John L. ?Jack? Keefe, Jr., 77, of Monaca, passed away peacefully surrounded by four generations of his loving Irish clan on Monday, November 30, 2009, in Heritage Valley Beaver.
Jack was born January 23, 1932, in Rochester, son of the late John L. Sr. and Muriel (Boyd) Keefe. Affectionately known as ?Uncle Jack? he was a lifetime resident of Monaca and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca.
Jack had retired from Teledyne Vasco after 40 years of dedicated service and was a job steward for United Steel Workers local union. He also served his community as a 4th Ward councilman for the Boro of Monaca and was elected as representative to the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Jack was also a former member of the Monaca Library Board.
Jack loved sports evidenced by being former president of St. John?s Athletic Association, coaching Monaca Pony League baseball, proudly coached with his son, Shawn Keefe as an offensive and defensive line coach with the Monaca Little Indians football team and was a member of the Monaca Little Indians football association for over 40 years. He played semi-pro football for the Ambridge AA?s in the late 1950s through the early 1960s. His love of the outdoors was shown in his many years of hunting and fishing shared with his son, nephews and friends and his membership in the Beaver Valley Sportsmen?s Club, Monaca.
Socially Uncle Jack was a former member of VFW Post 128 in Rochester, a member of Beaver County Genealogical Society and a lifetime member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians of America, Inc. He loved reading and was always known to be reading several books at a time.
Jack was extremely proud of his Irish heritage, loving all things ?Irish?, including his family shield of Dungiveh, Ireland . He was a passionate fan of the fighting Irish of Notre Dame, having passed on the passion onto his children and grandchildren.
He was the loving husband of the former Mary Louise O?Connor, whom he married on January 12, 1957, at St. Joseph?s Catholic Church, West Aliquippa. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Sheila Louise (Dr. Kendrick) Bashor of Akron, OH, Sandra Lee (Alfred) Kelley of Kent, OH and Shawn Robert Keefe of Monaca; four grandchildren who were the love of his love, Gretchen Lee, Jonathan, Abigail and Benjamin, all of Akron; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Patricia and Steven Crnkovich fo Center Twp. and Lois Jean and George Pannell of Virginia; a brother-in-law, Phillip Fosset and his children, Kathy Kelly and P.J. Fossett, all of Monaca. He was a proud godfather to Nancy Ayad, P.J. Fossett, Sherry Rapchak and Daniel Coleville. Many loving nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his only sibling, Patricia Fossett and a sister-in-law, Dr. Kay O. Rosenlieb.
Jack always believed in helping others. In that spirit, the family has suggested that in lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to St. John the Baptist Catholic School, 15th St. and Virginia Ave., Monaca, PA 15061, or the Monaca Public Library, 609 Pennsylvania Ave., Monaca, PA 15061
The family would like to thank Dr. K. N. Shetty, Dr. R. Kaul and Cheryl Lindsey, N.P. for their compassionate care helping Jack to maintain his dignity in the past few years of his illness. We are also grateful to nurses Connie Kennedy, Chris Williams, Doug, Ron, Chrissy, Sheila, Cheryl and Stacy of the critical care unit of Heritage Valley Beaver.
Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where prayers will be offered Friday at 930 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca.
Full Military honors will be provided by the Beaver County Special Unit following the mass on Friday at 10:45 am outside the church.
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