Mrs. Bertha E. (Stankus) O'Keefe

  • Born: December 22, 1919
  • Died: August 7, 2019
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

The O'Donnell Funeral Home

O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
Tel. (978) 744-2350

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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SALEM- Mrs. Bertha E. (Stankus) O'Keefe 99, of Topsfield, formerly of Salem and North Conway, N.H., beloved wife of the late Timothy O'Keefe, died peacefully, Wednesday, August 7, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Anna B. (Sidaris) Stankus. She was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1937.

Mrs. O'Keefe began her professional career working with the telephone company prior to her marriage. She dedicated her life to her family and devoted her time to creating a warm and loving home.

A long-time resident of the City of Salem, Bertha possessed a strong faith and upon moving to North Conway, N.H., she became a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church. She was an active woman and athlete and was especially fond of skiing, a passion she shared with her family. She was a competitive ski racer well into her mid 80's and was ranked the number two competitive skier in her over 70 age group. She was a wonderful seamstress and a fabulous cook. She was truly the matriarch of her family. She flourished as a grandmother and dotted on her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bertha is survived by her daughters, Elaine Nylander and her husband John of Topsfield and Kathleen McCormack and her husband Warren of Ormond Beach, Fl, her son, Edward O'Keefe and his wife Barbara of Vero Beach, Fl, her grandchildren, Jason McCormack, Meghan McCormack, Shannon O'Keefe and Timothy "TJ" O'Keefe, her three great grandchildren, Andrew, Kyle and Quinn and several nieces and nephews. She was the grandmother of the late Bryan O'Keefe and was pre-deceased by 7 siblings.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Monday, August 12th at 9 A.M. followed by her funeral Mass in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Margin St., Peabody at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Sunday, Aug. 11th from 4 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Bertha's memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit