1934 - 2023
VisitationNovember 8, 2023
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford
FuneralNovember 9, 2023
St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 N. Main Street, Westford, MA
On the night of October 31st, Lorraine “Rainy” finished a fun movie and joined her husband Ray for the news. A kiss. Retired to bed. In the quiet of the early morning, still in a peaceful sleep. The Angels Came.
Lorraine F. Keele, 89, of Westford, MA. passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at her home in Westford.
She was married to Douglas Ray Keele Sr. with whom she had celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on May 13, 2023. Born in Roxbury, MA. she was the daughter of the late Michael F. and Evelyn F. (Goodwin) Burke.
Lorraine graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School for Girls with the class of 1952. After high school she received a full scholarship to attend Emmanuel College but selflessly decided to decline instead to work for John Hancock Insurance Company to help support her family.
She met the love of her life, Douglas Ray, at the USO in Boston and ultimately settled in Westford in 1970 where she raised her family.
Above all, Lorraine was a devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a fixture on the sidelines of her childrens and grandchildrens various school events. She also made sure to never miss a Halloween in Buffalo with her daughter and autistic grandson Danny Ray. Rainy was a tower of love, strength and support to all who knew her. Lorraine was a faithful parishioner of the Blessed Trinity Parish and St. Catherine of Alexandria Church.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her five sons: Douglas Keele Jr. of Westford, MA.-Kevin Keele ( Beverley) of Scottsdale, AZ.-Stephen Keele ( Mary) of Carlisle, MA.-John Keele (Julie) of Templeton, MA.-David Keele (Kristen) of Westford, MA.- her daughter Julie Nurse (Michael) of Centerville, OH, her two sisters Hildred Harhen of Westford, MA. and Catherine Themistokleous (Louis) of Duxbury, MA. her sister-in-law Mary Burke of Mashpee, MA, her seventeen grandchildren; Melissa, Stephanie, Shannon, Joseph, Adam, Joshua, Matthew, Julia, Ryan, Emily, Lilly, Tess, Gracie, Matthew, Abigail, Daniel, Hannah, and her eleven great-grandchildren; Logan, Bryson, Evie, Maddie, George, Jack, Joseph Jr., Conor, Drew, Bradley, Jack and three on the way. She was the sister to the late Harold Burke and the sister-in-law to the late Paul Harhen. In Lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Lorraine’s name to The Summit Center 150 Stahl Road Getzville, NY 14068 Attn: Sue Keenan https://www.thesummitcenter.org/donate/, in support of her Grandson Danny Nurse.
Visiting hours Wednesday, November 8, 2023 from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, N. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 9:00a.m. at Dolan Funeral Home followed by a 10:00am Funeral Mass at Blessed Trinity Parish- St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Westford, MA. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Westford, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com