Dru Keene

April 8, 1962 - October 20, 2014
Traverse City, MI



Friday, October 24, 2014
10:00 AM EDT
Harbor Light Christian Center
4050 Barnes Rd
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 933-0700


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

National Ataxia Foundation
2600 Fernbrook lane North Suite 119
Minneapolis, MN 55227
(763) 553-0020
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-5761
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Blossom Shop
1023 E. Eighth St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 932-9470
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Life Story / Obituary


Dru Ellen Keene (Ostrowski) died Monday, October 20, 2014 in Traverse City, Michigan, from complications of the disease Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1).

Dru was born on April 8, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Richard Bernard and Marilyn Josephine (Brown) Ostrowski.

She attended Traverse City Saint Francis and graduated in 1980 from Traverse City Senior High.

She also graduated from North Lake Community College, Dallas Texas.

Dru was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed employment positions in the construction and medical industries. Her last position was at the Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital. Dru loved to entertain family on their birthdays and during the holidays.

Dru is survived by her husband, Bryan R. Keene; they were married in 1985; children, Peter C. Keene, Emily C. Keene, Bridget C. Keene and Christopher B. Keene; mother, Marilyn Ostrowski; siblings, Pam (Charles) Lerchen, Chris (Denise) Ostrowski, Peter Ostrowski, Martin (Barbara) Ostrowski, and twins, Allison (Jason) Desroches and Amy (Ben) Rollins.

The family would like to thank Dru's in home caregivers, Patricia Pickard and Stacey Howe for the great care they gave her and how they became part of our family.

She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Ostrowski.

A celebration of Dru's life will be held 10:00am, Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Harbor Light Christian Center with Rev. Peter J. Moon officiating with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the national Ataxia Foundation at the official website www.ataxia.com. Please visit Dru's webpage at www.lifestorynet.org to sign the guest book and share a message or memory with her family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.