Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of Yvonne Keogh-Dwyer
Yvonne (Janssens) Keogh-Dwyer, passed away at home on October 8, 2018.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY to Maria R. (VanRobbroeck) Janssens and Jacob (Jack) Janssens on September 16, 1923.
Yvonne grew up in Teaneck, NJ and graduated from Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing in September 1944 and received her Registered Nurse license in October of that year. After a few years of nursing at Holy Name Hospital, she married her husband, Walter C. Keogh-Dwyer, who she met at a clubhouse dance at Highland Lakes, NJ. They lived in Hasbrouck Heights and Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ before moving to what was to become Lake Barry in Vernon, NJ. She later lived in Sparta, NJ, where she was a member of the Sparta Seniors, and was a long time resident of Hardwick Township, NJ, where she continued to be an honorary member of the Hardwick Seniors.
During her long life, she loved being a mother the most, but continued to live her passion for nursing as a substitute nurse at Vernon Elementary School, a private duty nurse, and a volunteer at Newton Memorial Hospital. She was a Girl Scout leader in Vernon during the early 1960's. She was also very involved in supporting her husband's political campaigns and career. She owned several Standardbred horses that raced at the newly opened Meadowlands Race Track and was often in the winner's circle.
She enjoyed gardening, seeing the first snow of the season, and getting up in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower or see a beautiful full moon. Her sense of humor will always be missed.
Her three children, Barry Keogh-Dwyer of Spencer, West Virginia, Robin Zidek and her husband Joe, of Frankford Township, NJ, and Gail Keogh-Dwyer of Blairstown, NJ, survive her. She has six grandchildren, Aaron Keogh-Dwyer, Hannah Keogh-Dwyer, Rachel Alfaro, Andrea Shaub, Danielle Reay and Michael Reay, and six great-grandchildren, Thea, Gwendolyn, Reagan, Zoe, Luka and Lily. Her last known living cousin, who she continued to correspond with, lives in Duerne, Belgium.
She is pre-deceased by her husband, Walter, who died in 1975 and her brother, Walter Janssens who died in 1978.
Visitation will be held from 10-12 Noon, Monday, October 15, 2018 at Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825 with a funeral liturgy at 12 Noon. Interment will follow at North Hardyston Cemetery, North Hardyston, NJ.
Her family has asked that donations be made to one of her favorite charities, St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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