Doris Kehoe

Doris R. Kehoe

Tuesday, February 7th, 1922 - Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
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Doris Ruth Kehoe, 97 of Bronson passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Promedica of Coldwater.

A funeral service will take place at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Dutcher Funeral Home of Bronson with Pastor Terry Siler of the First Congregational Church of Bronson officiating. Interment will follow at Bronson Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Dutcher Funeral Home of Bronson.

Doris was born February 7, 1922 on a farm in Athens Township to Ralph S. and Daisy (Isham) Watkins. She married Richard Kehoe in 1958 at Bronson First Congregational Church. He preceded her in death in 2007. She attended elementary school at Fox School on M-60. Doris graduated from Union City High School in 1940 at Valedictorian. She then went to Western Michigan University and was granted a teaching certificate in 1942. In 1956 Doris received a BA degree and a MA degree in 1971in Special Education at WMU. She taught a total of 36 years in Burlington, Lansing, East Leroy and the last 25 years at Bronson Community Schools retiring in 1984. Doris was a life member of the National and Michigan Education Associations, Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, the WMU Alumni Association, and a long-time member of AARP. She was an active member of the Bronson Educational Association. Doris was awarded as an outstanding Jr. High educator in 1973. She was very involved in the Special Olympics program and was honored as the Branch County Coach of the Year in 1982 for Area 18. Doris raised funds for many years for Bronson Community School Special Class. In 2012 she was inducted into the Bronson High School “Hall of Fame”.

Doris was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church, Women’s Fellowship, and the Church Council. She has been an active member of the Polish Festival Days council and honored as the Honorary Grand Marshall of the parade in 1990 and 2008 along with Leo Lehman. In 2009 the Council honored her with a plaque for over 40 years of service. Doris served on the Boards of Bronson Community Chest, United Way of Branch County, Branch County Historical Society, Bronson Woman’s Club, and Office Advisory Committee at the Branch County Career Center. She has been a long-time member of the Bronson Community Foundation and Friends of the Bronson Public Library. Doris started “Make a Difference Day” to purchase books for the Public Library several years ago supported by the members of the Woman’s Club, members of the Friends and Area Community. She served as an officer in most volunteer work. Doris loved to grow flowers, read, do volunteer work, and help her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be missed by many.

Doris is survived by her daughter Pamela (James) Stout of Florida; son Larry (Robin) Kehoe of Bronson; step-daughter Patricia (Leon) Muzzy of Illinois; daughter-in-law’s Jeanette Kehoe, Sue Weiss, and Joann Kehoe; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 8 great, great grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Richard Kehoe; her parents; son David Weiss; step-son Lynn Kehoe; granddaughter Rhonda Barnaby; first husband Charles Weiss; sister Mildred Truesdell; and brother Duane Watkins.

Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church or Friends of the Bronson Public Library.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Dutcher Funeral Home of Bronson
    321 E. Chicago St.
    BRONSON, MI 49028
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  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 1:00pm
    Dutcher Funeral Home of Bronson
    321 E. Chicago St.
    BRONSON, MI 49028
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  • Interment

    Bronson Cemetery
    Grant St
    BRONSON, MI 49028
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Jeanette Kehoe

Posted at 04:55pm
Such a strong, smart, loving woman. Helped Richard and John Weilgos start K& Mfg. with lots with of her time and expertise - giving her family and others their livelihood. What a legacy she has left for all of us. Missing our Grammy, we love you so much,
Korinna, Hank, Wendy, Myste, Shrina, Torrie, Jace, Bentley, Hailei, and Jeanette

Melanie Austin

Posted at 03:52pm
Aunt Doris was an inspiration in my life. Her and my grandmother getting their masters degree later in life made an impression on me at an early age. Growing up in the Kehoe family was a blessing. One of my memories is helping with a wedding shower at Aunt Doris's house, I felt like an adult! Rest in Peace.

Kent miller

Posted at 07:41pm
Sorry to hear of your moms passing, she was a great .she taught a lot of kids about bowling at the alley.

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