Adeline “Addie” (McGlynn) Keefe, 89, died peacefully on February 7, 2016, at her home in South Yarmouth, MA, after a long illness.
Born in South Weymouth, MA, on August 25, 1926, Adeline was one of eight children of Michael and Catherine (Murphy) McGlynn, both from County Galway, Ireland. Adeline attended Pond School and Weymouth High School. As a teenager, Adeline worked at the Cameo Theater in Weymouth, which fostered a life-long love of movies. She watched the classic Waterloo Bridge the day before she died. After graduating high school, Adeline worked in banking at Granite Trust, Quincy, MA, and South Weymouth Savings Bank.
Adeline married James E. Keefe of Rockland, MA on September 16, 1951. The couple raised five children, all of whom were with her in her last days.
Once her youngest children were of school age, Adeline worked as a teacher’s aide at John Simpkins Elementary School, South Yarmouth, from 1972 - 1982, and as an administrative assistant for the Dennis-Yarmouth School District, from 1982 - 1986. In her retirement, Adeline traveled the world, including Ireland, China, Russia, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. She worked the polls during elections for a number of years; was an avid bowler and tennis player into her 80s; enjoyed playing cards with friends; was an active parishioner at St. Pius X Church; and loved taking care of her grandchildren.
Adeline was preceded in death by her parents, husband James, sisters Kathleen Strachan, Mary McGlynn, and Theresa Shea; and brothers Terrence and Kevin McGlynn.
Adeline is survived by her loving children Katherine Shine, Peter Keefe, Daniel Keefe, Maura Allen, and Thomas Keefe, and their spouses; sisters Helen Carr and Marjorie Capozzi; her grandchildren Kaitlyne, Christopher, Michael, Shannon, Emily, Julie, and Erin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday February 12, from 4-7 pm at the Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Dr., South Yarmouth. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday February 13, at 10 am at Saint Pius X Church, Station Ave., South Yarmouth.
Adeline’s family would like to thank the physicians, nurses, caregivers, and patient transport drivers who shared their love and skills with her in her last years.
Donations may be made in Adeline’s memory to Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod (http://www.vnacapecod.org/) and the National Kidney Foundation (https://www.kidney.org/