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Contributed by   Jim Doran

Mary Ann Roach Doran, b. 1857, Oconto, d. 1929, Menominee, Mich., was the daughter of John Roach and Fanny Brabson. Her father died during the civil war (he served with the Oconto River Drivers unit) and her mother subsequently married Michael McKeever in Oconto Co in 1864. Fanny had two children by her 1st husband John Roach, Mary Ann & Sarah E., and another five children with 2nd husband William McKeever, Elizabeth, William, Julia, Maggie and George.

Mary Ann Roach married James C. Doran (1847-1934), my great-grandfather John's brother, Dec. 1, 1875 in Oconto. My great-grandparents, John Doran (1847-1936) and Julia Feeney (1857-1945) were married in Oconto in 1876. Julia's sister Barbara Feeney was married to John (Jack) Ratchford in the same city in 1879. Her brother Peter married Marie (Mayme) Burke. Their parents Peter Sr. (1831-1881) and Mary Walsh Feeney (1834-1916), my 2nd great-grandparents, are buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Oconto.

Here are the pertinent obits

Marinette Eagle-Star, 
Friday, May 18, 1928


  Mrs. Mary Doran, wife of James Doran of 611 Williams Ave., Menominee, died this morning at 5 o'clock at her home. Mrs. Doran had been in failing health since she fell and broke her hip about four years ago, but death resulted from heart trouble. Her final illness was of four months duration.

 Mary McKeever Doran was born in Oconto, Wis., on January 18, 1857. On December 1, 1875, she was married in Oconto to James Doran and together they
came to Menominee in 1883. They have resided there continually during the past forty-five years. The survivors are the husband, the following children, John H. Doran of Marinette, Herbert J., Edward C., and Miss Frances J. Doran of Menominee, and Roy F. Doran of Chicago, two sisters, Mrs. Patrick Curley of Stiles, Wis., Mrs. Robert Telford of Milwaukee, a brother, George McKeever of Milwaukee, and eighteen grandchildren. Another brother, William McKeever of Oconto Falls, died on April 17, at a sanitarium in Milwaukee where he was receiving treatment.

  The body was removed to the Lemieux Funeral Home and will be taken back to the family home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Funeral services will be
held Monday morning from St. John's church and the Very Rev. Father Dennis Cleary will officiate. Interment will be at Riverside.   

Mrs. Doran was a member of the Altar Society of St. John's church and was also a member of St. Mary's Court of Foresters.


Marinette Eagle-Star, 
Monday, May 21, 1928, Page Two



  A solemn requiem high mass was solemnized this morning at St. John's church, Menominee upon the occasion of the funeral of Mrs. James Doran, who died last week. The cortege formed at the family home at 8:20 and proceeded to the church where the mass was offered at 8:30 by the Rev. Father Dennis Cleary, assisted by the Rev. Father F. G. Tulley and the Rev. Father Peter Salm of Marinette.   

The room in which the casket lay at the Doran home was filled with beautiful floral tributes, silent tokens of the high esteem in which the decedent was held by her many friends. Six members of St. Mary's Court of Foresters, acted as honorary pallbearers. They were Mrs. Hinker, Mrs. Seidl, Mrs. Wachowiak, Mrs. Stauber, Mrs. Coakley and Mrs. Seidl. The active pallbearers were Frank, Lawrence and Tom Barrett, R. J. Mullins, F. A. Wachowiak and Ed. Buckley. Interment was made at Riverside, the casket being encased in a steel vault and consigned to a grave lined with cedar.

Relatives from away who came to attend the final rites included Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Doran of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Leo T. Doran of Hermansville, Howard and Octave Gravel, Miss Sue Rock and George McKeever of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. McIsaak of Waukegan, Ill., Miss Marjorie Ounsworth of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Peter Graf, Mrs. William McKeever and daughter Stella, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Peck, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer McKeever of Oconto Falls, Mrs. Patrick Curley, John Curley, Mr. and Mrs. John O'Neil of Stiles, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. John Merline, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Merline, Leo Merline, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Donlevy, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Donlevy, Jr., Homer and Peter Donlevy, Mrs. Lee Deterville and Mrs. William Curran of Oconto, Mrs. Elizabeth Waggoner and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Waggoner of Green Bay and Fred Murphy, Iron River, Mich."

Jim Doran