Eileen B. Stokes
FUNERAL HOME
George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
477 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Eileen B. (Brosnan) Stokes, 75, of Wellesley passed away from cancer on April 18, 2021 with loved ones by her side. She was born to the late James and Dorothy Brosnan, January 22, 1946 in Worcester, MA. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Worcester in 1963 and Emmanuel College in 1967 with a B.A. in Sociology, Education and Psychology. Ever the teacher and student, she then earned a M.A. in Childrens Literature from Simmons College in 1999. Eileen married her beloved husband, James C. Stokes, Jr., by whom she is survived, in September of 1968. They honeymooned by driving across the country to where, as a Marine fighter pilot, Jim was stationed in Laguna Beach, CA. Not long after, he was off to Vietnam during which they communicated via letter and recordings on cassette tapes, while she returned to Massachusetts and resumed her role as an excellent teacher. It was fitting that their song was Peter, Paul and Marys "Leaving on a Jet Plane." Their loving, model partnership continued as they lived together in Okinawa, Japan; Honolulu, Hawaii; Newton, MA; London, UK; and, ultimately, for over three decades, Wellesley, MA. Eileen was a substitute teacher in Honolulu public schools and the American School in London before becoming an adored teacher of 5th grade for many years at the Tenacre School and The Chestnut Hill School. In 1997 she joined the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Boston College, Lynch School of Education where she was a cherished mentor, colleague and teacher to many. Eileen was an incredibly loving mother and is survived by three children: Erin S. Majernik and her husband Craig of Wellesley; Michael C. Stokes and his wife Kim of Wellesley; and Courtney D. S. Willett and her husband Dave of Needham. She was a devoted grandmother, or Grammy, and is survived by Emma, Madie, Sophie, Tyler, Colin, Parker, Charlotte, and Wesley. She is also survived by her sister Anne Heffernan and husband Kent of Barnstable, MA and her brother Jim Brosnan and wife Maureen of Ocala, FL, and by several cherished nieces and nephews. Eileen was an avid reader of newspapers and classic British mysteries, and she was always willing and wanting to share a book and help teach a grandchild to read, to go for a walk outdoors with Jim or a friend, and to cheer her children or grandchildren on from the sidelines of a sporting event. She was ever selfless, exuded kindness and goodwill on a daily basis, and believed that people should be charitable, a trait that she and Jim personified throughout their more than 53 years together. Ultimately, she loved her family, her friends, and her dogs over the years and, up until the end, she would often repeat the phrase: "all good things." Visiting hours at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St. (Rt.16) WELLESLEY, Friday, April 23 from 4-7pm. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley Hills, Saturday, April 24 at 10am. Due to Covid restrictions seating is limited to 110 people and the Mass will be live streamed on the church website at sjspwellesley.org. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in support of the Cure Alzheimers Fund, the Steppingstone Foundation or Voices of the Faithful. Online guestbook at gfdoherty.com.
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Published by The Needham Times from Apr. 21 to Apr. 29, 2021.
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Apr
23
Service
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
477 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482
Apr
24
Funeral Mass
10:00a.m.
St. John the Evangelist Church
Wellesley Hills
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Jim,
I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara Shanahan
Acquaintance
June 1, 2021
I was very sorry to hear of Mrs. Stokes passing. I always enjoyed seeing her and Mr. Stokes at St. John's during Easter or Christmas holidays. She was always so warm and welcoming, asking how I and my family were doing. I also remember her cheering at BB & N soccer games when Erin and I played on the same team. My thoughts and prayers go to Mr. Stokes, her children and grandchildren, I know she will be missed.
Stacy Penna
Friend
April 25, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Marvie/Amelia/Jennie Mosley/Mushington/Campbell
Friend
April 24, 2021
I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of Erin's mom. I was a Wellesley and BB&N classmate of Erin's and always enjoyed visits with her parents. Mrs. Stokes was so welcoming, and I will always remember her as a kind, beautiful person with a great sense of humor, and a spirit that was at once calm and intense, if that is even possible. I also connected with her on how she loved and engaged with her dog at the time, whose name escapes me. Tucker, maybe? Anyway, I am sorry for the family's certainly sizable loss and wish you all peace and that you should celebrate her life and keep her memory in your hearts.
Cindy Simonides Farina
Friend
April 23, 2021
I never met Eileen. Jim and I were Marine lieutenant classmates at The Basic School in Quantico Virginia. I've not seen Jim since 1966. We were, however, bound by our Marine Brotherhood, the strongest bond there is.

Our war in Vietnam was both in the air--Jim, and me on the ground.

Jim deserved the wonderful life-companion which her obituary so aptly described.

My thoughts are with you, Buddy.

Semper Fi.

Lance Zellers
USMC Retired.
Lance Zellers
Served In Military Together
April 22, 2021
Jim and family, we are very saddened to hear of Elaine's passing, please accept our sincerest condolences. Jack and Martha Haag
Jack and Martha Haag
Friend
April 22, 2021
I was so sad to read this obituary today. I worked with Eileen at CHS. She was a dedicated and devoted educator. She, too, took such pride in her beloved family. Please, accept my condolences.....
Carol A Sullivan-Hanley
Coworker
April 21, 2021
Jim, our deepest condolences to you and your whole family. God love you all.
Harry Roberts and Marcia Krieger
Served In Military Together
April 21, 2021
Dee and Frank Teague
April 21, 2021
Hermetic Solutions Group
April 21, 2021
I was blessed with our lifelong friendship since we sat together in 7th Grade at NDA. Our brilliant, caring, kind and beautiful friend is with us "in another room" as the Irish prayer says. Until we meet again we will speak your name with love.
Betsy (Dolan) Doud
Friend
April 21, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of Eileen's passing. While we didn't actually spend a lot of time together we enjoyed visiting at family weddings and christenings. We were always warmly welcomed at their home where we witnessed Eileen's love for family. Jim, Craig, Erin and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Treasure your many happy, family memories. Love, Steve and Helena Majernik
Steve and Helena Majernik
Family
April 21, 2021
Windjammer Capital Investors
April 21, 2021
Dear Jim and Family:
Please accept my deepest condolences. Godspeed and God Bless Eileen.
Colonel Dan “Guido” Ventre
Daniel T. Ventre
Friend
April 21, 2021
Betsy
April 21, 2021
So sorry to hear of Eileen's passing. Our parents were good friends and we visited the Brosnan family many times in Worcester. They visited us in Waban, Mass. also. My prayers are with all the family members at this time. Eileen Corbett Perry
Eileen Corbett Pery
Friend
April 20, 2021
Eileen: My favorite friend, "almost sister" I met in 1976 and have known, loved and admired ever since. She was bright, unselfish, loving, generous and always at the ready to help others. She deeply loved her famiIy. I hope to meet her again in the next place we go.
Janie Woods Alexander
Friend
April 20, 2021
A lifelong friend whose quality could not be surpassed. I was most fortunate to have her in my life. I will miss her and strive to follow her example, flawless on every front.
Liz Kelleher McCarthy
Friend
April 19, 2021