Eileen M. (nee Smyth) of Blauvelt, NY passed away peacefully at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence on Sunday, November 18th, 2012 at the age of 78 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in the Bronx, NY to the late Richard and Maryellen Smyth whom had just recently emigrated from Michelstown, County Cork, Ireland.
Eileen married her beloved husband John (Jack) O'Brien of Roscommon, Ireland in 1956 and enjoyed 55 years of marriage until his passing in 2011. They lived and raised their children in Staten Island, NY until moving to Blauvelt in 1978.
Eileen is survived by her six children and their spouses: Denis O'Brien and Lori of Mystic, CT; Jean Alfonso and Joseph of Upper Saddle River, NJ; Loretta Kane and Michael of Tappan, NY; John O'Brien and Liza of Bronxville, NY; Richard O'Brien and Julie of Howell, NJ; and Thomas O'Brien of Jersey City, NJ along with thirteen dear grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by her loving in-laws, Mary and Patrick Mullen and Thomas McCready. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Patricia McCready and her grandson baby Michael Kane.
Eileen worked for the telephone company prior to marriage and children and was a member of the Pioneers. She enjoyed nothing more than the love and laughter shared when spending time surrounded by her children and grandchildren. For many years, Eileen and Jack enjoyed Sunday evenings with good friends, live Irish music, dinner and dancing at the "Tara" in Yonkers, NY.
The family wishes to thank all those friends and family members who often visited and kept mom company during her illness.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 9:45 am, at St. Catharines Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913. Interment will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery, 36 Route 59A, Nanuet, NY 10954. The family will be receiving friends on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Moritz Funeral Home, 98 Route 303, Tappan, NY (845-359-0890). In lieu of flowers, donations in Eileen's memory to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Slokum Lane, New City, NY 10956 (845-634-4974) would be greatly appreciated.