Ellen Phyllis Keirsbilck



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Rochester: Passed away, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at age 85. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Richard (Dick) D. Keirsbilck; six children: Wendy (Garry) Hutchurson, Barbara (Robert) Bennett, Richard S. Keirsbilck, Mary Ellen (Richard) Bennett, Patti (Charles) Sawyer, and John (Melinda) Keirsbilck; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Claire Kleinhans. Polly volunteered for many years with Meals On Wheels, Rochester Area Multiple Schlerosis (RAMS), and Catholic Charities STAR Program, among others. Polly’s visitation will be held Monday (November 11th) 4-8 PM at Vay-Schleich and Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Rd. Greece Chapel. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday (November 12th) 9:30 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Ave. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 2461 Lake Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Polly’s memory to Visiting Nurse Service. For more information or to sign Polly’s online guestbook, please visit Meesonfamily.com.


  1. Kathy Farrell on November 9, 2013 at 12:00 am

    John, Melinda, Danny, Josh, Jason and family, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers regarding the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. Kathy Farrell

  2. Andrea Damery on November 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Mary Ellen, I’m sending love and prayers your way for you and yours in the hope you will find comfort and peace in this time of grief. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother.

  3. Bob and Linda on November 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Our prayers are with all the family as they deal with the loss of your Mom.

  4. Darlene Schmitt on November 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

    What a beautiful lady. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mom, John. No matter how old we are, we still love being someone’s ‘child’. Melinda, I’m thinking of you and know how difficult this all must be right now. Danny, Josh and Jase, you were blessed to have such a lovely grandmother who I know loved you so much. Darlene, Ken, Austin, Lauren and Madison xoxo

  5. sue beach/bissell on November 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

    so very sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. Keirsbilck, she and her husband are the source of many fond childhood memories stemming back the small grocery store they owned, they have the heart of every child in those neighborhoods during the 60s and 70s in my case. my prayers and condolences are sent your way.. so very sorry.

  6. Brenda Carpenter on November 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Jason, Josh, Danny, Melinda and John, my thoughts are with your family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother and grandmother.

  7. Kathy on November 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. I have some wonderful memories of your mom from when Joe and I first started dating. She was so loving and kind and made me feel right at home. She lives on thorugh you and your children. God Bless.
    Kathy D’Onofrio Coffey

  8. Carolyn Doe on November 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Mary Ellen I am so sorry for your loss but please know that your spa family is praying for you and your family.

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