Published 1:10 am, Friday, August 6, 2010
Jean (McKenna) O'Keefe
Jean (McKenna) O'Keefe, of Harwich Port, Mass., and Delray Beach, Fla., died July 18, surrounded by her family.
The daughter of Theresa (Rogers) McKenna and William J. McKenna, she was born and educated in Worcester, Mass. She graduated from Regis College and received her Master's Degree in Education from Worcester State College. She taught in Shrewsbury and Worcester prior to getting married.
With her husband, Richard T. O'Keefe, who died in 2001, she raised her family in such locations as Carmel, Calif., Nanuet, N.Y., Stamford and New Canaan.
Mrs. O'Keefe was president of the New Canaan Woman's Club and on the boards of many philanthropic organizations. She also taught religious education at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan.
Mr. and Mrs. O'Keefe traveled extensively during his career in the FBI and also as security director of Texaco and Olin Chemical. They retired to Harwich Port in 1990.
She is survived by her two daughters, Kathleen O'Keefe and Maureen Capuano; her six sons, John (and his wife, Paula), Richard (and his wife, Caryn), William (and his wife, Ann), Brian (and his wife, Sharman), Kevin (and his wife, Karen), Brendan (and his wife, Melanie) and 13 grandchildren.
The funeral Mass was held at the Holy Trinity Church on Friday, July 23, with burial in the Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich.
Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. O'Keefe's name to The Family Pantry, 133 Queen Anne Road, Harwich, MA 02645 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601 or the Holy Trinity Church P.O. Box 428 West Harwich, MA 02671.
Notes of sympathy and comfort may be made to the family at www.MorrisOConnorBlute.com.