Eileen Theresa McGuinness, 86, of Enfield, widow of Edward W. McGuinness Sr. (1995), entered into eternal peace Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Hartford Hospital.
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The daughter of the late Francis and Ellen Duffy, Eileen was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and moved to Enfield in 1957, where she had resided most of her life. She was a very active communicant at Holy Family Church, where she assisted in the church rectory for many years and was a CCD teacher/staff support. She was also a founding member of the Holy Family Church Women's Guild. Eileen enjoyed sports and was a huge fan of UConn basketball. Her most precious time was spent with her grandchildren, as they affectionately called her "Ninny."
Eileen is survived by her three children, Edward W. McGuinness Jr. and his partner, Michele Maglio, of West Peabody, Massachusetts, Mary Ellen Volodzko and her husband, Michael, of Enfield, and Susan O'Brien and her husband, Kevin, of Vernon; a sister Patricia Pickett and her husband, Robert, of Seekonk, Massachusetts; her grandchildren, Timothy O'Brien and his fiancée, Frances Muldoon, Kaleigh O'Brien, Patrick Volodzko, and Kelsey and Allison McGuinness; a sister-in-law and special friend, Rose McGuinness of Enfield; and many loving nieces, nephews, and longtime friends. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Francis and John Duffy, and two sisters, Alicia Coleman and Mary Elizabeth Duffy.
Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, for a procession to Holy Family Church for a noon Mass of Christian Burial. Committal will follow at St. Patrick King Street Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Monday, June 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Leete-Stevens.
Memorial donations may be made to Hartford Hospital Palliative Care and/or VNA Hospice (Hartford Hospital), 80 Seymour St. PO Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.
Eileen's family wishes to thank the staff of Hartford Hospital Palliative Care and CB2 for their wonderful care and support.
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Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels
61 South Road Enfield, CT 06082
Published in Journal Inquirer from May 30 to June 3, 2014