Hudson – Helen M. O”Keefe, 99, died on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Worcester. She was the beloved wife of 53 years to the late Joseph O”Keefe, who died in 1997.
Born in Boston, daughter of the late John Buckley and Jenny Nugent, she attended the Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing in Boston and received her degree in Nursing in 1935 and also attended Boston College. She was a veteran of World War II, serving as a member of the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps until being honorably discharged in 1944.
Mrs. O”Keefe was employed as a nurse for many years, which included Director of Nursing at the Katherine Barton Nursing Home in Wayland, and was also employed on the nursing staff of Wellesley College.
She and her husband, Joseph, resided in Natick for most of their married life and also spent time residing in Cotuit and Chatham on the Cape. She has resided in Hudson since 1992. She was a member of Saint Michael's Parish in Hudson.
She is survived by her two sons, Paul O”Keefe and his wife Marcia of Hudson and Kenneth O”Keefe and his wife Cara of Cape Coral, Fla. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Kathleen Kenny and her husband Joseph of Westborough, Patricia Pelletier and her partner Bryan Poisson of Milton, N.H., Mary Clausen and her husband Bill of Westborough, Michael O”Keefe and his wife Amber of Morristown, Tenn., Robert O”Keefe of Atlanta, Ga., and her six great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m., in Saint Michael's Church, 21 Manning St., Hudson. Burial will follow in Forestvale Cemetery of Hudson. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 8 to 8:45 a.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., 50 Central St., of Hudson
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.