Frederick D. Keil

August 31, 2012

CLAYTON, N.Y.  —  Frederick D. Keil, 62, of Theresa Street, died Thursday, Aug. 30, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. 

The funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at St. Mary’s Church with Ft. Arthur LaBaff officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Clayton American Legion will be in Barnes Cemetery in the Ttwn of Alexandria. Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Born Oct. 20 1949, in Buffalo, the son of Frederick and Florence Zachowicz Keil, he graduated from Buffalo schools and entered the where he served in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged April 29, 1970.

After his discharge, Fred graduated from Erie Community College. He went to work at St. Regis and Bethlehem Steel Factories in Buffalo. He then moved to Rochester and worked at Gleason Works. In 1988, he became a N.Y.S. corrections officer and retired after 24 years in January 2010.

Mr. Keil was a past commander of the American Legion Colon Couch Post 821 where he was also a member of the color guard.

He enjoyed camping, NASCAR, golfing, fishing and baseball.

After his first marriage ended in divorce, he married Barbara J. Umstead Nicholas on Sept. 25, 2004, in Alexandria Bay.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Amanda (Tim) Elder and Carrie (Scott) Mattoon, Rochester; a step-son. Jamie Nicholas, Clayton; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

A step-son, Daniel Nicholas Jr., died Aug. 17, 2005. Two sisters, Cathy Haymen and Carol Jarworski, also died before him.

Condolences may be made at

Information provided by T.R. Jetty Funeral Home and, Watertown, N.Y.