Maureen O’Donnell (Keenan) Monen

 Maureen O’Donnell (Keenan) Monen

April 11, 1934 – November 10, 2018

Maureen O’Donnell Monen (Keenan), 84, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2018 surrounded by family. Survived by her son James P. Monen Jr. and former daughter-in-law Nancy Monen; daughters and sons-in-law: Michaela and Brian Goerke, Kate and Tim Pieper, Sheila and Steve Virgil, and Emily Monen; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brothers-in-law, Leo McManus and Dr. Gerald Ries; cousin, Sally Wood. Preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, the Honorable James P. Monen, Sr.; parents, William and Rosemary Keenan; daughter, Agnes; brothers, James and John Keenan; sisters, Kathleen Much and Rosemary McManus; and grandson, William Monen.

Born on April 11, 1934 in Council Bluffs, IA, Maureen graduated from Duchesne College in 1956.  Active in Democratic Party politics, Maureen served on the Papio Natural Resources District Board and campaigned enthusiastically for Democratic candidates over the years.  Maureen loved card and board games and was an ACBL Bronze Life Master in bridge. Maureen was involved in community theater in the early years of her marriage in Norfolk, NE and was known for breaking into song at family parties, dinners with friends, and other social gatherings. Her family has fond memories of good times with her at the lake in Okoboji and on many other trips around the country. The life of the party, Maureen was loved by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 19th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  VISITATION: Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 9:30am to 10:30am, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am, all at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.



  • Joan Ryan Posted November 13, 2018 10:59 am

    My heartfelt sympathy to the Monen family. Maureen was the best in every way. I’ll miss her so much. Joanie Ryan

  • Claudia Stack Posted November 13, 2018 7:53 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Judy Meyer Posted November 17, 2018 1:11 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Maureen was the best. So glad I could see her at brookstone. Loved stamping the walker bags with her

  • Fr. Tom Fangman Posted November 17, 2018 11:57 pm

    Love her much! She radiates Joy! What a fun and dear woman. I shall remember her always. She was just the best! My heart, love, and prayers are with all of you, dear Monen family.??❤️✌️☘️??☀️

  • Ruth Muchemore Posted November 18, 2018 11:09 am

    When I heard of her death, I had a rush of memories too numerous to tell. She called me, “Ruthie,dear.” like is was my given birth name. No accident, health condition ever touched her “funny bone”. She was absolutely the best! Love and sympathy to her family from “Ruthie dear”

  • Maggie Rathouz Posted November 18, 2018 7:39 pm

    Dear Monens,
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Growing up, your home was a second home for me and your mom just counted me in with all the rest of her kids. Such a loving mom! We will all miss her much.

  • Savita Ries Posted November 18, 2018 8:32 pm

    What a quick witted, fun loving personality. I will truly miss her.

    • Jerry Ries jr Posted November 19, 2018 7:48 am

      We all loved Aunt Maureen! She always had a warm heart, great jokes and a smile on her face. I wish I could have made it back for the funeral. May she Rest In Peace & God bless the Monen family

  • Connie and Cary Shaffer Posted November 20, 2018 8:20 pm

    Our prayers and love to the Monen family. We will miss her sense of humor and her kindness whenever we were together. May all your wonderful memories of your mother sustain you during sad times.

  • Janet Haney Posted December 3, 2018 7:29 pm

    I met Maureen Monen through being neighbors of Mary & Gerry Ries and loved her from day 1. She was always so giving of herself in so many ways; a true angel of God on Earth…. I am so sorry to be so belated in sending the Monen Family my deepest Sympathy in your loss of Maureen. I know you will constantly be reminded of many special memories of life as it unfolded. May God Bless You as you travel forward with Maureen as one of your Guardian Angels. Janet Haney

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