Mary "Theresa" (Cronin) McKeen

January 16, 1934 ~ September 18, 2022 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Theresa McKeen passed on September 18, 2022 at the age of 88 at home surrounded by her loving daughters. She was born in East Boston, MA on January 16, 1934.

Although Mary was her name, she was known by most as Theresa. She was blessed with 8 cherished grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Besides her best friend Lucille, she had many friends in the neighborhood.

Theresa was an avid doll collector throughout the years. Her favorite past time was shopping with our dad every weekend at South Shore Plaza. Her favorite holiday was Christmas when everyone would gather at her house on Christmas eve. She’d prepare for months for that night; everyone would have a stack of presents to open.

She loved her dog Noble. He was her constant companion. He would sit on her armchair and they’d watch tv together. Wherever she went, he followed.

We want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all of those who have shown their support in this difficult time, especially Tina and Bethany from Caring Hospice Services.

Along with her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Theresa is survived by her loving children Mary Ann Ruffini and her husband Daniel, Kathleen Rizzacasa and her husband Eugene, and Darlene Coughlin and her husband William.

Theresa was the beloved wife of the late Richard E. McKeen, devoted mother of the late Richard McKeen, Jr., and caring sister of the late Margaret E. Murphy.

Funeral service will be held Friday, September 23 in the John J. O'Connor & Son Funeral Home, 740 Adams St., (near Gallivan Blvd.) DORCHESTER at 10:30 AM. Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, September 22 from 4-8 PM in the funeral home.                      

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Theresa may be made to The Guild for Human Services - Adult Program Activity Fund, ATTN: Richard Greif, 521 Virginia Rd., Concord, MA 01742 (in honor of her grandson Nicholas)


September 22, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
John J. O'Connor & Son Funeral Home
740 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

Funeral Service
September 23, 2022

10:30 AM
John J. O'Connor & Son Funeral Home
740 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

September 23, 2022

11:15 AM
Cedar Grove Cemetery
920 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA 02124


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