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Dorothy Keenan

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Mar 262012
 

Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Keenan, 90, a resident of Davenport, Iowa, will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 916 E. Rusholme Street, Davenport.

Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, Davenport, with a Prayer Service at 4:00 p.m. to begin the visitation.  There will be an additional visitation in the Gathering Space at church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.  Dorothy died on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Keenan, 90, a resident of Davenport, Iowa, will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 916 E. Rusholme Street, Davenport.  Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, Davenport, with a Prayer Service at 4:00 p.m. to begin the visitation.  There will be an additional visitation in the Gathering Space at church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.  Dorothy died on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House surrounded by her family.

Dorothy Podlesak was born October 19, 1921 in Cicero, Illinois, the daughter of Martin and Mary (Libera) Podlesak.  A graduate of DePaul University, she was a secretary to the Treasurer of DePaul for eight years until she married John Emmett Keenan on May 5, 1951.  They made Davenport their home since then, celebrating 60 years of marriage this past year.

Dorothy’s focus was always on her family.  As the mother of six children and grandmother of sixteen grandchildren, she was active in the schools they attended.  She served as president of the St. Paul the Apostle PTA and also served on the Assumption High School Board.  Later, with the family widespread across the country, she arranged for annual family vacations.  Consequently, the family remained close and the cousins became best friends.  As a talented and accomplished cook, birthdays, holidays and family gatherings were continuously celebrated around her table.

Preceding her in death were her parents and sister, Virginia.  Dorothy is survived by her husband Emmett, children MaryBeth (Terry) Gorrell, Denver, CO, Kathleen (Scott) Burns, Manhattan Beach, CA, Ann (Mark) McCarthy, Norfolk, VA, Tim (Ann) Keenan, Edina, MN, Therese (Ben) Gerwe, Bettendorf, IA, Patrick (Judy) Keenan, Glenview, IL; sixteen precious grandchildren; and sisters Joan Pluchar, Carmel IN and Christine Dufour, Houston, TX.

Memorials may be made to Assumption High School or St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Dorothy’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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