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Ellen L. McKeon

Posted By Hans Funeral Home On September 3, 2021 @ 11:54 am In Obituary | 22 Comments


ALBANY – Ellen L. McKeon, 73, of Albany, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021.  Ellen was born and raised in Albany, the daughter of the late M. Joseph McKeon and Helen K. Leary McKeon.  She was a graduate of St. Teresa of Avila School, Vincentian Institute, and the College of St. Rose.  She also earned master’s degrees at both SUNY Oswego and Keene State in New Hampshire.  Ellen lived for many years in South Cairo, and was a teacher in the Catskill Central School District.  She moved back to Albany in retirement, and was active in her church, and a member of the Angels to Each Other group at All Saints Catholic Church.  She also enjoyed participating in book clubs, traveling both to foreign countries and domestically, hiking, and she was a member of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site where she volunteered as a docent.  Ellen’s greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her family and friends.

Ellen is survived by her siblings Dr. Mary Kay Klein (the late Rev. Dr. J. Theodore) of West Roxbury, MA, Ann Brass (Richard) of Pleasantville, Michael McKeon of Albany, John McKeon (Karen Greklek) of Eastchester, James McKeon (Rhonda) of Albany, and Thomas McKeon (Kimberly) of Harwich Port, MA.

Ellen is also survived by her nieces and nephews the late Karen McNulty (James), John Klein (Myriah), Kevin Klein (Heather Greer), Deborah Brass (Amber), Jacqueline Ponticiello (Michael), Timothy Brass, Brian McKeon (Christina), Kelly McKeon, Michael McKeon, Katherine Cirigliano (Matthew), Erin McKeon, Joanne Kemnitz (James) and Julia McDonald (Aidan).  Also survived by great nieces and nephews Willow, Rowan, and Linden Klein, Madelyn and Michael Ponticiello, Michael and Christopher Kemnitz, and Patrick and Joseph McDonald.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), Albany at 9:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street Catskill, NY 12414, or The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Click here to view Ellen’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY (zip code Albany, NY 12204).

Condolences for the family of “Ellen L. McKeon”

Condolence from Janet Forbes on September 3rd, 2021 5:23 pm

May I extend my most sincere sympathy & prayers to the family.

Condolence from Beverly Huba McCasland on September 4th, 2021 1:27 am

Ellen was a classmate of mine since Kindergarten at St. Teresa of Avila through High School at Vincentian Institute. We grew up in the same New Scotland Ave. neighborhood. We reconnected at our 50th VI reunion and spoke frequently on Facebook.. She has always been a kind and thoughtful person and loved her family. Ellen always had the quest for learning something new. I know she was a great teacher. May she now rest in the peace of God and my prayers are with her family.

Condolence from Anne Hoffman Cronin on September 4th, 2021 6:09 am

So very sorry to hear of the loss of Ellen! She was a classmate of mine at VI and St. Rose and I was so blessed to reconnect with her around the time of our 50 reunions from both schools. May her family be comforted and may she rest In peace, in the arms of Our Lord.

Condolence from Mary Leary on September 4th, 2021 6:20 am

My deepest sympathies to all my cousins and their families. I fondly remember many good times with Ellen and the McKeon clan when we were growing up. Ellen had such a big and caring heart. I’m so glad I was able to see her a few years ago in Albany. My thoughts are with all of you. Love, Mary (and Rich)

Condolence from Patricia Blakeney on September 4th, 2021 8:59 am

Extending my prayers and condolences to the entire family. So sorry for your loss

Condolence from Barbara Wilson Miller on September 4th, 2021 9:40 am

Praying for comfort as you grieve the loss of your dear sister.

Condolence from Christine Ryan on September 4th, 2021 12:17 pm

Her obituary shows that Ellen has touched a great many lives in such positive ways. I offer condolences to her siblings, other family, and friends.

Condolence from Joanne Hennessy Thompson on September 4th, 2021 12:34 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family and prayers for all.

Condolence from Pat Sommer on September 4th, 2021 2:40 pm

So sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. Mary Kay, you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts. Sending love and hugs.

Condolence from Anita Ruby Payne on September 4th, 2021 6:02 pm

Be well with God my friend. I will miss spending time with you! Love forever.

Condolence from TimothyJ Gaffney on September 5th, 2021 12:10 am

Prayers and condolences to the McKeon family for the loss of Ellenn

Condolence from leslie dykeman on September 5th, 2021 5:03 am

My cousin Judy and I were frequent visitors to Grandpa Dykeman’s on Grove Avenue in the 50s and early 60’s. We always looked forward to these visits as we got to play with Anne and Ellen who were his neighbors. Remembering your family with special childhood memories. I am so sorry to read of Ellen’s death. My thoughts are with all of you.

Condolence from Mary Frances Hatton on September 5th, 2021 8:40 am

Ellen was a friend and colleague and she will be missed by myself and all her friends in Catskill.

Condolence from Lois Ferraro on September 5th, 2021 9:07 am

Thoughts and prayers go out to her family May you Rest in Peace,God Bless.

Condolence from Linda Gentalen on September 5th, 2021 11:53 am

My sympathy to all the family — thank you for all you did to make Ellen’s life better. We taught together at Grandview School, and we traveled together in Ireland years ago. I have many happy memories with Ellen that I will cherish, and today, on her birthday, I feel she must be celebrating in heaven.

Condolence from Kathleen Economides on September 6th, 2021 4:02 am

Mary Kay and Family,

My sincere condolences on Ellen’s passing. May Ellen rest in peace.

Condolence from Deb Drum Bowers on September 6th, 2021 6:50 am

I loved Miss McKeon as my third grade teacher! I remember that we hatched chicks as a class and she brought them around to us to pet. She was so kind, so patient. I remember that she understood my love for books. Lord, please be with her family and bring comfort and peace. I look forward to seeing her again someday in heaven!

Condolence from Nancy Howser on September 6th, 2021 10:43 am

I am sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing.We met at Grandview School in 1969. We went on trips together,and had a happy friendship.May God take her into heaven. Nancy Howser

Condolence from Mary Ann Perks on September 6th, 2021 11:07 am

So sorry to not be able to hear her voice.

So dedicated, kind and loving to all her students.
Always felt warm to be in her company.
Loving memories and good wishes to her big family!

A colleague from school

Condolence from Suzanne Stumm on September 7th, 2021 4:35 am

Dearest Aunt MaryKay,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Love, Suzy

Condolence from Betsy Jacks on September 7th, 2021 7:43 am

Dear family members of dear Ellen,
I am so very sad to hear of Ellen’s passing. She was such a kind and generous volunteer at the Thomas Cole site for many years! She always had a smile for me and helped so much to get our little organization off the ground. She was warm and supportive and understanding and a joy to be with. I will miss her so much and I am so appreciative for all that she gave of herself and her valuable time. Blessings and condolences to all who love her!

Condolence from Bonnie Maroney on September 8th, 2021 2:02 pm

So saddened to hear of Ellen’s passing. We taught together for many years and spent time in Cairo and Albany lunching, yakking, and exchanging books–i will miss that. Ellen was a lovely lady who always spoke so highly of her wonderful family–my sincere condolences go out to all of you. I also enjoyed how she delighted in nature.

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