In Hamden, March 2, 2003, Kate Hemingway Keefe, 88, of 200 Leeder Hill Dr., wife of the late Donald F. Keefe. She was the daughter of the late Louise Lee and Ruth Alicia Porter Hemingway and sister of the late Louis Lee Hemingway, Jr. She is survived by three children: Sarah H. Keefe of Scituate, MA, Nicholas F. Keefe of San Francisco, CA and Thomas F. Keefe of Middlebury, VT, three grandchildren: Nathaniel, Emma and Asa Keefe. Mrs. Keefe graduated from the Masters School at Dobbs Ferry, NY and from Vassar College, Class of 1937, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She met her future husband in 1940 and was married in April 8, 1942, the first couple to be married in the St. Thomas More Chapel, Yale Univesity. She was active in a variety of community affairs, serving on the Boards of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, The Children's Center, the New Haven Colony Historical Society and the Grove Street Cemetery. She also belonged to the Saturday Morning Club, The North End Club and for many years was an active reader at Recording for the Blind. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Thursday, March 6 at 12:30 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Thomas More Chapel, 268 Park St., New Haven at 1:00 P.M. Interment will be held at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Thomas More Chapel, Building Fund, 268 Park St., New Haven, CT 06511 or to the Children's Center, 1400 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517.

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  1. Kate Keefe was one of the strongest supporters of The Children\’s Center of Hamden for many years. Her thoughful and sensitive approach to issues involving at-risk children was exemplary. As a longtime Board member, she helped the agency in so many ways. David Huntington, Director of Development, The Children\’s Center of Hamden, 1993-2002

  2. May God be with you at this most difficult time and always. My prayers are with the Keefe Family. Sincerely, Edna Hammarstrom

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the Keefe family at this most difficult time. With great sympathy, Lisa Valois.

  4. Please accept my deep sympathy upon the death of your mother. I am sorry that I was not able to be with you, but I have had the flu. You will be in our thoughts and our prayers.

  5. We extend our deepest sympathy to Kate\’s family. She leaves us with many memories of her thoughfulness and civic contributions. Jeanne and David Musto

  6. We, at the Children\’s Center of Hamden, extend our deepest sympathy to Kate\’s family. Kate was a Board Member since 1985 and was thoroughly committed to the mission of the agency. She was a wonderful lady and we will miss her greatly. Diane Surprenant

  7. Wishing you sincere condolences at this most difficult time. Have courage and take care of yourself. Jackie O\’Neill

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