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Eileen Cecilia Cook (LaSalle) of Mesa, AZ, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was 86 years old. She was born on December 10, 1927, in Denver, Colorado. She was married September 17, 1949 to Kenneth B. Cook, who passed away April 19, 2010. Eileen worked at Porter's Cabinets in Mesa, AZ, Valley Cotton, Gilbert, AZ (family business), and A-Back Welding, Gilbert, AZ (family business) as a bookkeeper, before her well-deserved retirement. She loved traveling, going on cruises, and visiting family and friends in Denver, Colorado. She also enjoyed playing games, and card games such as trash train and ponytail canasta. She enjoyed the occasional trip to the casino, going to the movies and having a good seafood meal, and lobster was one of her favorites. Eileen was a devoted mother and wife. She enjoyed cooking, and was especially keen on family traditions. Her Italian salad with her special oil and vinegar dressing (in later years she shared the secret with Alicia which was to add pepperoncini juice), anise pizzelles, spaghetti sauce, cinnamon rolls, chicken noodle soup with homemade egg noodles and pirogues are traditions that will be carried on in the families. She doted on all of her grandchildren. She especially enjoyed her babies. She was proud of every accomplishment and relished in their lives. She was a life-long practicing Catholic, with a strong faith, and one of the greatest gifts to her family was to live by example. After her second stroke, her daughter Debbie moved in to be with her so she could stay in her home. Debbie cared for her mom for over three years. We express our sincere heartfelt gratitude to Debbie for this gift to her mom. We also express our thanks to Alicia Cook (granddaughter) for caring for both her grandfather and grandmother during their lengthy illnesses. Visitation will be Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Falconer Funeral Home, 251 W. Juniper, Gilbert, AZ. Mass of Catholic Christian Burial will be Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85206, with burial to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery 1500 E. Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ. Eileen is survived by 4 children; daughter Debbie Brown of Payson, AZ, son Brian (Linda) Cook of Chowchilla, CA, Joe (Margaret M. (Peggy) of Gilbert, AZ, and Patrick (Lynn) of Apache Junction, AZ; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. For additional information please visit: www.falconerfuneralhome.com
Falconer Funeral Home
251 West Juniper Avenue Gilbert, AZ 85233-3914
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 30, 2014