Eileen Herringshaw passed away Feb. 12, 2013, in her home in Klamath Falls, Ore., with her devoted husband Ab at her side.
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She was born in Windber, Pa., on May 11, 1921, to Claude and Margaret Lawhead. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania.
Eileen graduated with honors from West Chester State College with a bachelor's degree in music education and also studied music at Juilliard and Eastman School of Music in New York.
Before moving west to Malin to teach in 1950, she was the music supervisor for five Pennsylvania schools. She played professionally in several orchestras and was unusually talented and skilled on numerous instruments.
She was a member of American Association of University Women and was honored by them in 2003 as a Woman of Achievement. She was a member for over 30 years of PEO. She was one of the five founders and the first president of the Klamath Basin Oregon Music Teachers Association.
Eileen has blessed many lives with her musical gifts and taught private piano lessons to hundreds of students. She also enjoyed creating many beautiful needlepoint pieces and was an avid reader, participating regularly in book clubs.
Survivors include her husband Ab and their children Margaret and her husband Dr. Peter Milanovich and their children Dr. Mike Milanovich and Holly (Milanovich) Nichols, of Portland, Ore., Kathleen and her husband Ed Wells and their children Adam and Julia Wells of California, Jim Herringshaw and his wife Jan and their children Robert, Donna, Darla, Darcy, and Deanna of Michigan, and Dick Herringshaw of Idaho; daughter-in-law Mary Lou Herringshaw, wife of Sam who preceded Eileen in death, and their children Greg and Greta of Washington. She was also blessed with many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Eileen's life will be at First Presbyterian Church in Klamath Falls, where she was a longtime member and the organist from 1955 to 1970 and later participated in the choir and the handbell choir. The service will be at
2 p.m. March 16, with a reception to follow.
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Published in Herald And News on Feb. 17, 2013