August 14, 1925 ~ December 9, 2017

Born in: Schlitz, Germany,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Annemarie Hahn Keller, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at The Lodge at Mills River. Born August 14, 1925, in Schlitz, Germany, Mrs. Keller was a young adult during World War II. She was educated in Germany and Poland, and she earned a doctoral degree in German Literature. After the war, she assisted U.S. troops as an interpreter. She moved to the United States in the 1950’s and lived in Virginia briefly before moving to North Carolina. She and her husband, Lt. Col. George H. Keller, USAF, lived in Gastonia, where Mrs. Keller worked for Lithium Corporation of America before they moved to Asheville in 1968. Mrs. Keller enjoyed playing bridge, knitting, reading, traveling, and participating in her church. She was perhaps best known for her storytelling, as she entertained and fascinated many people with her stories of the war and her German upbringing. Annemarie Keller was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Lt. Col. George H. Keller, USAF. She is survived by her twin sons, John Dudley of Maryland and George Dudley of Virginia. She was loved and cared for by her neighbors and members and staff of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The staff at The Lodge at Mills River provided tender care and affection during her last year. Annemarie’s intelligence, humor and spunk will be missed by those who knew her. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 2pm in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, where she will be interred with her husband, George. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or a charity of choice.

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  1. I had the pleasure of caring for, and growing to love Annemarie for several years. She had a strong and endearing presence. She shared her knowledge, and many interesting stories from a life worth living. She always made me laugh. I will remember her for her sense of humor and her kind spirit. She will be greatly missed by many.

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