Eileen R. (O'Neill) Lopez
Sept. 17, 1926 - Sept. 15, 2020
Our wonderful mother and matriarch, Eileen Rose (O'Neill) Lopez passed peacefully Sept. 15, 2020 in Portland, Ore.
Eileen was born the third of four children to Thomas J. and Anna S. O'Neill Sept. 17, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her family moved to Detroit in 1927 where she attended Catholic schools and graduated from Marygrove College. In 1954 she joined the Army and earned both her physical therapy certification and 1st lieutenant's rank. Stationed at Madigan Army Hospital, in Tacoma, Wash., she met Capt. Alonzo J. Lopez, a fellow member of the church choir. They married in 1956 and had their first five children. In 1964 they moved to Medford, Ore., adding two more children and finally in 1967 to N.E. Portland where their eighth child was born. Eileen stayed home with her children, running her busy household and later returned to work as a physical therapist retiring from Meridian Park Hospital after 25 years of service.
Eileen was greatly devoted to her Catholic faith and demonstrated this throughout her life in the care and love she gave to her family and church. She taught her children the importance of good nutrition, a strong work ethic, the value of a dollar, and staying faithful to their Catholic roots. As the mother of eight, she was unwavering in her efforts to provide equally for each of them. Eileen was a member of The Madeleine Altar Society, served as a Eucharistic Minister and sang both in the church choir and The Hallelujah Chorus. She took immense pride in her family and undoubtedly her greatest joy was spending time with them.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband; and is survived by her children, Mary Theresa, Timothy, Anna Maria, Mary Eileen Loftin (Jeff), Mary Cecilia English (Richard), Christopher (Alexandra), Mary Patricia Jayne (Greg) and Mary Catherine; numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her family including grandchildren: Gabriel, Joseph, Richard, Jane, Emily, Claire, Matthew, Michael, Oscar, and Quanah.
A rosary and funeral Mass were held at The Madeleine Church.
A memorial service will be planned after gathering restrictions ease. Donations may be made in her name to either St. Mary's Academy or Central Catholic High School.
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