Eileen "Leeny" (Robinson) Holey, loving wife of Richard C. Holey, passed away peacefully at her home in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, surrounded by her family. The end of her 10-year battle with cancer after enduring many years of illness, treatments and side effects with strength, courage, faith, and a strong blend of humor; she taught her loved ones the value of hope, faith, and perseverance. Eileen was born in Mount Kisco, N.Y., the eighth of nine children of the late Mary Margaret (Canty) and Charles Francis Robinson. She graduated from Marshfield High School, Class of 1980, and the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing. After Eileen and Richard "Carlos" married in 1991, they moved to Pa., where she began her career as an ER nurse at Hershey Medical Center. After many years, she opted to become a professional foster parent and brought home many children to love. After recovering from breast cancer, Eileen resumed her nursing career in 2015 with Celtic Hospice of PA. Eileen was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend to so many. She is survived by her husband, Richard, and their daughters, Leah and Anna Holey, and their extended family, Aviana Fernandez and Michael Bowers. She is also survived by her sisters, Evelyn Pomella of Marshfield, Kathleen Sachs (Robert) of Georgetown, and Maureen Robinson (Christa Synder) of Plymouth; and by her brothers, James (Maureen), Kevin (Tammy) and Shaun (Kimberly) Robinson of Marshfield, Michael Robinson (Michael SooHoo) of Boston, and Richard Robinson of Honolulu, Hawaii, brother-in-law, Michael Holey (Michelle Cheeseman) of Plymouth. She is also survived by thirteen nieces and nephews, sixteen great-nieces and nephews and cousins a plenty. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Edward Pomella, with whom she had a special relationship. Eileen loved so many things - she loved being a mother, loved to read and eat chocolate, she loved to dance and tried to sing, loved to travel and most especially, she loved the ocean wherever she could find it. Eileen had an adventurous mind and spirit; she enjoyed the quiet of the outdoors listening to birds sing and she never saw an animal that she did not want to take home. Eileen felt she had been blessed in life, and in turn, she was a blessing to her family and friends. She will always be with them. Eileen was a member of the LifePoint Church community in Harrisburg, Pa. She and her family were embraced for many years during her illness by the love and support of her church family, including many acts of kindness and hot meals. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 7, at 10 at the Assumption Church, 40 Canal Street, in Marshfield. Eileen's family will be forever grateful to the Oncology team at Penn State Cancer Institute for their unending search for the cure, and their kindness and devotion to Eileen. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Eileen's name to the Penn State Hersey Cancer Institute, PO Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033-0852 or to the Eileen Holey Memorial Fund at any TD Bank.
Published by The Patriot Ledger on Jul. 31, 2021.