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Elderly woman attacked in home invasion

93-year-old suffers major injuries after brutal attack during robbery at her farm

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:29 am, Tue Nov 6, 2012.

A 93-year-old grandmother, who lives on a farm south of Lodi, is suffering from major injuries after being brutally attacked during a home invasion robbery Sunday morning, according to police.

The attack happened on the 3800 block of E. Armstrong Road near Micke Grove Road at about 11:15 a.m. Sunday, and police are looking for information on the crime.

Irene Keszler was home alone while her husband, John, was in their cherry orchard checking on their crop, her grandson, Robert Keszler said.

According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, one or more people forced their way into the home, striking Irene Keszler in the face multiple times and causing severe facial injuries.

Her grandson said she has a fractured neck, nasal and facial fractures and an eye injury, and that she is currently at UC Davis Medical Center in a coma.

"Grandma is the matriarch of our family. My grandparents are the glue that holds this family together," Robert Keszler said. "That someone would come and nearly beat her to death for a little bit of silver and a TV, that is incomprehensible that someone is so without morals."

Irene Keszler has not been able to provide investigators with details of the attack or a suspect description, Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said. The suspect or suspects stole her purse, with multiple credit cards and ID cards.

Irene Keszler's daughter, Sally, said her mother was attacked near the same time that The Giro d' Vino Bicycle Wine Tour race was going down Armstrong Road because her mother was watching the bikers, she said. The family hopes someone may have seen the suspects driving out of the driveway or entering the home.

Robert Keszler said his grandmother has always been active in the community. Irene and John Keszler were married 71 years ago, and since then they have lived in the same house on Armstrong Road. The couple grows grapes and cherries.

The couple has three children and five grandchildren. They have also been involved at Lodi Fairmont Seventh-day Adventist Church and are the oldest couple at the church. Irene Keszler serves food at the LOEL Center and Gardens, and only recently stopped driving because her eyes were getting weak.

"They are pillars in the community, and they are just completely outstanding people," Robert Keszler said.

His grandmother is strong, Robert Keszler said, and he believes she will make it through the injuries. But the Keszler family is hoping the police will be able to arrest whoever did this to their matriarch.

"We are hoping someone will feel guilty and has a twitch of decency and will turn them in," he said. "They are everything to our family and to see her hurt so grievously is difficult."

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  • Ronald Anderson posted at 3:06 pm on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    Gary Posts: 1

    It is a very sad day when we have cowards like this that would beat a 93 old women.
    I live not very far from this location and intend on improving our security systems.
    I would like to see others in the area put up monies for a reward for the capture and
    conviction of the animals that did this. I personally would put up $1,000.00
    I pray for her recovery

  • mira woodworth posted at 6:37 pm on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    mira woodworth Posts: 1

    I have posted this story on by facebook and asked my local friends to pass it on. I'm hoping others see this comment and do the same to help get the word out. My deepest sympathy to the Keszler family - I shudder to think what these horrible people will do next.

  • Katrina Ward posted at 2:00 pm on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    Thankful Tenant Posts: 4

    I hope these individuals are caught and put in prision for many years. I have known Irene for over 8 years, she is the kindess and caring person I have ever met, and she means so much to so many people. If anyone knows anything, maybe seen a car in the area on that date, please call the local athorities. I will be praying for Irene and praying for the quick capture of these horrible people.

  • Katrina Ward posted at 1:52 pm on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    Thankful Tenant Posts: 4

    I hope these individuals are caught, and prosecuted to FULL extent of the law. Irene is an incrediable person, I have known her for over 8 years

  • Hope Brand posted at 2:52 pm on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    hopelucelle Posts: 1

    I am incredibly saddened and completely disturbed that this could happen. My heart goes out to her and her family and I pray and hope that the people or person involved is caught and brought to justice!

  • jeff brandt posted at 2:47 pm on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    jeff brandt Posts: 7

    This is a truly revolting incident. If you have ANY info regarding the case, please pass it on. This vermin needs to be caught.

  • Kell Odo posted at 5:22 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    Kelly O'Donnell Posts: 2

    This makes me physically ill. What kind of monster does something like this?? I hope they catch these revolting creatures!!



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