Teresa Catherine (O’Keefe) Dewey, born January 10, 1928, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2019 in Norfolk, Va. Born in Boston, Massachusetts Teresa was the second youngest and last surviving child of eleven brothers and sisters born to Timothy and Ellen (Driscoll) O’Keefe who had deep roots to their Irish Catholic heritage. A graduate of South Boston High School in June 1945, Teresa moved to New York City marrying Daniel A. Dewey in May 1950. Daniel passed away in June 1994. Teresa spent the majority of her adult life in the New York City area working for many years in the Business Office of the Hauppauge School District, Suffolk County, Long Island. Teresa moved to Norfolk, VA in 2001. She is survived by her children, Brian, Paul, Roger and Diane, their spouses, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A Committal Service will be held in the McGuire Chapel at St. Joseph Cemetery, 990 LaGrange St., West Roxbury, on Wednesday, October 9, at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
All who knew Teresa were infected by her Irish good nature, boundless energy, caring personality and bright smile. Teresa leaves this Irish poem to all who mourn her passing:
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Teresa’s family wants to offer a special thank you to the staff of Province Place of DePaul, Norfolk, VA for their thoughtful, personal care during Teresa’s two-year residence in this wonderful facility; and to the Bon Secours Hospice team that eased Teresa’s final days.
Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home