Eileen Sten, 69, of Manhattan, died Sunday, March 31, 2013 in the New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.
Born in Brooklyn, she was a daughter of Ruth Domowitz Sten of Kingston and the late Leonard Sten and was a graduate of Kingston High School and the Katharine Gibbs School. Eileen worked for the United Nations in New York City for 42 years, during which time she traveled all over the world. She retired as United Nations promotions and distribution officer in 2004.
Eileen was a member of Temple Israel, Wilkes-Barre, and a former member of the Jewish Community Center and other civic and religious organizations in both Kingston and Manhattan.
Eileen was a tremendously dedicated daughter and sister. She was the truest of friends and a compassionate stranger. In her travels across the globe, she touched the lives of everyone she conversed with, from subway and bus riders on the East Coast to the villages of Indonesia, where she spent many years. Those who knew and loved her often begged her to write down her extraordinary experiences. Her refreshing honesty was surpassed only by her sharp wit and sense of humor. So very many of her dear friends, neighbors and colleagues have children who know her as their ""Aunt"" Eileen. She is a legend for being a faithful attendee of every concert, recital, play and life milestone for her nieces and nephews by blood and by love.
Eileen was an avid reader and loved to discuss politics and current events. She was forever interested in understanding the opinions of everyone she met. During the warmer months, when she visited her parents in Kingston, Eileen always cultivated a beautiful and fruitful garden.
She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Sten; brother, Howard Sten; and sister, Barbara Sten Whalen.
She is survived by her mother, Ruth; sister-in-law, Virginia Sten, East Stroudsburg; niece Rachel Sten, her husband, Scott Rumble, and great-nephew, Owen Rumble, all of Rutledge, Pa.; nephew David Sten, San Diego; nephew Jared Whalen, Oneonta, N.Y.; niece Chelsea Pittman, great-nieces and great-nephew, Nevaeh Pittman, Chloe Pittman and Talian Pittman, all of Poughkeepsie; and many close friends, including Alice Tapharey, Manhattan.
Funeral service will be held Thursday at noon at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Rabbi Larry Kaplan and Cantor Ahron Abraham will officiate. Interment will be in Temple Israel Cemetery, Swoyersville. Shiva will be observed Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at 146 S. Dawes Ave., Kingston.
For more information, visit the funeral home's website at www.rosenbergfuneralchapel.com.