OBITUARY

Marsha Ellen Keenan

November 26, 1949May 17, 2020

Marsha Ellen Keenan, born November 26th 1949, beloved wife and best friend of the late Peter T. Keenan, passed away on May 17th, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Marsha is predeceased by her parents Lorraine Goldstein and Seymour Schuster. Marsha was an English teacher in the New York City public school system almost 40 years. Most of her career was spent at PS 95 in the Bronx. She retired several years ago and volunteered at the local senior center as well as the Bronx Zoo before returning to teaching. Initially she volunteered at the kindergarten before substitute teaching children at St. Gabriel’s in Riverdale in the Bronx. Marsha and Pete were married 29 years. They lived the last 15 years in Riverdale in the Bronx. Marsha received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lehman College.She supported the St. Jude Foundation, ASPCA and many other charities. Most importantly, she provided hundreds of her students with needed school supplies and books.. Marsha leaves behind sisters-in-law Maureen, Melissa, Valerie Keenan and Teri Dunbar; and brothers-in-law Michael and Timothy Keenan; nieces Kerianne and Samantha; nephews Christopher, James, Mark, Zachary and Paul, along with great-nephew James David. Due to the pandemic, graveside services are private. Arrangements under Gutterman-Musicant Funeral Directors, interment will take place at George Washington Park in Paramus. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to the St. Gabriel School in the Bronx, where Marsha volunteered her time and shared her love for education as a substitute teacher. Checks can be sent in memory of Marsha and Peter Keenan to:St. Gabriel’s School, 590 West 235th St, Bronx, NY 10463 or online, at http://championsforqualityeducation.org/

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  • Burial

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

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Kerin Crandle

May 26, 2020

Ms. Keenan was my 7th grade teacher at MS95, feels like ages ago. I remember her well. She would always say you dnt have to be tough all the time Kerin, you are a very smart girl. She was the best and she always worked with her students who had a hard time. Ms. Keenan is one of the reasons why I had an enjoyable junior high school experience. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. Heaven just gained a wonderful soul. 🙏🏾

Veronika Pilipenko

May 20, 2020

Mrs. Keenan was my sixth grade teacher at PS. MS. 95 and a wonderful teacher that I will remember forever. She was so caring, sweet and loved by everyone. She pushed me to be a better writer and really helped me come out of my shell as a shy sixth grader. I have so many fond memories of her that I will cherish forever. This is not an easy loss for me, as I’m sure of the same for everyone but Mrs. Keenan will forever remain the same vibrant, happy, go-lucky lady in my heart, the same as she was when she was teaching my sixth grade class. I love you Mrs. Keenan, May you Rest In Peace.

Tiffany Smith

May 19, 2020

Mrs. Keenan,

I loved you soooo much! You were so instrumental in my development as your student for four years at PS 95. So much that I would often sneak to visit you years after I graduated! You’re energy and love for your students was unmatched! You pushed us so hard to be the best and because of that I am the best! Thank you so much for everything! I will truly miss you and never ever forget you!

Love Always,
Tiffany Smith
Class of 1997

Michele Sussan Eisenberg

May 19, 2020

You will always be in my heart and soul, my Pal...your loving memory will always live on in all the hearts and souls whom you touched...

Karen Miskowitz

May 18, 2020

Marsha was a very special person . She had a great sense of humor and an enormous capacity for understanding human nature .. These two unique qualities are what helped to make her a fabulous teacher. She was a kind and sensitive person and loved children . But most of all; it was obvious to those who knew her , how much she and Pete enjoyed their life together ... showing love and respect for each other ! RIP Friend‼️💕

carmen cambrelen

May 18, 2020

😭😭 Im in utter disbelief, she was my forth grade teacher, and my oldest son, whose now 24 yrs old. Ever since I graduated from P.S. 95, I always went back to visit, Ms. Torres, as I knew her, was one of few people I hoped to see and or be recognized, after sooo many years........... she NEVER forgot me 😭😭

Blessed be

Beth Klewan

May 18, 2020

Marsha was a fabulous teacher and all around wonderful person who I had the pleasure to know at PS/MS 95.
May she Rest In Peace.

Ruth Konowitz

May 18, 2020

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. From bake sales, pretzel sales, and field trips with our students to summer road trips I have so many wonderful memories that will stay with me forever. Rest in peace my friend.

Anthony Naccari

May 18, 2020

Rest in peace my dear colleague and friend of many years. Marsha was one of the most compassionate people I know. She was a dedicated teacher who went above and beyond for her students. She was fun loving and we had many great times, especially at the theater. Her generosity towards her students and friends were beyond compare. She was always thinking of others. We were blessed to have Marsha in our lives, and what a treasure it was to be part of hers.
She was a unique individual who will be sorely missed by us all. Til we meet again, my loving friend. God rest her beautiful soul. 😓


Joanne (Ms A) Agugliaro

May 18, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Miss Keenan in 95, and every moment was a sincere pleasure, I was the District Guard at the time, and she made my job worth coming to work everyday. To a great woman RIP my dear friend your with God.🙏🌹🙏 Sincerely, Ms Joanne Agugliaro

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