Kathleen Keavey

Kathleen Keavey (nee Reilly), 79, of Norwood, NJ. formerly of Staten Island, NY passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Kathleen was born in County Fermanagh, Ireland.  She immigrated to the US at age 18 and built a wonderful life dedicated to her families both in the US and Ireland.

Kathleen met her husband John in the Bronx on the subway heading off to an Irish dance at City Center. Married in 1966 and together had a loving marriage of 54 years. Devoted mother of John P. Jr. and wife Charissa of Shrewsbury, NJ, Peter F. and wife Anne of Glen Ridge, NJ, Thomas M. and wife Amy of Boonton, NJ, Cathleen A. of Westwood, NJ and Mark E. and wife Rebecca of Olney, MD. Cherished grandmother of Emilie, Olivia, Caroline, Cecile, Elizabeth, James, Jack, Andrew and Matthew. Dearest sister of Elizabeth, Patrick, Edwin, Fr. Peter, Susan, Tony and the late Maureen and James.

Kathleen was a legal assistant at Chase Bank and then IBJ Schroeder in NYC before retiring. She was a devoted parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Norwood and was an active member of the Irish-American Social Club in Bergenfield.

Due to the current health restrictions, funeral services are private.

Those who wish may watch the livestream of Kathleen’s Funeral Mass Saturday at 10 AM through the link below:


In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathleen’s memory may be made to Missionaries of Africa. http://www.missionariesofafrica.org/support-africa/how-to-help/



  1. Margaret Keavey

    Thinking of you all at this sad time, we will always remember Kathleen as a lovely and friendly sister-in-law who we will miss greatly.
    Sending you our love
    Margaret & John

  2. Michael Shannon

    John and family, deepest sympathies on the passing of Kathleen. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time.
    Michael and Martina Shannon and family.
    Breaffa North, Miltown Malbay

  3. So sorry to hear of the passing of Kathleen – my sincere condolences to all her family.

    I recall she was very generous & warm-hearted in welcoming me into her home for a couple of weeks as a young 19 year old student and distant nephew in June 1988 when I arrived on a plane from Ireland on a J1 Student visa. I remember Kathleen Jr. showing me around NY city – which was quite an experience, before boarding a Greyhpund bus to Boston where I spent the rest of the summer.

    I am sure Kathleen will be greatly missed by her wonderful family and all who knew her.


    Mike Fadden

  4. I have just heard the sad news of Kathleen’s death And would like to pass on sincere condolences to the Keavey and Reilly family – we will remember her in our prayers
    Donal & Philomena Fadden
    Co. Meath

  5. On behalf of The McNiff and Brannigan Families Newcastle Co.Down Northern Ireland I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to John and his famiy on the passing of their beloved Kathleen, wife, mother,and grandmother.Many happy memories of meeting you at family gatherings. May God in his Mercy comfort you all at this very sad time. I will be joining you in prayer at Kathleen’s requiem on Saturday.

  6. Pauline Gorman

    Uncle John & family sorry to hear about Kathleen. Just to say we are thinking of ye all at this very sad time from Pauline, Pat Gorman & family Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath

  7. Raymond Fadden

    Sincere condolences to John, John P. Jr., Peter F., Thomas M., Cathleen A. and Mark E. and in-laws, grandchildren and to all the Reillys of Blunnick on the death of Kathleen. She was a lady with a beautiful smile and it was always such a pleasure to be in her company. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
    Jack and Raymond Fadden, Ballyconnell.

  8. Declan Keavey

    Deepest sympathies to John and all the extended Keavey family on the sad passing of Kathleen. Our thoughts and prayers are with ye at this Difficult time.

    Declan & Maeve Keavey.

  9. Dear Uncle John, cousins Peter, John, Thomas, Mark and Cathleen

    Sending you all our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time following the loss of Auntie Kathleen. Please know we are with you in spirit to help you through this time of grief.

    Auntie Kathleen brought so much joy & happiness to so many and I will treasure forever the times spent with her and you all over the years.

    Rest In Peace Auntie Kathleen. We will miss you xxx

    Paul & Christine in Australia

  10. Christine Burke

    To John & the Keavey family & to Fr Peter and all the Reilly family, sincerest sympathies at this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. From Florrie & Christine, the Waterson and Burke families, Drumanymore.

  11. Ronan and Clair Waterson

    Sincere condolences to John and family on the passing of Kathleen. She was a fine lady and it was a privilege to know. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Xx

  12. Sincere condolences to John and all the family .Very sadend to hear of Kathleen’s passing.May she rest in peace.

  13. I am so sorry to hear about Kathleen’s passing. I will always remember her clever and witty sense of humor. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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