Eileen R. (O'Neill) Lopez
1926 - 2020
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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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Published in The Oregonian from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2020.
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October 27, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Eileen's passing, she was a wonderful woman and will be missed.
Fred & Carol Baker
October 27, 2020
Eileen was a close sister of my wife Helen. Eileen baby sat some of our children while Helen was in hospital giving birth. Distance is a problem to keeping close touch , but writing was means of their keeping informed. Helen’s Alzheimer’s lasted ten years perhaps short term Is less severe?
Len Baker
October 26, 2020
Our condolences to all the Lopez family...Mary & Anna Maria: Kelly-Anne and I send blessings. Anne G.
Anne F. Goldsmith
October 25, 2020
'Mom' Lopez ruled and rocked the front row pew at The Madeleine, along with her daughters Mary and Anna Maria, with support from the non-disabled family that sat behind this exclusive pew. I say 'exclusive' as it was reserved for the less abled parishioners, which included my mom and myself as her designated caregiver. It was such a treat to be able to host brunch for this lovely lady at our house before COVID hit -and despite her age and memory issues, she and my mom held court -the rest of us could barely keep up with their stories! Mom and I miss her terribly. She was a formidable lady who raised terrific daughters (and son!) who carry her values forward. She truly can rest in peace now -Godspeed Eileen.
Erin Couch and Rich Hammons
October 25, 2020
Sending love, hugs and prayers to all the family especially those I had the pleasure to meet and work with at St. Mary's Academy. A great inspiration and example will live on through her family.

Margaret Matthies
October 25, 2020
Such a wonderful family, everyone who met Eileen will miss her!
John mozena
October 25, 2020
Condolences to the entire Lopez family. Rest In Peace Eileen - your work on earth is done.
Marleen Neil (formerly Whittenburg) &
October 24, 2020
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Lopez. She was a delightful lady!
Pamela Grover
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