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North Andover, MA - Dorothy Joan McKeon (McKew) passed away peacefully, after a long illness, surrounded by her family on March 18, 2019.

She was born on January 22, 1929, to the late William and Dorothy Freeman of Valley Stream, New York. She is predeceased by her late husband John Anthony McKew and her late husband Harry F. McKeon; as well as her sister Nancy Russell; brothers Robert Freeman and William Freeman. She is also predeceased by her grandson Andrew Costa Jr.

Joan grew up in New Jersey and New York. She attended college in Florida and later married John McKew, November 1950. They had six children moving their family multiple times up and down the East Coast. After John's death in 1973, Joan began a long career at Raytheon Corporation in Andover. She worked as an assistant to the medical director retiring in 1994. In 1982, Joan wed Harry McKeon. They played golf, traveled, and spent time with friends and family until Harry's death in 2004.

Joan is survived by her children Nancy Costa and her husband Andrew of Windham, N.H.; Kathy McKew and her long-term partner Frank Kiely of Derry, N.H.; son John McKew of N.H.; son Brian McKew of Phoenix, Ariz.; son Gerard McKew and his wife Mare of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dorothy Puccia and her husband Philip of Andover, Mass. She is also survived by three step children, Thomas McKeon, Dr. Catherine O'Malley and her husband Michael of Tyngsboro and Mary McKeon. She also leaves a sister, Barbara Forrest of Largo, Fla. She leaves 16 grandchildren, Jenna Jordan and Trisha McKew of Salem, N.H.; Alexandra Puccia, Lillian Puccia and Madeline Puccia of Andover, Mass.; Barbara Robinson and Kevin Costa of Windham, N.H.; Jack McKew of Portland, Maine; Jimi Bean and Shelby Bean of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kerry Brown of Tampa, Fla.; Heather Erickson of Minn., and Alison Moore, S.C.; Mary Ellen O'Malley of Melrose, Mass.; William McKeon of S.C.; Ann-Marie McKeon of N.Y.

She also leaves 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; a host of friends and the very dedicated staff of Prescott House in North Andover.


A Mass of memorial will be held at St. Michaels Church, Main Street, North Andover, MA at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23. In lieu of flowers donations can be made on Joan's behalf to Parkinson's Foundation at https://parkinson.org/ways-to-give.
Published on March 21, 2019
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Kathie stabile
Mar 23, 2019
Hello all
May Joan Rest In Peace. She was a wonderful woman!
Kathie S
Karen pica
Mar 23, 2019
Joan and. I connected the 1 st time we met when I took a job at Bayberry. I work 11 to 7 and we would have chats most nights she would stay up late to visit. I was sad when she had to move to various places but I always found her and visited when had a chance. She was such a sweet woman I will miss her but will always remember the times we shared. I’m thankful for having a few years to know you . I can picture you dancing and singing Rest In Peace. Love ya Karen
Carol Kiely
Mar 22, 2019
Dorothy, I'll always remember your mom for her constant smile, warmth, kindness, and humor. When all our kids were young and running through your yard and house she was always there helping in some way. She was a blessing and will be missed. You are all in my prayers.
Andrea Mogan
Mar 20, 2019
Joan was such a wonderful and special lady. Bingo games wont be the same without her. My thoughts and prayers are with Joans family during this difficult time
Laurel S Gourville
Mar 20, 2019
Your Mom is cherished in our Skinder family. My babies especially responded to her lovely soft L.I. accent and they remember her fondly. God Bless Her and may she we finding her golf game in heaven.
Kristy Milock
Mar 20, 2019
Kathy, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. I know how dedicated you were to your mother and I know that made her life so much better! My thoughts and PRAYERS are with you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you all!
Eileen Poulopoulos
Mar 19, 2019
Dorothy, Phil, Alex, Lily and Maddie,
We are so sorry to of Joan’s passing. She was such a kind, thoughtful woman. I remember when Dorothy and I went down to Florida to visit her. We had a great time, she was always so young at heart! Love and prayers to you all. The Poulopulos Family
Lenny Conte
Mar 19, 2019
Kathy, sorry for the loss, I'm glad I got to meet her ! Best regards, Lenny .
Doreen Ciarletta
Mar 19, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Joan’s family and friends.May God comfort you at this time of loss. Joan will be missed at Prescott House. The staff and residents all loved her.
Karen Stackpole
Mar 19, 2019
Kathy, Jenna & Tricia,
Please accept my deepest condolences to you & your family. Joan was a beautiful, wonderful woman with a huge heart. She always welcomed my girls into her home like they were her own Granddaughters.
My prayers to all of you
Nancy Iacono
Mar 19, 2019
With deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Dorothy was loved by all the staff at Prescott House. She was a very special lady to us all. 🌷♥️
With sincere sympathy to you family
Mar 19, 2019
Tammy Josti
Mar 19, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers for the family! A lovely woman who was very special. Her memory will live on forever!
Mari
Mar 19, 2019
Joan was a good woman and very kind to my father and siblings. Deepest condolences to her children, their spouses and her grandchildren.
Cathleen Fredette
Mar 19, 2019
Joan and family were our first neighbors when we moved in from New York. What a classy lady. She and my mom became besties quickly. Our hearts break for the family. What a joy knowing her.
Deborah McKew
Mar 19, 2019
Many beautiful memories of my mother-in-law, but my fondest are when we talked about books - she loved to read, and discussing our favorite books was an enjoyable pastime for both of us. She will be missed!