OBITUARY

Mary Lou Keon

October 31, 1931March 21, 2018
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Mary Lou Keon, 86, of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 due to complications from cancer. Mary Lou was born on October 31, 1931 to the late Alec and Mary (Fisher) Rizzuto in Peekskill, NY. She married her “High School Sweetheart” Lawrence H. Keon and was happily married for the past 64 years. Mary Lou spent her entire life in the Hudson Valley area and moved to Croton-on-Hudson in 1964. Given the opportunity, she never wished to leave the area. Mary Lou worked for the NY Telephone before becoming a full time mother and raising 7 children. She enjoyed her 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, managed a busy household and never missed anyone’s birthday. She was the cornerstone of her family.

Among her many interests, she was an avid reader, a New York Yankee fan, enjoyed vacationing in Cape Cod, loved shopping and cooking, cherished the holidays and was a faithful parishioner of Holy Name of Mary Church. Mary Lou loved to attend her children and grandchildren’s school and sporting events. She was very generous with her time and love. Mary Lou would do anything for her family.

Mary Lou is survived by her beloved husband, Lawrence H. Keon; caring sister, Joanne Hayes (Pat); loving children, Mary Keon, Larry Keon (Jennifer), Eileen Keon, Alexis Watterson (David), Martha Keon (Hal Cole), Brian Keon (Renee) and Katy Latimer. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, Kaitlin Taylor (Christian) and their children, Ava and Milo, Michael Keon and Dr. Alec Keon, DDS (Kaitlin) and their son Corbin, Terrance, Anna and Liam Watterson, Alexander, Ian and Adam Cole, Tyler and Angela Keon and Ashley and Sarah Latimer.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the EDWARD F. CARTER FUNERAL HOME, 41 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 27th at Holy Name of Mary Church, Croton-on-Hudson. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery also in Croton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary Lou’s name can be made to: American Institute for Cancer Research, www.aicr.org American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org

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Services

  • Visitation 2-4PM & 7-9PM Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Burial Following Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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Ruth and Robert Taylor

March 22, 2018

We send our thoughts and prayers at this sad time to the Keon family. We know she is free of pain and in a much better place. May all the wonderful memories you have with her as a wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother get you through this sad time. With love, Ruth and Robert

Connie Watterson

March 22, 2018

Al and I were very sorry about Mary Lou's passing. I'm sure it will be hard, and you will miss her. Through her living, she showed her kids and grandkids how to love fiercely, and that is a great legacy to leave. Our condolences to all of you.

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Biography

MARY LOU KEON EULOGY, 3/2/18

Mary Lou Keon, our mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend was an amazing person. She was generous, tough, resourceful and devoted to her family and her faith.

Mom was born during the depression in Peekskill and grew up during World War II, which really shaped her point of view and habits. She knew gain, she knew loss, she knew lean times and times of plenty. It made her value the things she had and accept the things she did not have.

She was beautiful, with gorgeous red hair and green eyes. She went to Hendrick Hudson high school with her cousin, Bill, whom she convinced to get my Dad to go on a double date with her. He was hoodwinked from the start! They dated throughout high school and college. They went to every event. Mom always wore beautiful dresses.

Our parents eloped were married on Easter Monday April 19, 1953 (?) at a 6 am mass. It was true love. They were together over 70 years encompassing 6 years of courtship and 64 years of marriage! They had 7 children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. My sister Mary was the first child, born in Peekskill. Larry was an army baby born in Virginia. Eileen, Alexis and Martha were born in Fishkill. Brian & Katy were born after our family moved to Croton. Mom picked our home in Croton because it was near the village, school and church, although thinking back now she never walked there! Mom spent her entire life in the Hudson Valley area and given the opportunity, both she and Dad never wished to leave.

Mom was a faithful parishioner of Holy Name of Mary Church and never missed Saturday night or holy day mass. We all attended Holy Name of Mary which was important to her. When we were young, Mom and Dad joined the Christian Family Movement and had the first in home mass in Croton that made the New York Times. They also did the first family retreat at Graymoor.

Mom had many interests, she was an avid reader, and had an extensive cookbook collection. She cherished the holidays, and loved to shop and cook. She was a New York Yankees fan, enjoyed vacationing on Cape Cod, and loved the beach.

As you can imagine a household of 7 kids was chaotic. Mom thrived on chaos, she held steady and was our anchor. She made sure we were fed, dressed and out the door on time for school with lunch in hand! She also let things slide, she gave us passes for sneaking out fishing or taking a sick day from school when we needed a day off. Mom supported all of our activities and goals with unconditional love. She attended many of our school and sporting events, cheering us on from the sidelines. She also welcomed the many stray animals we continuously brought home! Dogs, Cats, Fish, Frogs & Turtles.

When we were growing up, dad traveled extensively around the world for weeks at a time for work. Mom held the fort down. Interestingly it seemed that we were always buying a needed car or a much needed major appliance when Dad was traveling. She was very able to take on whatever challenges we faced, teaching us to be confident and make decisions.

As we went through all the photos of mom’s life, even baby pictures, the beach was always a part of her summer life. Perhaps that’s why 5 of her 7 children went on to be lifeguards. Summer vacations were so much fun, we would go camping on Cape Cod for as long as I can remember. My favorite part of this was the fried chicken mom made to feed us on the day we arrived. A recipe that lives on.

Mom faithfully celebrated birthdays and holidays, always with homemade cakes and pies. She always welcomed and fed anyone we brought along. Mom worried about us when we moved out, particularly whether we were eating. She would bring us coolers of frozen meat on visits. As we got older, mom continued to send cards and gifts for everyone’s birthday’s including the grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was famous among our kids for sending hilarious singing cards. She looked forward to holidays and loved to be Santa Claus, starting to shop on summer vacation to ensure that everyone received gifts that were special. She would hide our gifts, and later put them under the tree after we went to bed.

Mom taught us the importance of family through example. She was very close to her parents as a result they were a significant part of our lives. She in turn was a significant part of our kids' lives. Our house was always open throughout our entire lives. For most of those years, it was literally left unlocked. It was important to mom to stay as involved as she could in our lives, but somehow she allowed us to live our lives without interfering, which was not as easy as it sounds. She loved it when we visited, and would run out to ShopRite to pick up our favorite foods. We all can still smell the aroma of spaghetti sauce from Sunday dinners, a ritual that still lives on today with our families. As the years went on, Sunday morning trips to the butcher at Coles Market became part of the ritual of preparing for dinner that night.

In her later years, mom loved to eat out. She planned outings to doctors’ appointments and shopping excursions to be around 11 am so that lunch would be part of the game plan.

We took so many things for granted while growing up, just accepting our circumstances as they were. In reflecting on mom's life, we have come to appreciate all the big and little things she did to give us a foundation for our lives. She set a high bar we can only hope to approach.

Mom was stunned to learn that she had stage 4 lung cancer several months ago. She had a high pain tolerance and chalked up her aches and pains and tiredness for aging, and her cough to a cold. She sought second and third opinions, and decided to fight. That was our mom. She fought with dignity, toughness and humor to the end. She is at peace now.

This community and her family meant the world to mom. We thank you for being here today. Please join us after the burial in the church hall for a luncheon to celebrate her life and legacy.