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Elderly woman attacked in home invasion

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


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."