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“Mrs. Mary Doyle Keefe of Simsbury, The Nutmeg State.GOD Bless you and all which do and/or the ones which come here to pray, pay respects, and view. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Hon. J.R. De Mallie

“I am looking for my biologic mother whose last name was Doyle. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Heatley Cullen

“I am looking for my biologic mother. I believe her last name was Doyle.I was born May 31, 1940.I was adopted. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Heatley Cullen

“To Barbara and Bill and All of the Boskas We are so sorry to learn of your mothers passing. She certainly lived a long life. I am sure that...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Dot and Mike Gleason

“Mary Ellen, sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your mother as a hygenist for Dr. McIntosh. Keep well. Charlie Hall ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Charlie Hall

“Mary Ellen, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember your mother as Norman Rockwell's iconic "Rosie the Riveter"Carolyn...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Darden

“Mary Ellen, please accept our condolences on the loss of your mother. I worked with you as a consultant at CIGNA in reinsurance. I currently work as...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Tom and Linda Stevenson

“Very sorry for your loss. Did Mary have any Doyle relatives from Chicago IL area? Would any one know? Thank you. Peggy Doyle ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Peggy Doyle

“Mary Ellen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Sincerely,Mary Smith ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Smith


Mary Doyle Keefe, fondly known to many as "Rosie the Riveter," of Simsbury, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2015. She was 92. She lived for the last eight years at The McLean Village Community. Mrs. Keefe was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Robert J. Keefe, Sr.; parents, Sarah and John Doyle of Arlington, Vermont; brother, Edward Doyle; and sister, Frances Doyle Mooney. Born in Bennington, Vermont, Mary was a proud resident of Arlington, Vermont. After graduating from Arlington High School, she attended Temple University, graduating with a dental hygiene degree. Mary was a dental hygienist in Bennington when she met Robert J. Keefe, whom she married in June 1949. They established themselves in Whitman, Massachusetts and later, Nashua, New Hampshire, raising their four children and making lifelong friends in both communities. Mary and Bob were founding members of a Whitman Supper Club, a storied club that lasted for more than 40 years. As a young woman, while working as a telephone operator out of her mother's home in Arlington, Mary was asked by West Arlington resident and artist Norman Rockwell to model for a painting as a hard-working airplane riveter, with a riveting gun in her lap and one foot firmly on a copy of Mein Kampf. She received $10.00 in compensation and much appreciation and acclaim over the years. The work appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943, and "Rosie the Riveter" soon became a nationally known icon of American resolve for women assisting in the war effort during World War II. Mary will be remembered as a loving, patient, and generous wife, mother, and grandmother. Her personal interests included maintaining a daily interest in sporting teams, especially the Red Sox, Celtics, and UConn Women's Basketball teams, as well as bridge, golf, cooking, and baking for her family and friends, and watching with great delight as her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren grew and prospered. She is survived by her four children, William J. Keefe (Elizabeth) of Reston, Virginia; Barbara K. Boska (William) of Sparta, New Jersey; Robert J. Keefe, Jr. (Carol) of Woodbury, Minnesota; and Mary Ellen Keefe (Keith Bombard) of East Granby, Connecticut, 11 grandchildren, and five great children, as well as Shelly Jackson, her dear friend and care companion, and many wonderful, supportive friends from the McLean Village Community. The family expresses its heartfelt thanks to the McLean Health Center Medical team and the Hospice care team. Her family will receive friends, Friday, April 24th from 1- 2 PM followed by a Memorial Mass at the Carling Chapel at McLean Village, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury. A reception will follow. A graveside service will be Saturday, April 25th, at 11 am at Park Lawn Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Batterson Park Road, 3rd Floor, Farmington, CT 06032 or JDRF.org. Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home of Granby is caring for the arrangements.