Patricia A. Keegan

July 13, 1935 - Oct. 5, 2018
Patricia A. Keegan, July 13, 1935 - Oct. 5, 2018

Patricia Ann Keegan of East Hampton Village died on Oct. 5 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue, at the age of 83. She had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer a month before her death.

Ms. Keegan worked for almost 40 years with John Courtney’s law firm in Amagansett. She was a dedicated volunteer at the East Hampton Neighborhood House, at Southampton Hospital, and at the East Hampton Food Pantry, and a eucharistic minister at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton.

Patricia Ann Keegan was born in Brooklyn on July 13, 1935, one of four children of the former Marion T. Kenny and Eugene E. Keegan. She grew up in Queens, graduating from Dominican Commercial High School in Jamaica.

In the mid-1950s she married Richard A. Schmitter, who now lives in Ocala, Fla. They had five sons, one of whom, Ronald, died in infancy. The Schmitters moved to East Hampton in 1968; the marriage ended years later in divorce.

Ms. Keegan married Donald Schrage of East Hampton in 2005. Mr. Schrage survives, as does a brother, Dennis Keegan of Garden City, and a sister, Rosemarie Cahill of Key Largo, Fla. Another sister, Jean Keegan, died before her.

Her four surviving sons are Richard Schmitter of Coventry, R.I., Raymond Schmitter of Napa, Calif., and Robert Schmitter and Ryan Schmitter of East Hampton. Their mother was “beautiful and elegant,” they said.

The Rev. Ryan Creamer of Most Holy Trinity Church will preside at a funeral service there on Wednesday, with Mass said at 11 a.m. The family has invited those who knew Ms. Keegan to a reception afterward at 30 Cooper Lane, from 1 to 4 p.m. She was cremated; her ashes will be buried at the church’s cemetery on Cedar Street.