Veronica "Ronnie" L. Layer-Keefe, 69 of Las Vegas, NV and Mystic Island, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in her dream home at the Jersey Shore on Tuesday October 22, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a celebration of Ronnie's life on Sunday October 27 from 11 am to 1 pm, and from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Maxwell Funeral Home, 160 Mathistown Road Little Egg Harbor, NJ. A celebration service in her honor will be held in the funeral home at 5:30 pm. Cremation will be held privately. Arrangements are in the care of the Galante Funeral Home, 908-687-2110.
Family and friends are also invited to attend a celebratory luncheon gathering for Ronnie at the Red Men Lodge, located at 143 W Main St. in Tuckerton, NJ between visiting hours on Sunday (1 - 4 pm).
Born in Paterson, NJ, Ronnie lived there before moving to Clifton, NJ, and then to Millington, NJ. Always having loved the Jersey Shore, she and her husband decided to no longer be "bennys" and moved to Mystic Island in 2006. After building their beautiful dream home on the water at the Jersey Shore, Ronnie and her husband, Tommy, decided to split her time between New Jersey and Las Vegas. Ronnie graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and later earned a master's degree in Science from Pace University. She was a third grade teacher at School #6 in Paterson, later becoming a project manager for IBM for many years before retiring.
Ronnie loved traveling to New York City, and she frequently went to cheer on her New York Yankees, or to attend a new broadway show. A very creative woman, she treasured time spent knitting, and making crafts at the seashore with her grandchildren. Ronnie was well-loved among her many friends, and especially enjoyed being a Las Vegas socialite! Known for her big beautiful blue eyes and infectious smile, Ronnie had a fabulous sense of style and was a true fashionista.
Ronnie was the daughter of the late Katharine E. (nee Henderson) Mitchell and George Layer; the beloved wife of Thomas Keefe; loving mother of Tracey Travers and her husband Bill. Step-mother of Kelly Stewart and her husband Mark and Kathy Keefe. Cherished grandmother of Cassidy, Melissa, Austin and Logan. She was also the dear sister of Regina Gourley and her husband Joe.