Eileen M. Archer

August 15, 1934June 15, 2013

Eileen Marie (Riley) Archer, was born August 15, 1934 in Colon, Panama. Her parents were Phyllis (Miller) Riley/Kononchik, and Jim H. Riley, who was in the Navy. She spent most of her childhood in Waterford, CT. with her brother Joel Riley. She attended grade school in Waterford, CT. and graduated from Williams Memorial Institute, Broad St, New London, CT. in 1952.

In 1953 she married Theodore Cercena of Westerly, RI. They had two daughters, Kimberly Cercena Jones of Westerly, R.I. and Heather Skorinko of Coplay, PA. Their summer travels included a six week camping trip through the USA and Canada along with Eileen’s sisters and daughters.

She married her “sunshine”, James Archer November 29,1997. They enjoyed many years of happiness. Jim especially loved her sense of humor.

Eileen worked several jobs thru the years such as scooping ice cream in Watch Hill, clerical work, teacher’s aid, and her many positions at Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT. She was a Girl Scout Leader in Westerly for many years. During her time the troop traveled for two weeks to the Our Chalet in Adelboden, Switzerland.

She enjoyed square dancing with her first husband, Ted and their family friends Robert and Arlene Stellmaker. Eileen was especially known for her Christmas cookies. She also enjoyed knitting, and was an avid seamstress, often sewing the square dance outfits and her daughters’ clothing.

Eileen loved her family. She is survived by her husband and two daughters. She had five grandchildren: Dr. Jeanine of Worcester, MA; Jeremy and his wife Jennifer of Wakefield, MA; Rachael of Coplay, PA; Nadia of Ledyard, CT; and Zachary Skorinko of Coplay, PA.

She is also survived by Jim’s sons: James Jr, his wife Petra and their daughter Sandra of Frankfurt, Germany; and Kenneth, his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters Catherine and Kristen of Pawcatuck, CT.

In addition, she is survived by her brother Joel Riley, his wife Janice of New London, CT., their three daughters Laurie, Diane, and Julie; her sister Christine (Kononchik) Buscetto, her husband David, of Uncasville, CT., their son Brian, his wife Nancy; son Mark, his wife Sarah; and her Sister Phyllis (Kononchik) McCormack, her husband Christopher, of Gales Ferry, CT., their sons Gregory and Christopher Jr, and daughter Katie (McCormack) Gallagher, her husband Jason; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.


  • Calling Hours Tuesday, June 18, 2013
  • St. James Episcopal Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Eileen M. Archer

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Klaus & Helga Hlubek

June 20, 2013

Dear Jim,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss. Eileen gave her best and she will be missed. Jim our thoughts are with you during this time of sadness.

Jackie Mower Beal

June 19, 2013

Dear Jim and family, I just read of your loss. and want to send you my sincerest sympathy.

Jim, Petra & Sandra Archer

June 19, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to Dad for the loss of his beloved wife and to Kim, Heather and their families. We were fortunate to have had Eileen join our family and will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

roz birnbaum

June 19, 2013

Zach and family,
Sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathies. Has not been a good week!

De and Joe Maiorana

June 18, 2013

Jim - Just heard about Eileen today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please accept our sincere sympathies.

June 18, 2013

Jim, Ileen's family , so sorry about your loss, my deepest sympathies to you all. Marcia& Jerry Pierce..

June 18, 2013

With my sincere condolences to you and the family. Sorry for your loss.
Ron Rasi
Quaker Hill

June 18, 2013

I hold you all in prayer at this time for the your loss. Deepest sympathies to the family.

Rit & Eve Manthous

June 18, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathies. May her memory be eternal.