Dolores Ann Nobile Keating

December 1, 1930 - April 15, 2018 Kennett Square, PA | Age 87 Loving Mother, Grandmother and Friend

Dolores Ann Nobile Keating, age 87, of Kennett Square, PA, died Sunday April 15, 2018 at the Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, NC. She was the wife of the late Donald Francis Keating, who died in 2000 and with whom she shared 43 years of marriage.

Born in Columbia, PA, she was a daughter of the late Michael and the late Carmella (Russo) Nobile.
Dolores graduated from Millersville University with a BA in English. She was a teacher and retired from Kennett Consolidated School District. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Antoinette Keating Hilyard of Ruther Glen VA; three sons, Kevin Keating (Nora) of Cochranville, PA, Donald F. Keating (Donna) of Avondale, Pa, and Sean Keating (Kelly) of Jacksonville, NC and 8 grandchildren, Christina, Jonathon, Kelly, Jonathon, Sean, Katherine, Matthew and Christina.

You are invited to Dolores’s Mass of Resurrection at 11AM Saturday April 21, 2018 at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Consolation Church, 603 W. 2nd Ave., Parkesburg, PA 19365. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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Our Lady of Consolation Church

603 W 2nd Ave
Parkesburg, PA 19365


Mass of Ressurection

April 21, 2018 11AM St. Patrick Catholic Church
212 Meredith St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Mrs. Keating was a GREAT classroom teacher!! In fact, she taught both my mother (in the 1950’s) and I (in 1980). One day, Mrs. Keating was reviewing writing assignments that the class had turned in. She was trying to read one of the papers but was unable to. She held this particular paper up and asked the class (in a tone only Mrs. Keating could create) “Whose paper is this??”. Recognizing the paper as my own, I sheepishly raised my hand. She said “Young man, your handwriting is atrocious!”. I was in the 7th grade and had never heard of the word “atrocious”, but I knew that when I consulted a dictionary and looked the word up, the definition would read something along the lines of “pretty damn bad”. :-) She was my favorite teacher!!

    Kevin Konitzer | April 24, 2018 at 3:07 PM
  2. Just wanted to express my deepest sympathy and to let your family know your mother’s service was beautiful the luncheon was delicious and it was great spending time with one another. Rest in peace Aunt Doll tell everyone up there hello.

    Suzanne Gerfin | April 21, 2018 at 7:29 PM
  3. Keating through and through. Will be missed by her family for sure. It is comforting to know that she and Don Sr. are back together again.

    D. HILYARD | April 21, 2018 at 2:57 PM
  4. To Keating family. Having had Delores as a teacher, neighbor and friend was a great experience. We had a lot of fun times, and a lot of laughs. She had a big heart and was very giving. She will be missed.

    Mclimans | April 21, 2018 at 8:59 AM
  5. My condolences to the Keating family! Mrs. Keating was truly one of the best teachers at Kennett. If you were lucky enough to have her as a teacher you learned a lot! She was tough but fair and was respected by all! RIP Honey Child and thank you!!!

    Tricia “Teel” Coyle | April 20, 2018 at 5:26 PM
  6. Dear Keating family – my thoughts and prayers are with all of you….may you find comfort in the fond memories you will forever cherish. I am sure that Kelly Ann was waiting for her Nona at heaven’s door and if you listen carefully, I bet you can hear them singing together the following verse that Kelly Ann always remembered from childhood…..”Bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck, barrel and a heap and I’m talking my sleep, about you….about you”

    Kim WIlson | April 20, 2018 at 3:25 PM
  7. So sorry for your loss. I had your mom as a teacher, she was strict but nice. I learned so much from her. Prayers at this difficult time.

    Karen Griffith Custis

    Karen | April 20, 2018 at 12:36 PM
  8. My condolences to the Keating family.
    Sorry for your loss.

    Kevin Kendig

    Kevin Kendig | April 20, 2018 at 10:57 AM
  9. I have so many fond memories of Mrs. Keating – I was lucky enough to have English with her for two years. She helped instill in me a love of literature and respect for rigorous thinking. I know she will be missed.

    Lily Williams | April 20, 2018 at 10:49 AM
  10. Ms Mobile (Keating) was a stand-up, respected, and loved teacher at Kennett. My sympathy and best wishes to her family.
    Rich Meinzer KHS class of 1958.

    Rich Meinzer | April 20, 2018 at 9:42 AM
  11. Dear Keating family, we were neighbors on South street for many years and all of us kids pretty much grew up together. I remember many times standing in our kitchen in the summer months, listening to her sing. Even though there was a house between us, I would just stand and listen. She had a beautiful voice. My thoughts are with you all.

    Judy Woods Nowark | April 20, 2018 at 7:26 AM
  12. I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. Keating’s passing. I have very fond memories of her teaching class in 1990. She was a fabulous teacher who was very expressive with her hands and she truly loved her students. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    L Soler | April 20, 2018 at 4:49 AM
  13. I had Mrs Keating as a teacher and have fond memories of her. My condolences to your family

    Wendy Lafferty | April 19, 2018 at 11:01 PM
  14. To the Keating Family.
    So sorry to lose a “mom”. Kevin and Nora were great friends with my son Joey Leo. Kevin was so much fun. I met his mom several times and she will be missed.
    Sincerely, Myra Leo
    April 19, 2018. 7:00pm

    Myra Leo | April 19, 2018 at 7:34 PM
  15. To the Family…
    Nothing but very fond memories of Mrs. Keating in the Kennett Square, PA school district…another Angel has gained her wings. Weeping may ENDURE for a night but joy COMETH in the morning.
    Joanne Brison Carter

    Joanne Carter | April 19, 2018 at 2:30 PM
  16. Aunt Doll was a great lady! We always knew we were going to have a fun time when she visited her home town of Columbia. I have great memories of all the family gatherings.
    She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and perfectly loyal to her Nobile brothers and sisters. So sad to see that generation fading. My condolences to the family.

    Claire | April 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM
  17. Dear Keating family,

    So sorry to hear the news of your Mother’s passing. I always liked talking with your Mom and we had some good laughs. I remember the time we were in a race together as a team down at the Kennett pool and we laughed so hard we couldn’t stay seated on whatever the heck we were trying to row to the other side. Needless to say we didn’t win. But it was fun.

    Pat Konitzer | April 18, 2018 at 9:03 PM

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