LYNN- Ann M. (O'Keefe) Greenleaf, 46, of Lynn, formerly of Salem, beloved wife of Donald E. Greenleaf Jr., died Saturday September 30, 2017 at Kaplan Family Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Salem she was the daughter of Camille (White) O'Keefe and the late Joseph A. O'Keefe Sr. Raised and educated in Salem she was a graduate of Salem High School class of 1990. Ann continued her education at Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute graduating from their Cosmetology program.
Mrs. Greenleaf had been employed as a Resident Care Associate at the Atrium in Danvers for over 15 years, where she was well known for her dedication and kindness to the many residents.
A loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt, Ann was devoted to her family. Her greatest joy was her children whom she showered with love and attention. She took great delight in their activities and was most proud of their many accomplishments. Ann's role as a mother was a role she excelled at and gave her, her greatest pleasure. Ann will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.
In addition to her husband Donald Greenleaf of Lynn and her mother Camille O'Keefe of Salem, Ann is survived by her sons, Cameron Greenleaf a senior at Lynn Classical High School and Cullen Greenleaf a freshman at Lynn Classical High School, her siblings, Francis O'Keefe of Salem, Jane O'Keefe of Salem, Mary O'Keefe-Sullivan and her husband Robert of Beverly, Joseph O'Keefe Jr. and his wife Diane of Salem, Edward O'Keefe and his wife Lisa of Salem, Kathleen O'Keefe and her partner Debbie Williams of Boston, Kevin O'Keefe and his wife Robin of Ipswich, father-in-law Donald Greenleaf Sr. of Lynn, sister-in-law, Tammie Greenleaf-Stewart and her husband Christopher of Rhode Island, brother-in-law Steven Greenleaf and his wife Ann Marie of Lynnfield and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Shawn O'Keefe and daughter-in-law of the late Mary Greenleaf.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem on Friday, October 6th at 9 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Blvd., Salem at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours in the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 5th from 4 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ann's memory to the Scholarship Fund to benefit her sons at https://www.gofundme.com/ann-greenleaf-s-cancer-journey or to a charity of one's choice. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Don Greenleaf met Ann O'Keefe from Salem MA
Joe O'Keefe`s baby girl!
They were married on May 3,1997.
Not to long after came Cameron, then Cullen.
That is the begining of their love story.
A year ago Ann was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
She has done an incredible job fighting this battle everyday. A few weeks ago they found out the cancer had spread to her brain. As you can imagine this was tough news to hear. Once again , Ann is strong!
They spent almost 2 weeks at Mass General Hospital, with some heavy meds and treatments.
Ann has not been able to work for the last year. Don has been working 12 hour days with Salem Glass to try to keep up with the finaces. Recently he had to take a layoff in order to be home. Family is important to them. For two hard working people, who are always putting others before themselves asking for HELP is out of the question! ( a few of us may be in trouble when they find out what we are doing.)
With the future uncertian and the financial burden that comes with a cancer diagnosis....We are asking on behalf of Ann and Don any support you can give.
This will at least ease some of the stress they are dealing with at this time. We are aware this is something they would never ask for themselves.
People are always saying "let me know if there is anything I can do". We are asking now, this is what we can do. As Don would say " No, No, we are all good. So , how are you? The kids?"
Please spread the word , share the page.
We are very greatful for any donation.
Should Don have a hard time taking this money. We will make sure Cameron and Cullen will have a College fund started.
Thank you so very much for reading the story of
The Greenleaf Family.
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This is a beautiful post from Camille O'Keefe
Ann O'Keefe Greenleaf is my daughter. She is the wife of Don Greenleaf and two wonderful children. Ann is loving and caring. She brought joy to her family and friends. Great sense of humor. She works at the Atrium in Danvers for 17 years. She works with Alzheimer patients. The patients and families of the parents loved her. She loves camping. She loves Maine. She is a mother who is involved with every aspect of her children's lives. Ann was diagnosed with Stage Four Breast Cancer in April 2016. She had a year of chemotherapy. Then a scan was done. She developed headaches and went to her doctor at the Mass. Gen. In Boston. The cancer had spread to her brain. The surgery was done that night. She underwent 10 days of intense radiation. She was at Mass. gen for 10 days. From June 20to July 7th. Ann's family has been with her every step her fight with this vicious disease. Someone from her family was at the hospital every day. They support her and love her. Her sisters Mary Sullivan Jane O'Keefe, Kathy O'Keefe. Brothers Kevin, Eddie, Joe. Ann list a brothe, Shawn to cancer 20 years ago. Mary and I picked Ann up for her treatments as the medication made her unable to drive. Ann's brain surgery consisted of putting a shunt in her brain to remove the fluid. Courageously she came through that. Ann's family has been their with food, clothing, helping wherever they could.
My wonderful, beautiful daughter is so much more than cancer. She is a woman who is vital. Sometimes happy. Sometimes mad. Sometimes sad. Good wonderful times. Her beautiful smile. Her presence will light up a room. Ann is a fighter. She I'll take one day at a time. Love you so much Ann.
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