Fallen Warriors

Sharon Newman (Keefe) - Class Of 1970



Sharon Lee O’Keefe, 69, widow of Robert Dennis O’Keefe, passed away on January 5, 2022.  A lifelong resident of Hampton, she graduated from Kecoughtan High School in 1970. Sharon had the honor of serving as PTA President of John Tyler Elementary School for 3 years. She worked at the Citizens’ Unit of the Boys and Girls Club for 12 years, where she started as a secretary and worked her way up to the Unit Director. Sharon later retired in 2005 as a Senior Recreation Professional with the City of Hampton after 10 years of service.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, William and Betty Hogg, her biological father Charles Newman, her sister Mary Ann Bierbauer and brother Johnny Hogg. She is survived by her sons, Robert D. O’Keefe, Jr. (Heather Boyko) and Shawn M. O’Keefe and grandchildren, Michael O’Keefe, Mark O’Keefe, and Christopher O’Keefe. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; along with many “adopted” sons and daughters.

Whether you knew her as Sharon/Sherry, Mrs. O’Keefe, Mrs. Sharon, Nama, Aunt Sherry or simply Ma it was impossible not to be impacted by her life and the legacy she is leaving behind. Sharon was dedicated to serving her community, church and family. We will miss her smile, infectious laugh, great hugs and her support, but the family takes heart in knowing she received a glorious welcome to Heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and being reunited with the love of her life Robert.

A graveside service will be conducted, 12:00 PM Thursday, January 27, 2022 at Albert G. Horton Jr Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery. A memorial/celebration of life ceremony will be conducted, 7:00 PM Friday, January 21, 2022 at the Fort Monroe Community Center 100 Stilwell Dr, Hampton, VA 23651.

Arrangements are by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in downtown Hampton, 757-723-3191.

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01/23/22 06:47 PM #1    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)

Such sad and unexpected news that this Classmate, Sharon Newman Keefe '70, has passed away.  Another Classmate shared with me that Sharon was just the "most wonderful friend" to her.  May she rest in everlasting peace.  

Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier '69

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