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Rosemary Ann “Gram” Keating

September 22, 1941 - September 14, 2021

Rosemary Ann “Gram” Keating, 79, of Chestertown, MD, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on September 22, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Peter Charles and Marie Rose (Barrile) Pistorio. Gram was in the first graduating class at Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, PA. Following graduation, she spent several years working in the automobile repair business and as a stay-at-home mom. Gram was the youngest in her neighborhood, and was always taking care of her older friends. In August of 1986, she moved with her family to Chestertown, MD, where she worked in various professions, making many new friends who ultimately became family. In January of 2004, Gram, along with her daughter and granddaughter, opened Dependable Eye Care. From this endeavor, she helped many patients who she treated like family. Gram touched many lives everywhere she went, making lifelong friendships.

For many years, she taught Sunday School at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Gram enjoyed traveling locally and back home to Philadelphia. Dedicated to her faith, she attended Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Of all her passions, her great-granddaughter brought her the greatest joy. Even during her illness, Gram always shared words of wisdom and warm, loving hugs. She will always be remembered as a loving and generous individual.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda R. Keating; granddaughter, Rosemarie L. Lobley-VanZant (Brett); great-granddaughter, Marie VanZant; special granddaughter, Jaclyn Nuckels (Sam Barker), and many dear friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm, on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Our Mother of Sorrows, 303 Chesterfield Ave, Centreville, MD, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 2 pm.  Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, PA on Monday, September 27, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gram’s memory to Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations ATTN: Perelman School of Medicine, 3535 Market St., Suite 750; Philadelphia, PA 19104, online by clicking here, to Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 66, Church Hill, MD 21623, or to Our Mother of Sorrows Church at the address listed above.

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  • Will always cherish the friendship we had it grew over the last five years into a greater understanding of life and the meaning of friendship and how some people just are drawn to another person for there wisdom and knowing. We talked about serious things and what we had for dinner she will always be in my heart. RIP my friend

  • I can remember all the lunches we had together, good times. Such a sweet wonderful lady and loved her God. I know she’s with him rejoicing. Prayers for the family. Big hugs to you all. Lots of love ❤️ to you. Thinking of you Kenny Betty Jo & family

  • Thank you for all the years of love and guidance, all the hugs and smile.
    You earned your wings
    Love and miss you

    Mark

  • 🙏🙏🙏My sincere condolences to Grams family. Gram was one special lady may she Rest in Peace.

  • Our prayers and thoughts are with Rosemary family . We are deeply sorry for your loss. We hope the many memories she shared help ease the pain at this difficult time. She was such a very caring and thoughtful person for those who knew her.

  • My heart goes out to her entire family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Miss Keating’s passing. She was a dear sweet lady, and we will miss her tremendously. God has another beautiful angel in his heavenly kingdom. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family today, and in the days ahead. ✝️
    Our love, Vickie & Jeff Conner 💗🙏

  • Linda, Rosie, Brett and Marie, I was shocked when I saw this on FB tonight. Gram was such a dear person and my friend, she always had a kind word for everyone she met. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and I am send you all a “BIG HUG”.

  • I am so very sorry for yours and our loss. I’m just hearing this today. My heart just dropped. I loved Ms. Rose. She brought a smile on my face every time I had a chance to talk/hug and kiss her on her cheek. Talking about how good God is… I know she is without suffering now but she will be missed beyond words. As I sit at my desk with tears in my eyes, I’m thinking about our last conversation upstairs and I smiled.❤🙏🙏

  • This breaks my heart Prayers to you and the family I am so sorry

  • Grammy touched many hearts. She will be dearly missed in my heart. My heart is heavy but grateful for meeting such a special lady.