Passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Berkeley, aged 81 years. A native of Ireland and resident of Berkeley for over fifty years. Survived by her daughter, Eileen Berger and her husband, Ralph of Orinda; sons, Patrick of Berkeley, and Rory of San Francisco; sisters, Eileen of Co. Clare, Ireland, and Pamela of Switzerland; brother, Patrick of Dublin, Ireland; grandchildren, Danna, Trina, Brianna, Brendon, and Brian; and her caregiver and friend, Veronica Machado. Preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Denis Keefe in 1990. Joan had been a lecturer for and was very active in the Celtic Studies Program at UC Berkeley. She co-edited “The Penguin Book of Women Poets” and was author of “Irish Poems from Cromwell to the Famine”. Joan was a great cook and will be remembered for her keen interest in the goings-on of the world. Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road 100, Burlingame CA 94010.