. Memorials to de Greeff Hospice House appreciated.