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Donna O'Keefe

March 3, 1948 — April 26, 2018

Age 70, late of Hegewisch, passed away after fighting cancer hard for years on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Loving mother of Brian (Linda nee Jagla) O’Keefe, Kimberly J. (David G.) Carrington and Donald “Kevin” O’Keefe. Beloved grandmother of Jonathan, Davey Plank, Kiley, Ryan Plank and Joseph O’Keefe. Dearest sister of Cheryl (Ed) DeCero. Fun loving aunt to Kaitlin, Courtney (Christopher Iliff), Eddie and Cassie Jane DeCero and many cousins. Preceded in death by parents John and Mary Jane O’Keefe; brother John O’Keefe Jr.; and husbands Donald F. Dewar and Jerry B. Syler Sr.

Donna had a beautiful Irish spirit and considered her family her greatest accomplishment and reward in life.  She also found time while raising a family to return to college and earned her BA with honors in nursing from St. Xavier College.  Always an avid homebody, she enjoyed various home remodeling projects on her own with much success.  Later in life, her youngest son, Donald brought her so much happiness as she embraced raising her “second family”.  May she always be remembered as a courageous fighter who loved life.

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