James Francis Keane, 85, of Morgan Park, died April 12.

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at a date to be announced. Donnellan Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice Keane; his children, Brigid (Daniel Scheffler), Alice (Philip Johnson) Keane, James and Walter; his grandchildren, Audrey, Travis, Nathaniel, Jessica, Grace, Nehama, Finn and Cy; his sisters, Anne (Jim) Gainer and Mary (Ralph) Oberlin; 11 nieces and nephews; and 21 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Keane was an alumnus of Quigley Preparatory Seminary. He was a lover of education and earned degrees from Loyola University, Chicago State University (CSU), Roosevelt University and a doctorate in public administration from Nova University.

He was elected state representative from the 28th District and served with distinction from 1979 to 1992. He was widely respected on both sides of the aisle.

Keane taught at Leo High School from 1961-1968. He was the founder and president of the American Federation of Teacher (Local 1700) and led the first teachers’ strike in parochial high schools. He was also the director of resource mobilization for the city of Chicago (1970-1972), a member of the faculty/staff at CSU (1972-1975), a senior fellow in the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois (1992-1994) and a board member of Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Keane was a recipient of many awards and distinctions.

Memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, or Emilie’s Fund, 2320 W. 113th Pl., Chicago, IL 60643.