Arcelia “Arcie” May Crupi-Keller (nee Bennett), 91, answered the Lord’s call to come Home on November 14, 2021.
Arcie was born Dec. 26, 1929, in Rhinelander, WI to William G. and Violet I. Bennett. She was raised in Rhinelander. After graduating from Rhinelander High School in 1948, Arcie moved to Milwaukee, where she worked for Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co., and sang with the company’s women’s chorale.
In one of Milwaukee’s soda shops, Arcie met the love of her life, Paul J. Crupi. Their marriage on Oct. 7, 1950 in Rhinelander began a lifetime of love, commitment, and dedication to each other and their five daughters. Arcie and Paul moved to Little Chute WI in 1961, then to Appleton in 1963, where they lived until Paul’s passing in 1983.
Arcie was the purchasing manager and general manager at Advance Industries, Div. of Overhead Door Co., for several decades, moving to Indiana with the company in 1986. In Indiana, she met Richard L. Keller. They married in 1992 and resided in Appleton until Ric’s death in 2009.
After returning to Wisconsin, Arcie worked briefly for Modern Plastics, Green Bay; Electronic Industries, Oshkosh, and Attorney Gordon Stillings, Neenah.
Always strong in her Christian faith, Arcie was a long-time member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Appleton, where she lived her faith in service, and formed many lasting friendships. Arcie’s passions were birds and gardening, where she often said she was closer to God than anywhere else on earth.
Arcie is survived by her daughters: Paula (the late Robert) Uhlenbrauck, Appleton, WI; Toni (Robert) Hoh, Little Chute, WI; Jerri Mosher, Wautoma, WI; Kristen Crupi (LeRoi Smith IV), Centennial, CO.; and Holly (Scott) Koerner, Allenton, WI, as well as four beloved stepchildren. Also surviving their ‘Nonnie’ are 11 grandchildren: Trisha (Dan) Davies, Luke (Mary) Hoh, Lance (Chelsey) Hoh, Chelsea Hoh Rademaker, Jesse (Laurana) Hoh, Lynn (Rocky) Drozd, Andrea (Andrew) Wittchow, LeRoi Smith V, Anthony Koerner, and Allison Koerner, along with 17 great-grandchildren. Arcie is further survived by her sister, Victoria (Jack) Schubert, sisters-in-law Janet Bennett, Joy Bennett, and Dolly (Jay) Olson, special niece Gayle (Doc) Sultzbaugh, and many other nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Preceding Arcie in death are her parents; husbands Paul J. Crupi and Richard L. Keller; grandson Jeffrey Laszewski; brothers Freeman and Donald Bennett; son-in-law Robert Uhlenbrauck; great-grandson RJ Drozd; great-granddaughter Emersyn Wittchow; sister-in-law and special friend, Mary Ann Crupi; and nephew Jerry Crupi.
The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers and hospice nurse, Nina at St. Paul Elder Services, Kaukauna, for the compassionate care and kindness given to Arcie and her family the past several months.
Visitation for Arcie will be held at Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel, 1592 Oneida Street, Menasha, on Thursday November 18 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral services for Arcie will be held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 3009 N. Meade Street, on Friday at 12 Noon. Additional visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of services. Private interment at Highland Memorial Park. A memorial fund is being established in Arcie’s name.