Jean Keefer-Wise

Jean Keefer-Wise

Inducted 2003

Major Contributions to the Ravenn School District

  Jean Marcein Keefer-Wise, daughter of Maurice Keefer and Blanche Laurenteen Bohecker, was born in Kent but lived most of her life in Ravenna.  She graduated from Ravenna High in 1943 after having been active in marching band, debate team, state speech tournaments, Forensic League, Quill and Scroll, Girl Reserves, Red Cross, library assistant, and social activities.  She had been in Rainbow Girls, Eastern Star, church and sports activities, and war bond drives.

   After graduation Jean attended the University of Wisconsin; graduated from Bohecker's Business College; attended programs offered by IBM, New York Speedwriting Intitute, and Gregg School in Chicago; and was active in seminars and conventions.  She was Director of Bohecker's from 1950-1998 when she retired.

   Mrs. Wise was active in organizations including being president of Zeta Mu Chapter of Alpha Iota Sorority, and she took leadership roles in PTO, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H and county saddle clubs.  Jean's city and county involvements included being Allocations Chair, Division C Chair, and Council Member of the United Way drives; she served as vice chairman for four terms during membership in the Portage Private Industry Council; and she was a member of the State JTPA Commiittee.  She was a charter member of the Ravenna Ballon A-Fair commiittee, elected prestident of the Chamber of Commerce in 1983, named Outstanding Woman in 1984, and was made a life member of the Chamber in 1986.  She intiated the Blanche Bohecker Keefer Brown Scholarship Fund.