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Rejeanne Mary Keeley

October 14, 1937 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Rejeanne Keeley Obituary

Rejeanne Mary Keeley, 86 passed away peacefully on December 5, 2023, at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham, MA, surrounded by her beloved family. She was born in Manchester, N.H., the daughter of the late Adeline (Cantin) and Edward Keeley. Rejeanne was educated at St. Raphael’s Grammar School, St. Joseph Girls High School, and Mt. St. Mary College. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1955. While there, she taught school in Manchester, Franklin, Nashua, and Windham, N.H. She received her L.P.N from St. Joseph School of Practical Nursing and worked in Windham, N.H., Andover, MA, Lowell, MA, and Salem, N.H. From there, she had the opportunity to start the Neighbors in Need food program in the Greater Lawrence Area. Rejeanne was actively involved in St. Lucy's Parish, the Greater Lawrence Council of Churches, the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Methuen Board of Trade, Project Bread, The Walk for Hunger, Division 8 L.A.O.H, and several Social, Humanitarian, and Nursing associations. In 1988, she left the Sisters of Mercy to adopt a child, Rejeanne “Jeannie” Keeley, and later adopted Raeann (Martin) Keeley. She was also a foster mother to fifty children.

Rejeanne is survived by her two daughters, Rejeanne “Jeannie” Taylor and her husband Robert of Kingston, MA, and Raeann Keeley-Pellerin and her husband Dale of Plaistow, N.H., her two grandchildren Aaron and Abigail Taylor, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Rejeanne was predeceased by her brother Edward Keeley, his late wife Lorraine of Manchester, CT, and her sister Rose Fournier and her late husband John of Manchester, NH.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rejeanne's name can be made to Community Autism Resources, 40 Dean Street Unit A, Taunton, MA 02780 so they may continue supporting those with Autism.

Per Rejeanne's request, NO BLACK CLOTHING; she wants us to celebrate her life!

Calling hours are on Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 9-10:30am at the Dewhirst Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated following the calling hours at St. Lucy Parish, 254 Merrimack St, Methuen, MA. at 11:00 am on Saturday. There will be a private burial at a future date. To leave an online condolence, please visit Rejeanne’s tribute page at www.dewhirstbolesfuneral.com.

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Calling Hours
Saturday
December 16, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Dewhirst Boles Funeral Home and Cremation Service
80 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844

Funeral Mass
Saturday
December 16, 2023

11:00 AM
St Lucy Church
254 Merrimack St
Methuen+MA, MA 01844

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