Judie G. O'Keefe

Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | March 19, 2019

Judie G. O’Keefe, age 93 of McCandless, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at The Arbors at St. Barnabas – Valencia. She was born January 9, 1926 in Jeannette, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sally Williams Gabriel and wife of the late John J. O’Keefe. Judie was a 1948 graduate of Duquesne University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Psychology. She was the social chairman for her sorority Sigma Lambda PHI and was a greeter for St. Barnabas. She and her husband John were avid ballroom dancers and achieved the status of king and queen of the ball. She was an excellent seamstress and made her own ball gowns. She touched the lives of everyone she met.

She is survived by her daughter Karen (Michael) Bodrock of West Mifflin; granddaughter Julie LaGuardia of White Oak; grandson Michael (Missi) LaGuardia of Port Vue; grandchildren, PFC Michael McCloskey, Noah, Hanna and Angelina LaGuardia. She was preceded in death by her brother Lewis J. Gabriel. Arrangements were handled by Strifflers of Dravosburg/West Mifflin, 740 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, PA 15034 (412-678-6192). Burial will take place at St. Patrick Church Cemetery, Kennett Square, PA. Remembrances in Judie’s name may be made to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901. To share a memory or condolence visit

Originally published March 19, 2019.

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