December 23, 2011
Una (nee Flanagan) McKeon was born in Co Roscommon, Ireland. She was one of 9 children.
Visiting will be on Monday at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive Kearny (map/directions) from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Mass Tuesday 11 am in St. Cecilia's Church (map/directions).
At the age of 18 Una went to London during World War II and worked in the aircraft factories. She often spoke of how hard life was at that time. She returned to Ireland to marry Thomas P. McKeon and immigrated to Kearny, NJ in 1952. They lived in Harrison for over 20 years and were active in numerous Irish Clubs and Holy Cross Church. Una resided in Kearny for over 40 years. She was an active member of the St. Cecilia's Parish as a daily communicant until she could not walk on her own. She was a member of Saints Rosary Society, St. Cecilia's Seniors, St. Stephen's Senior Club, and Henrietta Benstead Senior Club. She was the Deputy Grand Marshall of Kearny's Saint Patrick's Day Parade in 2001.
She enjoyed many cruises with her family and traveled extensively after retirement. Una also enjoyed many trips to Atlantic City with her good friend, Loretta Elliot.
Una loved her family both in the U.S. and in Ireland. Her home was always a haven for relatives from Ireland, England, Scotland, and Australia. Her small apartment was a stopping place for many young Irish College students during the summer who needed a place to stay. Una never turned anyone away and enjoyed helping her extended family.
Wife of the late Thomas P. McKeon, she is survived by her children; Mary Teresa Elliott (Tom Grodkiewicz), Thomas Declan McKeon (Eileen) and Sean McKeon (Francisco Pacheco). Her sister and brother, Baby Cooney and Bernie Flanagan, and her grandchildren; James, Brian (Tara), Kelly (Colin), Brendon and Trevor.
She was one of a kind and she will be missed. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to St. Cecilia's Food Pantry. To leave online condolences visit www.armitagewiggins.com.
Visiting - Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny - 2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Mass - St. Cecilia's Church, Kearny - 11:00 a.m.
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