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Margaret "Alice" McKeown


Margaret "Alice" McKeown (nee Lyness) age 79 of Wayne passed peacefully at home on Thursday, May 30, 2013 surrounded by the comfort of her family.

She was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York and when she was in fourth grade her family moved to Paterson.  She graduated from St. George’s Grammar School and St. Johns High School in Paterson with the Class of 1951.

After high school she worked for the Curtis Wright Corporation.   Her husband to be John “Jack” J. McKeown was serving in the United States Navy and upon his return to the United States, Jack made a call from Norfolk, VA to that captain of the cheerleading squad he never forgot from high school. Her name was Margaret Lyness but everyone called her Alice. Their first date was December 31, 1951…..New Years Eve! They enjoyed a wonderful evening of celebration and first date excitement at the Northwood Dinner Club in Butler. That date lead to more dates, and eventually to engagement followed by a marriage ceremony on September 5, 1953 at St. George Parish on Getty Ave. in Paterson with Monsignor Brestel officiating. Following the ceremony and reception, the young newlyweds honeymooned for three days at the Paradise Valley Lodge in the Poconos before settling down in their first home at 70 Genessee Avenue in Paterson. They have enjoyed fifty-nine years of marriage until Jack’s passing in November of 2012. They lived on Rosedale Avenue in Clifton and eventually moved to Wayne in 1984.  

Alice will be remembered as a high energy, committed, loyal, “spit-fire” of a person.  She was in charge of just about everything at home. She mowed the lawn, planted flowers, did the cooking, and washed and folded the laundry. She often said that when she said “I do” she “did”. She was dedicated to her Catholic faith and could wear out her Rosary Beads. She and Jack had a great relationship with their daughter Kathleen  and her husband Brian. They would all go out to dinner and dancing together on Saturday nights for many years.  She was a great mom who’s special touch on Banana Cream Pie, Apple Pie, and Lemon Merengue will be greatly missed. Alice was also an amazing grandma who was a huge part of her grandchildren’s lives. She also loved playing the lottery and was buying tickets up until last week.

She was the loving wife of fifty-nine years to the late John “Jack” J. McKeown (2012); devoted mother of Kathleen McGrady and her husband Brian of Wayne, and the late John J. McKeown (1976); cherished grandmother of Jennifer Tafuri and husband Nicholas, Brian McGrady and wife Elaine, Daniel McGrady and wife Jessica, and Thomas McGrady; cherished Great Grandmother to Michael & Brandon Tafuri, loved sister of the late Robert Lyness and his surviving wife Doris, the late John Lyness and his late wife Dot, and the late William Lyness and his surviving wife Patricia.

Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 AM on Monday, June 3, 2013 from the funeral home then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, 580 Ratzer Road, Wayne where a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass will be offered.

Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Joan Dancy & Pals (for people with ALS), c/o Riverhead Medical Center, 1 Riverview Plaza, PO Box 8157, Red Bank, NJ 07701 would be appreciated.  

Guest Book


Dear Kathy, Brian, and family, Our love and prayers to all of you. Herb and I have great memories of your Mom & Dad. Aunt Alice always made me laugh. She will be missed. With Love, Janet & Herb

Janet Van Gent


Kathy, Brian and Family, My condolences to you at this time. I know your faith will lead you through the sadness in missing your Mom and knowing that she is now being held in God's gentle hands. Prayers for Alice and for all of you. Love, Eileen Kimbell-Meaney

Eileen Kimbell-Meaney

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