Rose Mary (Schwab) Keenan Long, 90, formerly of Bozeman, passed away on Oct. 14, 2016, at her home at St. Anthony's Village in Portland, Oregon.
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A Bozeman native, she was born to Lucy and John Schwab on Sept. 25, 1926 and had just celebrated her 90th birthday last month with over 60 family and friends. She attended Bozeman Holy Rosary Schools and graduated in 1944. She married William John "Bill" Keenan on June 23, 1947 and dedicated her life to her husband and six sons.
Together, Rose Mary and Bill owned and operated Dixon's Paint Store until their retirement in 1978. They moved to Spokane in 1978 and returned to Bozeman a few years later after their youngest son Rob graduated from Gonzaga Prep. Rose Mary was a strong supporter of catholic education and served in many volunteer capacities at Holy Rosary and Resurrection Parishes. She was fixture at all the school functions, plays, concerts and athletic events for over 20 years. She was also a longtime supporter of Gonzaga University and Gonzaga Prep education efforts, and many of her children and grandchildren have carried on her tradition by attending Gonzaga University. Bill passed away in 1988 and, in 1992, Rose Mary married her child hood acquaintance and fellow parishioner Mervy Long. He passed away in 2008 and Rose Mary moved to Portland to be closer to her family there.
She is survived by her six sons Rob, Bill, John, Rick, Pete and Kevin and their spouses and partners, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren as well as her sister Theresa Theisen, brother Joe Schwab and literally hundreds of Schwab, Theisen and Keenan family members.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Bill and Mervy; her parents Lucy and John Schwab; her brother John "Jack" Schwab and her great grandson Liam Moran.
The Vigil service with recitation of the Rosary will be held at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27. Mass will be Celebrated at Resurrection Catholic Church at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 with burial to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery, followed by a reception. Friends may call to pay their respects at Dahl Funeral Chapel beginning at 9am all throughout the day on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Memorial contributions in Rose Mary's honor are suggested to the Gonzaga Preparatory School, 1224 East Euclid Avenue, Spokane, WA 99207 or to St. Anthony's Village for the benefit of their memory care program, 3560 SE 79th, Portland, OR 97206.
Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Washington and Dahl Funeral Chapel of Bozeman, Montana are jointly caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com or www.dahlcares.com .
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 23, 2016