OAK RIDGE - Eileen K. Attanasio (Kientz) passed into eternal life on Monday, May 16, 2011, at St. Clare's Hospital in Denville, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was 72 years old. Eileen was born in Paterson to Leonard and Agnes Kientz (Caulley), where she lived and was married. After residing in Sanford, Fla., and Paterson for a short time, she moved to Oak Ridge in 1967. Mrs. Attanasio was a retired sales clerk with Macy's and marched in their Thanksgiving Day parades as a balloon handler or a clown. She was an avid bowler and was involved earlier in life playing semi-professional women's basketball and softball. Known for her infectious smile and good nature, Eileen was a loving wife and mother, and adored her husband, children and eight grandchildren. Having a deep love and concern for all people, particularly children, she was loved by all and will be sadly missed. She was predeceased by her brother, Leonard Keintz. Eileen is survived by her husband of 52 years, John Attanasio, of Oak Ridge; her daughter, Eileen Patricia Attanasio and Chau Nguyen, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; her three sons, Thomas Alan and wife Linda of Branchville, John Leonard III of Kalispell, Mont., and Michael Joseph and wife Elaine of Lake Hopatcong; her brother, Larry Keintz and wife Arlene of Inverness, Fla.; her sister-in-law, Frances Keintz, of West Paterson; and her eight grandchildren, Justin, Nicole, Hunter, Michaela, John IV, Christian, Alexis and Michael II. Friends and family are invited to Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, with burial in Florida National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions in Eileen's name be sent to Columbia University ALS Gift fund for research c/o Dr. H. Mitsumoto at The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center, Columbia University, Neurological Institute of NY, 710 West 168th St., Suite 9-007, New York, NY 10032.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 19, 2011