Skip to main content

The Plymouth community is raising support for a local teacher after his wife and mother of their five children died suddenly due to toxic shock syndrome. 

Heidi Keiser died Saturday after the sudden onset of streptococcal toxic shock, which led to sepsis and organ failure, according to family members. 

Her husband, Dr. Kevin Keiser, is a history and religion teacher at Providence Academy's Upper School in Plymouth. 

"We mourn deeply," the academy shared in a statement Tuesday. "Heidi was a brilliant, faithful, loving mother of five, whom she homeschooled. And together with Kevin, the Keisers were great witnesses to Christian marriage and fully integrated disciples of Christ." 

The couple had five children, ranging in age from 11 months to 14 years, according to a GoFundMe page

"Kevin is now widowed having to take care of the five children himself," brother Anthony Keiser shared on the fundraising page. 

According to the GoFundMe and CaringBridge sites, Kevin was only 13-years-old and the oldest of six children when his own mother died in a car accident on an icy bridge. 

"He watched as his father had to navigate a new normal, and now Kevin has to find the same for his own children," Anthony Keiser shared. 

The GoFundMe page had raised nearly $180,000 for the Keiser family as of Wednesday afternoon. 

Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, life-threatening complication of some bacterial infections, according to Mayo Clinic. Symptoms may include a sudden high fever and low blood pressure.

Next Up

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.

ShutterflyGoogle

Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.

millcitymuseum_hr1

Mill City Museum in the running to be named best history museum in the U.S.

The museum offers scenic views of the Mississippi River.

HolmgrenMugRamseyCo

Man charged with attempted murder of White Bear Lake police officer

Daniel Holmgren Jr., 33, was being served an arrest warrant at the time of the incident.

image

Gallery: 1,000-acre Wisconsin resort listed for nearly $4.3M

The lush landscape features a creek and private lake.

school bus

Alert after Woodbury students approached by strangers asking if they want candy

Valley Crossing Elementary School urged parents to go over safety information with their children in response to the incident.

basketball unsplash stock

North St. Paul basketball cancels Eden Prairie game after opposing coach's reinstatement

Head Coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he let his players decide amongst themselves.

Pixabay - school - classroom

These are the nominees for 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Education Minnesota has nominated 131 teachers from across the state.

Related

Betty and Dakota Smith

Support for family after mother, son killed in crash on icy MN highway

The 32-year-old mother leaves behind three other children, two of whom who were also injured in the crash.

Screen Shot 2023-01-10 at 12.59.47 PM

Baby born after mother fatally shot in Lakeville has died

The boy died late Tuesday, according to police.

lake water

Minnesota father-of-five dies in drowning accident in Iowa

It happened at a campground in Sioux County, Iowa.

Screen Shot 2023-01-10 at 12.59.47 PM

New murder charge filed after newborn died 9 days after mother fatally shot

Dakota County prosecutors have amended charges against Donte McCray.

Screen Shot 2022-10-11 at 12.32.19 PM

Plymouth Middle School placed in brief lockdown after Tuesday threat

The email to families was sent just after 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

FLickr - minneapolis police - Tony Webster - Feb 2020 - crop

2 children safe after mother abducts them in Minneapolis

The 18-year-old mother was on a court-ordered supervised visit.

Screen Shot 2022-10-27 at 8.48.48 AM

Support for family of 10-year-old boy who died falling from tree

Robert Elmberg Jr., died after falling from a tree in Turtle Lake Township last week.