Dorothy Keegan

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Dorothy Maxine Keegan was born Aug. 3, 1922, the daughter of John and Ruby Newton Gaffney, on her parents' farm, northeast of Winthrop. She grew up on the farm, received her early education in a one room country school, and graduated from Winthrop High School with the class of 1939. Upon graduation, she attended Iowa State Teachers' College, in Cedar Falls, where she received her Elementary Teachers' Certificate. For three years she taught at the same country school that she had attended.
On June 29, 1942, Dorothy was united in marriage to Lawrence D. Keegan, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, in Winthrop. To this union was born two children: Karen and James. After 47 years of marriage Lawrence died in 1989.
Attending Upper Iowa University, in Fayette, she received a B.A. degree in Elementary Education. She taught in rural schools in Buchanan County, at the Masonville Public School, and finally at Lambert School, in Manchester. After teaching for 32 years, she retired in 1984.
She was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Ladies' Guild, the Ascension Council of Catholic Daughters of America, Iowa State Education Association, West Delaware Retired Teachers' Association, C & C Club of Winthrop, Tuesday Senior Potluck, Buffalo Creek Country Club, Bridge Club, and Peoples' Hospital Auxiliary.
Following a short illness, Dorothy entered into her eternal rest on Friday, January 1, 2010, at her daughter's home in Cedar Rapids, at the age of 87 years.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Lawrence; daughter-in-law, Barbara; four brothers: Martin, Dale, Wayne, and Raymond Gaffney; three sisters: Gertie Collins, Fern Hamblin, and Lorraine Keegan; sisters-in-law: Mary Gaffney and Helen Gaffney; brothers-in-law: Karl Keegan, Walter Hamblin, and Dick Collins; niece, Marvene Gaffney; and nephews: Kenny Keegan, Dean, George, Robert and Norman Gaffney.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen of Cedar Rapids; her son, James of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren: Stacey (Adam) Foster, Ronald (Deb) Colwell, and Robert Colwell; five great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Opal Gaffney; many nieces and nephews; and three grand pets: Sulee, Mickey, and Jackson.
Friends may call on Monday, January 4, 2010, from 3 P.M. until 7 P.M. at the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop, where there will be a CDA Rosary at 3 P.M. and a Scripture Service at 7 P.M. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 5, 2010, in St. Patrick Catholic Church at Winthrop with Father Donald J. Plamondon officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Ann Slattery and the St. Patrick Choir. Casketbearers will be: Larry Gaffney, Dennis Gaffney, Gary Gaffney, Brian Graybill, Tim Keegan, and Steve Bryant. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery at Winthrop.
A Memorial Fund has been established and will be directed to the Tuesday Senior Potluck, St. Patrick Guild, and Hospice of Delaware County and Hospice of Mercy.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2010