Dolores "Dee" Keane, 84, of Bloomfield, formerly of Montclair, died of cancer on Dec. 1.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in Saint Cassian Church, 187 Bellevue Ave., followed by interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.
Visitation is on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the LaMonica Memorial Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston.
Dolores Nance Dastole was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Joseph and Anne Dastole. She went to New York University, from which she graduated in 1949 with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in French and history.
After she graduated, she and James Keane were married, and lived overseas in Caracas, Venezuela, and Milan, Italy, before settling in Montclair.
Mrs. Keane became a popular teacher for nearly a decade at Saint Cassian School, and then, in 1979, began educating young people at Lacordaire Academy. There she conveyed her love of Shakespeare, English literature, and the humanities to countless young women and helped prepare and inspire them to pursue their own college degrees. She was also the moderator of the school's newspaper and literary magazine.
A dedicated Eucharistic Minister at Saint Cassian Church, Mrs. Keane retired from teaching in 1997, and in 2011 was honored by Lacordaire with the Lumen Award for her dedication to scholarship and leadership.
Mrs. Keane was predeceased in 1985 by her husband of 36 years, James Keane; a daughter-in-law, Eileen; and grandchildren, Danny and Sean. She is survived by her sons, Jim and his wife Barbara Jean; Ken, husband of the late Eileen; and the Rev. Bill and his wife Lisa Bachiochi; and her daughter, Jane and her husband Doug Truemner; grandchildren, Amanda, Billy, Nicolas, Erin, and Niue; and great-grandchildren, Tennessee and Nikola.
Published in The Montclair Times on Dec. 7, 2012