HARTFORD — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 "Rosie the Riveter" painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.
Keefe died Tuesday in Simsbury after a brief illness, said her daughter, Mary Ellen Keefe. She had lived for the past eight years at The McLean Village Community in Simsbury.
Keefe grew up in Arlington, Vt., where she met Rockwell — who lived in West Arlington — and posed for his painting when she was a 19-year-old telephone operator. The painting was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943.