Dorothy Ann Byrnes
March 8, 1937 – January 5, 2021
Dorothy A. "Dottie" Byrnes 83, a lifelong resident of Keene, NH, passed away peacefully in her home with her husband at her side on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 following a period of failing health.
Her parents, Norman A. and Grace (Wall) Blake, welcomed their daughter into the world on March 8, 1937 in Keene, NH. Dottie was a 1955 graduate of Keene High School.
Dottie worked for 23 years with Peerless Insurance Company, later known as The Netherlands Insurance Company. The last seven years in Corporate Communications, retiring in 1997.
Dottie’s Insurance career included a 20-year membership to the National Association of Insurance Women (International). She dedicated her time, rising through the ranks and serving in different capacitates, including President, Local Chapter, NAIW of Southern NH/VT and Director, State of New Hampshire Council of NAIW.
After retiring, she started her own graphic arts, corporate communications business, Effective Design ‘n Type. She specialized in Prepress design, graphics, layout and typesetting, rendered to Post print standards, full project management to final product. Dottie was also an independent contractor and workshop instructor in the art of rubber stamping technique & design, associated with The Angel Company.
She had a deep abiding faith and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Josephine No. 319.
Dottie’s creative mind and skilled hands served her well not only in her work responsibilities, but also as a talented knitter, painter and craftswomen. She especially loved designing and creating hand-made cards for each family member on their birthday.
Dottie designed Keene’s 250th Anniversary book, “Places I Remember”. With the help of the Historical Society of Cheshire County and area photographers, this book was published in time for Keene’s 250th celebration on May 31, 2003. Many years ago, Dottie and John worked to purchase over 300 new band jackets for the Keene Middle School band members. John organized the fundraising and Dottie designed the red jacket logo and all publicity material.
Dottie, with her husband John, traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada. Alaska is the only state she didn’t have the opportunity to visit.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John J. Byrnes, Sr. of Keene; her children, Michael Byrnes of Keene, Sherri Beckta of Keene, John J. Byrnes, Jr. and his wife, Kiersten McKenney, of Brattleboro, VT, Timothy Byrnes and his wife, Jennifer, of Troy, NH; her grandchildren, Ryan Byrnes, Ian Byrnes, Dr. Jason Beckta and his wife, Julie, Adam Beckta and his wife, Madeline, Jessica Muzzey and her wife, Stacie Mathieu, Josh Byrnes and his wife, Jessica, Jamie Hsu and her husband, Chien-Luke, Allison Alger and her husband, Gavin, Emily Byrnes, Colin McKenney and his wife, Lulu; her great-grandchildren, Edward Beckta, Perrin Beckta, Ezra Beckta, Abigail Muzzey, Hannah Muzzey, Emmalee Moore, Parker Byrnes, Jameson Byrnes; as well as several nieces and nephews. Dottie was predeceased by her brother, Norman Blake.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:30am in St. Margaret Mary Church, 33 Arch Street, Keene, NH. Burial with committal prayers will follow in the Scared Heart Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Westminster, VT. Family and friends are invited to call on the family on Monday evening from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. All those in attendance at the visitation and funeral mass are required to wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Byrnes memory to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, West Swanzey, NH 03446.
- John J. Byrnes, Sr., Husband
- Michael Byrnes, Son
- Sherri Beckta, Daughter
- John J. Byrnes, Jr. (Kiersten McKenney), Son
- Timothy Byrnes (Jennifer), Son
- Ryan Byrnes, Grandson
- Ian Byrnes, Grandson
- Dr. Jason Beckta (Julie), Grandson
- Adam Beckta (Madeline), Grandson
- Jessica Muzzey (Stacie Mathieu), Granddaughter
- Josh Byrnes (Jessica), Grandson
- Jamie Hsu (Chien-Luke), Granddaughter
- Allison Alger (Gavin), Granddaughter
- Emily Byrnes, Granddaughter
- Colin McKenney (Lulu), Grandson
- Edward Beckta, Great Grandson
- Perrin Beckta, Great Grandson
- Ezra Beckta, Great Grandson
- Abigail Muzzey, Great Granddaughter
- Hannah Muzzey, Great Granddaughter
- Emmalee Moore, Great Granddaughter
- Parker Byrnes, Great Grandson
- Jameson Byrnes, Great Grandson
- Norman Blake, Brother (deceased)
- Grace (Wall) Blake, Mother (deceased)
- Norman A. Blake, Father (deceased)
Monadnock Humane Society
101 West Swanzey Road, West Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446
Visitation and Celebration of Life
Monday, January 11, 2021
A Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Burial with Committal Prayers Following Mass
Dorothy Ann Byrnes
January 17, 2021
My Aunt Dot was a beautiful lady, inside and out. When I picture her it is with a smile on her face, and that sparkle in her eye. The one that made you feel so special, and then wonder what she was up to...like she had a surprise in store for you. That sparkle was always there. She shared it freely. She will be missed. My love and prayers go out to Uncle John, my cousins and their families.
January 10, 2021
A beautiful soul. Such a pleasant, kind, caring and lovely lady. You will be deeply missed, Dottie. Rest in peace, dear, -Hal and Charlanne
BOB and Gail Allen
January 8, 2021
My husband Bobby Allen worked for Dorothy and Jack Byrns on their wonderful home. Jack especially wanted Dorothy to have the nice things that she did without for so long. Dorothy was kind and treated my husband with respect. I will never forget just how kind both of them were. Sending my love to the family. I hope that the happy memories get them through this difficult time. Sending our love. The Allen's