Mary R. (Ardagna) Keefe, age 88

of South Boston

Mary R. (Ardagna) Keefe, age 88

Mary R. (Ardagna) Keefe, age 88, a longtime resident of South Boston, died peacefully, Sunday, January 23, 2022 in the comfort of her loving family.

Mary was born in Boston, to the late Salvatore and Angela (DiStefano) Ardagna. Raised and educated in South Boston, she was a graduate of Girls High School. She lived in South Boston for eighty-two years of her life, which she was very proud of, as evidenced by her often saying, “you can take the girl out of Southie, but you can’t take Southie out of the girl!”

Mary was a dedicated employee of Gillette for twenty-five years and had been happily retired for many years thereafter. She loved hosting and feeding her friends and family, especially for the annual Southie St. Patrick’s Day parade, attending family reunions, day trips to the casino, and watching the Game Show Network or her favorite soap operas. She was a former member of the Castle Island Association.

Above all, she loved the life she shared with her late husband, Paul, and cherished the memories she created with her children, granddaughters, and great-grandchildren. Mary was a warm-hearted and gentle woman who will be remembered for her kindness and thoughtfulness.

Beloved wife for sixty-three years of the late W. Paul Keefe.

Devoted mother of Paul W. Keefe and his wife Karen, Angela Itri and her late husband Thomas.

Loving grandmother of six granddaughters and eleven great-grandchildren.

The last of seven siblings, she was predeceased by Antonio Ardagna, James Ardagna, Pauline Rental, Beatrice Dieso, Frances Chiappi, and Joseph Ardagna. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, January 30, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The family requests that those attending Mary’s services wear a mask or face covering. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Monday, January 31, at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, due to restrictions at the cemetery, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Seasons Hospice Foundation, 1 Edgewater Drive, Norwood, MA 02062 or www.seasonsfoundation.org/donate.

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  • My sincere condolences to the Keefe, Itri and Ardagna Families.
    My mom Mary MacLean has lost her life long friend and cousin that she loved so dearly.
    Speaking for myself and my children they did have the pleasure to meet Mary, what I can say about her is that she was one of those kind and lovely souls, one in a million- salt of the earth as we used to say.
    She made anyone that had the pleasure to know her feel grounded, calm and special.
    We all know she will be missed dearly here by all, but we also know she has angels waiting for her with open arms to embrace her warmly.
    We are all very sorry for your great loss.

  • Love you more Auntie Mary

  • We loved our visits with you when we come up from Florida I wish I got 1 more visit to say I love you we will think of you always rest in pease ❤️

  • To my Godmother and to her husband, my favorite uncle, Uncle Paul who recently passed and whom I was their favorite nephew. To her children, Little Paul and Angela my favorite first cousins. To every month, residing in the Midwest, Auntie Mary would call regardless where she heard there was a tornado, flood or bad storm whether Kentucky, Florida anywhere other than New England, would ask if we were OK. Who on every monthly chat would remind me how I broke her arm as, as Godmother, holding me as baby at my first holy communion, “Oh Stephen did I every tell you how you broke my arm?”
    To my second Mom I love you and will miss you.
    Rest In Peace with all those other Angels.
    Your God Son Stephen

  • We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Auntie Mary. Thank you for the love you always gave to my family and I growing up and now as an adult to my children. You were the living light that lived on for our Granny. My dad always said you were like his second mom and for that we are eternally grateful. We are sending our love to all of those effected by this enormous loss from Kansas City.