Obituary: Reverend Michael F. Keane

| 04/3/2024

By: The Good Newsroom

After years as a high school teacher, Father Michael served as pastor of the Church of St. Anastasia in Harriman since July 2011

After years as a high school teacher, Father Michael had served as pastor of the Church of St. Anastasia in Harriman since July 2011.
After years as a high school teacher, Father Michael had served as pastor of the Church of St. Anastasia in Harriman since July 2011. Photo courtesy of Smith, Seaman, and Quackenbush Funeral Homes.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce Reverend Michael F. Keane entered eternal life on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Simon F. and the late Sadie (Ginnelly) Keane. He was born on April 12, 1961, in the Bronx.

Father Mike, as he was known to most, was ordained to the priesthood on May 12, 1990. He began his vocation with the Franciscan Friars at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Holyoke, Massachusetts. After some time, Michael was called to be an archdiocesan priest and transferred to St. Joseph’s Seminary and College, Yonkers.

Michael was assigned to his first parish, the Church of Regina Coeli, in Hyde Park. After his three-year assignment, he was transferred to high school ministry at St. Joseph by the Sea in Staten Island, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie. He loved working with young people and often shared stories of his growing up with them and helping them understand that being “cool” is not all it’s cracked up to be. From here Michael was moved to Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton-on-Hudson. After several years at Holy Name of Mary, Michael was transferred to the Church of St. Anastasia where he remained until his death.

Michael was a man of many talents. Not only was he a gifted homilist, but he was also a talented musician, playing the drums and the bagpipes. He was immensely proud of his Scottish/Irish heritage. He was also the current chaplain and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus #2640, Monroe, and past Faithful Friar of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Monroe. He was also a member of Haverstraw Elks Lodge No. 877.

Wherever Michael went, he gave his all to his parishioners, who were his family. He created and maintained many lifelong friendships that he cherished. His dedication to his faith and community was truly remarkable, and he will be remembered as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all of those who knew him.

Left to cherish his memory are his father Simon “Frank” of Downingtown, Pennsylvania; sisters: Joanne Radie of West Chester, Penn. ; Kerry Squillante and her husband Pat, of Downingtown, Penn.; his nieces, Sarah (Garrett) Majam, Melissa, Lauren (Dan) Mercer, Anna and Grace, his nephew Anthony, and his great nephew Duke; his maternal aunt Margaret McAlpine (Uncle George); many cousins in England, Scotland, Ireland and the countless childhood friends and parishioners who he faithfully served.

Following visitation on April 7 and the Mass of Christian Burial on April 8, Father Keane will be laid to rest with his mother in the family plot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following: St. Anastasia Church, the American Cancer Society and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

RECEPTION OF THE BODY AND WAKE • LYING IN REPOSE
Sunday, April 7, 2024 2-7 p.m.

Church of St. Anastasia
12 North Main Street
Harriman, New York 10926
845-238-3844

Entrusted to the care of the Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Homes, Monroe

PARISH REQUIEM MASS • 7 p.m.
Most Reverend Gerardo J. Colacicco, principal celebrant
To Be Determined, homilist

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
Monday, April 8, 2024 11 a.m.

Church of St. Anastasia
12 North Main Street
Harriman, New York 10926
845-238-3844

Most Reverend John S. Bonnici, principal celebrant
To Be Determined, homilist

INTERMENT
At the Convenience of the Family

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