Theresa Catherine Keane, 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in St Petersburg, Florida on October 1, 2014.
Terry was the daughter of the late Francis and Nora Mullaney and sibling to the late Richard (Helen) and William Mullaney. She was born on May 22, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the smiling bride of the late Hubert Joseph Keane on June 30, 1950 in Boston. They enjoyed a happy marriage of 37 years. She attended parochial schools in Boston and Business School at Boston College where she met her future husband.
Terry was a devout Roman Catholic. She was proud that she and her husband helped build parishes in nearly every stop on their adventurous life in retailing. Stops included the states of Massachusetts, Washington, California, Utah, Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida. They were quite pleased to find the beautiful Cathedral of St Jude already in place in St. Petersburg. She passed on the comfort-giving values that she learned from her own mother; including unshakeable loyalty to her family, a strong work ethic, resourcefulness, self-reliance, resilience and unparalleled friendliness. A life-long, die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, (As a youth, her father allowed her to play hooky and accompany him to Tuesday games, so she virtually grew up in Fenway Park.) when life presented her with a curveball she always kept things centered with a wonderful meal, straight talk, and easy laughter. Her boisterous sense of humor lives on in treasured family lore.
After a career as a strong, loving mother and raising six successful children to adulthood, she began a second career as a librarian for the City of St Petersburg. Terry was especially proud of the fact that she was there for the dawn of the computer age. While helping to convert the vast card catalogue to digital form, she became a rare representative of her generation who became a computer expert before her children. This was to the advantage of the large number of people she trained in what is now called computer science. She represented fellow librarians in their union. After over 25 years of service, she retired in 2002.
In retirement she enjoyed playing Bridge and scrabble. It will be remembered that she was an intelligent and fierce competitor who gave no quarter when it came to winning at her games. In fact, it has been discovered that her bookmark in the Scrabble Official Dictionary was a 3x5 card with every possible 2-letter combination written out. As their beloved Grammy, she also thoroughly doted on her 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren as much as they did her.
Theresa was predeceased by her husband Hubert (Hugh) and her eldest son, Michael J Keane. She is survived by her children: Mary Keane Reese (Michael) of Tarpon Springs, Patricia Keane Ostwalt (Daniel) of Troutman, NC, Kevin Francis Keane (Linda) of St Petersburg, James Paul Keane (Kathryn) of Tallahassee, and Brian Joseph Keane (Mindy) of Bradenton; her grandchildren: Christopher Ostwalt (Laura), Danielle Ostwalt Storms (Kevin), Jason Keane (Julie), Molly Keane Ross (Stephen), Patrick Keane, Dennis Keane, Callaghan Keane, Brian Bailey Keane, Gabriel Keane, Jeremiah Keane, Joshua Keane, Kayla Keane, Natalie Keane and a vast number of friends who loved her.
Friends will be received at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (Our Lady's Chapel) Saturday, Oct. 4th from 9:30AM to mass time at 10:30AM. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Suncoast Hospice.