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Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.

321 South Main Street, New City, NY

OBITUARY

Eileen R. Shine

April 21, 1940August 9, 2019
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Eileen Rose Sammon Shine passed away on August 9, 2019 after a two year battle with cancer. Eileen was born on April 21, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY to Helen (Lennon) and James Sammon from County Sligo & West Meath, Ireland. Eileen spoke fondly of growing up on Foster Avenue with her parents and two brothers James and John Francis. She spent her summers at the family’s bungalow in Breezy Point, NY. The family eventually moved there full time, where she met & married her husband of 55 years, Robert F. Shine. Eileen graduated from Catherine McCauley High School and attended Fordham University. Eileen and Bob moved to New City, NY in the 70’s where she was a dedicated mother and homemaker raising their four children Bob, Susan, Colleen and Helen. When her children were older, Eileen put her secretarial skills to work at BOCES in West Nyack. Throughout the years, Eileen was a dedicated and faithful parishioner at St. Augustine’s Church where her strong faith guided her actions. She and Bob volunteered on Bingo nights. She looked forward to deepening her faith through her Bible Study Group. Eileen enjoyed cooking for her family and created many memorable dishes and desserts. Our favorites being lasagna, “Chicken Delicious” and an Irish stew over egg noodles that she could whip up in 30 minutes with her pressure cooker. She loved to make home-made cheesecake and Quiche Lorraine for her husband. Eileen was dignified, had a strong faith, and was selfless – always concerned for others. She loved being a grandmother to her six grandchildren – Bobby, Farrell, Sean, Kevin, Jack and Jimmy. When Eileen was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer two years ago, she never showed bitterness or resentment. She repeatedly stated to us that she is very grateful for the life she has had with her husband, four children and six grandchildren. She was grateful to her husband for being steadfast in his love and patience while she endured treatment and dealt with increasing physical limitations. She was appreciative that each of her children & their spouses would go out of their way as often as possible to assist her and Bob during this difficult time in her life. Eileen looked forward to seeing her dear friend and next-door neighbor Marian Hoke. As a eucharist minister, Marian was able to provide additional help and support with receiving communion and prayer. Eileen was a world traveler visiting countless islands while cruising the Caribbean with her husband. Her final cruise was her favorite where she swam in the ocean with her family on the shores of Roatan, Honduras. When she wasn’t cruising to exotic locations she enjoyed many garage sales – a favorite past-time of her and Bob’s. She spent her winters in Florida at their Dania Beach condo and enjoyed many trips to Disney World with her children and grandchildren.

Eileen is survived by her husband Robert F. Shine, Sr., her children Helen; her son Robert F. Shine, Jr. and her daughter in law Kristen (Kirk) Shine; her daughter Colleen and son in law Steven Donnellan; her daughter Susan and son in law Peter Onderdonk, and her grandchildren – Sean and Kevin Donnellan, Bobby and Farrell Shine, Jimmy and Jack Onderdonk.

Wake services will be provided by Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home, 321 South Main St., New City, NY 10956 on Monday, August 12th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 11am Tuesday, August 13 at St. Augustine’s Church, 114 South Main St., New City, NY 10956.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation, https://glioblastomafoundation.org.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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