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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Helen Keenan

Helen P. Keenan

Tuesday, January 25th, 1944 - Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
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Helen P. Keenan, 76, of Wappingers Falls, New York, passed away after a brief illness at Mid Hudson Regional Hospital on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. She was surrounded by her family.

Helen was born in the Bronx, New York on January 25, 1944 to the late Daniel Cahill and Mary Devaney. On February 29, 1964, she married Peter Keenan at St. Francis de Sales Church in Bell Harbor, New York.

Helen was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all. She is preceded in death by her husband, Peter, sister Mary and brothers-in-law, Dan and John (JD). She is survived by her sons: Sean (Mary Lou) Keenan of Poughkeepsie, NY, Chris (Jackie) Keenan of Wappingers Falls, NY, Brian (Anne) Keenan of New Paltz, NY, and Tim (Michele) Keenan of Poughkeepsie, NY; grandchildren: Peter, Christian, Brittany, Danielle, Kelly, Lia, Riley, Kasey and Brady; and her sister, Carol.

Helen’s life was filled with excitement especially while raising four high-spirited boys. Helen and Peter devoted their lives to their children and taught them how to be kind, generous, loyal and respectful. While Peter was coaching their various athletic teams, Helen was their number one fan and found a way to attend all of their games.

What made life meaningful for Helen were her nine grandchildren. Each grandchild held a special place in her heart, and she made sure that she spent quality time with each of them. She had sleepovers which included trips to the library, taking them to garage sales and flea markets, baking all kinds of tasty treats with them, going on day trips and vacations, and attending their various games, plays and graduations. Her love for them ran so deep and was returned to her in a way that only a grandchild could give.

Helen also had a wide range of hobbies that included antiquing, baking, sewing, quilting, gardening and playing cards with her friends. Every year she would make Halloween costumes for the grandchildren and as they got older she would make custom quilts for all family members. Her claim to fame where her infamous chocolate chip cookies and no matter what event she attended she always had them in tow.

Helen will never be forgotten as she was the glue that held the Keenan family together. From her silent laugh that would produce tears of joy to the subtle acts of kindness she would do for others. Yes, she is gone and is in heaven with her husband, but she filled a spot in everyone’s heart that can never be replaced.

Due to COVID-19 a private, family Mass is being held. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial donations may be made to Sparrow's Nest of the Hudson Valley.
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    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY 12533
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Agnes Borden

Posted at 07:27pm
Rest In Peace my dear friend. I’m so glad we raised cane when we did lots of wonderful memories Everything about you was good You were a good mother, wife, grandmother, mother-in-law friend and most of all person. God is going to greet you with open arms. Your world will miss you but you deserve a good rest love QH2
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Mary Cunningham

Posted at 01:37pm
Friends for half a century, we spent many happy times with Helen and Peter. We raised our young children together, vacationed together, fished together, antiqued together, laughed together and cried together when Peter died and then again on Gordon's passing . It's hard to believe you are gone from this life, my friend, but I take solice in knowing that you have now joined Peter and Gordon in heaven. My donation to Sparrows Nest will distribute a thousand cookies to Hudson Valley residents in your memory...I could think of no better tribute to someone who gave so much of herself to others. Love you forever.
TG

Tony Giachinta

Posted at 10:40am
Sean, Chris, Brian, Tim and grandchildren and daughter in-laws , our deepest sympathy to all. I first met Mrs. Keenan Thanksgiving 1982 after driving 8 hours from Slippery Rock to drop Sean off and walked into the house to the smell of chocolate chip cookies and Mrs. K telling me to take as many as i wanted after driving Sean home.....Pete was not happy (LOL) and tried to tell me only 2. Well Mrs. K gave them all to me as i left......ate them all before i got home. She was a great lady and many she rest in peace and can now make more cookies for Mr. Keenan......all our Love Tony, Una and Family
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Helen Hubbard

Posted at 09:10pm
To all of Helen and Peters boys, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person. You may not remember me, but I spent many evenings at your house babysitting you (I’m Matt Johnson’s sister).

Mikiah Weedon

Posted at 08:27pm
My favorite memory of your Dear Mother, was when I was running down the hill from my house, & I came around the corner, into your yard, & Shaun was about to swing a base ball bat to hit a ball, & I ran straight into the bat. Your Mother was so comforting, & I told my husband today, that I remember your Mother, kept feeding me Ice Berg, lettuce until my parent's came. Your Mother & family will alway's be special to us. You all have alway's been an example of love & togetherness. We love you guy's more than anything. If you ever need anything, we are always here. Day or Night.
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