Obituaries » Mary Jeanne Mahoney Kehl
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April 8, 1955 - March 3, 2022
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Mary “Jeanne” (Mahoney) Kehl, age 66, of Scranton, Pa., peacefully went home to our Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 3, 2022.
Jeanne was born on April 8, 1955, to the late Frank T. and Ceil T. (McDonough) Mahoney, lifelong residents of Scranton. Of Catholic faith she attended St. Ann’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and Mass by Deacon Edward R. Shoener where she lived. She graduated from West Scranton Senior High School class of 1973.
Jeanne was always so loving, caring, and generous. She was always a fighter and survivor since she was a child and would do everything she could to protect her family until the very end. Throughout her life she devoted her time to volunteer work. She volunteered with the Jefferson Twp. Ladies Auxiliary, and was a firefighter and EMT. She also volunteered at the election polls.
In the Adams apartment building where she resided, she opened and ran a breakfast “coffee shop” for almost six years with the help of her good friend, Charlie. SHA even featured an article on the coffee shop.
Throughout her life caring for and providing companionship for her family and friends was always her passion. She loved animals and made friends very easily. She could sit on a bench for 10 minutes and walk away with 10 lifelong friends. Her heart was truly and genuinely made of solid gold.
Jeanne loved her “P.J. Bear,” listening to music, cooking (her signature was lasagna) and baking sweets. She loved Bella Pizza & Pasta on Pittston Avenue, and watching the ID Channel.
Jeanne’s favorite pastimes were horseback riding, Rocky Glen Ghost Town and Nay Aug’s pool and amusement park with her kids and nieces, shopping and going to the park with her sister Ceil and kids. Jeanne’s son helped her travel the U.S. via live video while he traveled for work.
Just like her mother, Jeanne was truly an angel on earth. And will forever be our heavenly angel. Anyone who knew her would know just how blessed they were to have her in their life.
For almost 30 years Jeanne lived with her “Sis.” The love and bond between both of them was always unbreakable. Sis was Jeanne’s best friend, companion and truly her other half. Jeanne wants everyone to know just how much Sis has always meant to her and the limitless devotion of love and affection she always had for her.
Jeanne’s children were her best and greatest achievements ever. She loved them profoundly. More than they will ever know. She was also so proud of the kind of parents her children are. Her six grandchildren filled her heart with such indescribable love and joy.
Surviving are her two daughters, Patti Kehl and her granddaughter, Chloe, both of Pittston; Jackie Kehl, husband, Wayne Kichar, and her granddaughter, Shylie, all of Throop; her son, Jay Kehl; his father, Jimmy Wheeler; and her granddaughters, Alexandra, Victoria, Gabriella; and their mother, Jessica Kehl; and her grandson, Zayden Kehl, and his mother, Tressa Detrick, all of Scranton; two nieces who were always more like daughters, Barbara Miller and son, Michael, both of Duryea; Karen Purdy (also her goddaughter), husband, Shane, and children, Kaylon, Kalena, Branden Pinto, fiancée, Mariah, and their three children, Lillie, Jules and Ivory, all of Dunmore; and great-nephew, Quinlan, and his mother, Heidi, both of Jermyn.
Also surviving are her sisters, Patricia “Sis” Miller, of Scranton, and former husband, Max; Ceil Christiano, husband, Rich, and their children, Kellie, Dougie and Joey, of Scranton; Joann Diano-Mahoney, who is more of a sister than sister-in-law, of Scranton. Jeanne is also leaving behind many more family members; great friends, Pat, Charlie, Chris, Jimmy B and more.
A special thank you to Dr. Michael Rogan, MD of Scranton for his many years of medical treatment and compassion.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ceil Mahoney; her husband, Robert Kehl; brothers Frankie, Tommy and Joe Mahoney; her beloved nephew who was always more like a son, P.J. Miller; and many more McDonoughs and Mahoneys.
Jeanne also wanted to say a very heartfelt thank you to her nieces Barbie and Karen for all the love and care they provided, especially Karen who was her primary caregiver.
A celebration of her life is scheduled for Sunday between 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., West Scranton, with blessing services to conclude.