Eileen M. Duane
February 19, 1919 – May 7, 2018
Eileen M. Duane was born on February 19, 1919 and passed away on May 7, 2018
- Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
- Funeral Mass Friday, May 11, 2018
Eileen M. Duane
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May 26, 2018
FOR AUNT EILEEN - One of the unfortunate consequences of living to 99 is that you outlive your friends and contemporaries. But that in no way diminishes the number of lives that were touched by the joy and compassion that our Aunt showed for everyone. I always looked forward to Aunt Eileen's visits. She was always smiling and asking how YOU were. It was never about her. So it was always a joy to see her. I guess I would say she was a good "people person" and her life brought her in contact with countless people she could help. One special event I recall is 50 years ago when she took Meg and me to a Yankee game. The day came, we went to Floral Park and Aunt Eileen brought us to Yankee Stadium. It was a great game and we had front row seats behind home plate. It is still the highlight of my baseball attending life. Eileen must have had some special friends to pull that off. When she retired she moved to Hyannis on Cape Cod. There she devoted her life to working at the church. I do recall she was very proud when the church community recognized her with the Woman of the Year, or something equivalent to that. The extent of her bragging was to send us a newspaper clipping. Clearly there were many people who were moved by her kind nature and generosity. My mother talked with Eileen every month or so and when she she'd ask her how she was she would always laugh because Eileen's answer was always the same, " You know me, I'm always ok". Although Eileen's passing is sad for all us, in the timeless tradition of the Irish, we celebrate the memory of someone who lived a long and good life. Billy Joel famously sang that only the good die young. Well Aunt Eileen was proof that the good can also live a long and bountiful life. When she turned 97, 98, & then 99, I thought it would be cool to tell people I have a 100 year old aunt. But I guess the Lord got tired of waiting, and he called her up to heaven. May God open his arms to Eileen, and bless us all. Amen.
May 12, 2018
Eileen was my cousin. I remember spending many lovely summer days at the beach with her. As we grew older, Eileen, her sister Mary and I all worked in the city. We would occasionally meet for dinner and a movie. We always had such a good time together that each time we would say, "We have to do this more often". Nothing but good memories! She will be missed.
May 11, 2018
I have many fond memories--from my childhood-- of visiting with Eileen (my mom's cousin) and the other Duanes in their Floral Park home and of seeing her at family events.
I am so glad that, in the last few years, my mom and I were able to visit Eileen a few times in Dominican Village; my mom saw her this year for her 99th birthday. It was great to reconnect with Eileen, talk about old memories and amazing to hear about her wonderful work in Hyannis with the Vincent de Paul Society. She will be missed!
May 11, 2018
As Bill' sister in law , I remember many great and loving stories of the magnificent Aunt that Eileen was to him. She was an inspiration as I entered Aunthood! After Bill and my sister were married in 1993, I saw Eileen at all our important family events...she was hilarious and a treasure. I know she is already in Heaven. I pray for all her family and friends to find comfort, strength and peace in the coming days and weeks.
May 10, 2018
Those of us gathered here today, as well as our siblings and cousins unable to be here know, Eileen was a very special aunt and friend to each of her 22 nieces/nephews, our spouses and next generations. A first generation child of Irish immigrants (Helen and Daniel), Eileen was born and attended 1st grade in Manhattan. The Duane family moved to 52 Geranium Avenue in Floral Park in 1926, Eileen retired to Cape Cod, her special place which she first visited as a baby sitter for a neighbor as a teenager in the 1930s. Professionally, Eileen was somewhat of a trailblazer for her time: smart, organized, take-charge, and with strong managerial skills. During Eileen's 35 years on Cape Cod, she made great use of these skills in her "retirement." The various "part-time" positions she took on in Cape Cod, usually morphed into full-time jobs due to her ability to help others around her while continuing to manage her own responsibilities. Eileen's true calling was with the many parish-related activities she was a part of at St. Francis Xavier in Hyannis. It was there that Eileen truly shined for all to see. Eileen was always very devout, and at St. Francis she was tireless in her contributions as a lector, a member of the parish council, founder of the consolation committee, and her work and devotion to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Never one to seek attention, Eileen nevertheless was recognized between 2005 and 2009 by her parish and diocese with several awards: 1) Our Lady of Good Counsel; 2) The Pillar of Faith; and 3) The Marian Medal in recognition of her personal dedication and loyal service to the diocese of Fall River. Eileen was the "sole survivor" of her immediate family and the glue of her generation of Duane's. Eileen's spirit and undying faith in God are best said in her own words. "I don't know how anyone cannot believe there is a God. When you look at a little baby or a flower in bloom, how can you not believe God has created such beautiful things?
Mary Surber (Brenner)
May 8, 2018
Thank you Eileen for always being there for every special occasion of my life. I will miss you but know that you are safely in Heaven now and will always hold a special place in my heart forever.