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Eileen W. Carney

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Old Saybrook - Eileen W. Carney, 70, of Old Saybrook, passed away on Feb. 23, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her adoring family.

Born on Sept. 11, 1942, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., Eileen, daughter of the late Arthur and Jean (Meyers) Carney, grew up in Westchester, N.Y., and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1961. At Roosevelt High School, she was voted Miss Roosevelt, most popular girl of her senior class, captain of her cheerleading squad, and secretary of the senior class. After attending Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., she was employed as a CBS executive secretary in New York City. Eileen later moved to Westbrook with her two children and, for the past 21 years, resided in Old Saybrook. While in Connecticut, she was employed by Middlesex Hospital for over 10 years as an executive secretary in hospital administration and quality assurance.

She loved her Old Saybrook home where she had a passion for decorating, cooking, and creating a warm and loving environment for her family and friends. She also later discovered a love and natural ability for the game of golf, playing as much as possible. She was known among her countless friends, new and old, as an extremely generous and loving person, always giving the most to her family.

She is survived by her beloved and devoted son, Christopher "Topher" Reifeiss of Mamaroneck, N.Y., and daughter, Kirsten "Kiki" Reifeiss of Old Saybrook. She is also survived by two brothers, Brian Carney of North Salem, N.Y., and Paul Carney of Guilford; and nieces and nephew, Jill Carney, Shaine Carney, Amanda Carney, and Devin Carney; and great-nephew, Garrett Carney.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and aides from Middlesex Hospice for their incredible and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Middlesex Hospital Hospice, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457 or ,

Family and friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. A Mass to celebrate Eileen's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church, 366 Main St., Old Saybrook. For online tributes and condolences, please visit
Published in The Day on Feb. 25, 2013
Eileen W. Carney
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