Eileen K Attanasio

July 21, 1938May 16, 2011

Eileen K. Attanasio (Kientz) passed into eternal life on Monday, May 16, 2011 at St Clare’s Hospital in Denville, NJ after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She was 72 years old. Eileen was born in Paterson to Leonard and Agnes Kientz (Caulley) where she lived and was married. After residing in Sanford, FL and Paterson for a short time, she moved to Oak Ridge, in 1967. Mrs. Attanasio was a retired sales clerk with Macy’s and marched in their Thanksgiving Day parades as a balloon handler or a clown. She was an avid bowler and was involved earlier in life playing semi- professional women’s basketball and softball. Known for her infectious smile and good nature, Eileen was a loving wife and mother, and adored her husband, children and eight grandchildren. Having a deep love and concern for all people, particularly children, she was loved by all and will be sadly missed. Eileen is survived by her husband of 52 years, John Attanasio of Oak Ridge, a daughter; Eileen Patricia Attanasio and Chau Nguyen, of Santa Cruz, CA, three sons; Thomas Alan and wife Linda of Branchville, NJ, John Leonard III of Kalispell, MT, and Michael Joseph and wife Elaine of Lake Hopatcong and eight grandchildren; Justin, Nicole, Hunter, Michaela, John IV, Christian, Alexis, and Michael II, a predeceased brother; Leonard Keintz. Sister in law, Frances Keintz of West Paterson, and brother Larry and wife Arlene Keintz of Inverness, Fl. Friends and family are invited to Goble Funeral Home 22 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871 on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. An 11 AM service will be celebrated Saturday, with burial in Florida National Cemetery at a later to Columbia University ALS Gift fund for research c/o Dr. H. Mitsumoto at The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center, Columbia University, Neurological Institute of NY, 710 West 168th Street, Suite 9-007, New York, NY 10032.


  • Visiting Hours Friday, May 20, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 21, 2011

Eileen K Attanasio

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Lexi Attanasio

October 5, 2011

wow grandma! i miss you much more everyday and i feel like i am missing something without you. I love you and I want you to always remember that. You are the best grandma anybody could have EVER. I think about you everyday and think your still here in my heart in which you are! forever! and ever i dont know what else to say but your gone and we all miss you terribly there is no words to describe how much we miss you

Christian Attanasio

June 17, 2011

Hi Grandma,
its your grandson christian. Tonight is my 8th grade dinner dance and im a litle nervous and we have done a lot of dancing in the past and i figured you be the best to talk to. Im in spanish and its a free period so i figured i'd say hello, i miss you grandma but ill write you a letter after my dance. I love you granny goose, Christian Daniel.


June 15, 2011

Eileen, my heart and prayers I extend to you and your family on the passing of your beautiful mom. Blessings for the loving eternal spirit she truly is and special being she was. With Love, Grace

Pete Smith

June 14, 2011

God bless you, John and your family on Eileen's passing. What a blessing to have had so many years in love together.

Helen Smith Martin

June 14, 2011

John and family: My sincere sympathy goes out to you all. I have know Eileen since school days and always enjoyed her winning smile and enthusiasm of life. She was blessed with a wonderful Husband and family and love surrounded her during her illness. I will always remember her; she was a special friend.

Michael Kelly

June 13, 2011

John and family, We will always remember her joyful smile at the Macy's girls lunchs. We had no idea she would leave us so soon. No words can express her wonderful view of life and close frendship. I also know we will miss her so very much.

sandy sharma

June 12, 2011

Eileen, Im soo soo soo sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you. Tonight Im saying a prayer for you, to stay strong, and for her to continue to guide you and be with you in spirit. Speak soon,
Sandy Sharma


June 10, 2011

Eileen it is a sad day for you but know it is also a joyful one for her Spirit is eternal and continues to be expressed.
Love & blessings, edward

Carol Jester

June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011

I am so saddened by the loss of Eileen. My mother loved her so much and talked about her to me many times. My parents would get so excited when "The Attanasio's" visited us in Virginia Beach. My father said he really wanted us to make sure we came by when they arrived because the Attanasio's were wonderful friends and good people. My mother, Frances Stegemann, said that Eileen was my God-mother. I always remembered that especially when my mother would talk about Eileen and how she took care of my brothers and myself. Eileen and Mom laughed together over old times, dinners they tried to make as young wives and mothers and their children. I was young when we lived in Florida, but the many pictures that Eileen saved of us brought back memories. Eileen, even though she suffered with pain and illness, kept in contact with my Mom when she became very ill and was in a nursing home. Their conversations were so wonderful because it was if they just picked up where they left off. I have found comfort in knowing that they are together now and forever. I am sure that my Mom had her arms wide open in heaven for her dear friend, Eileen. I pray for peace and strength for your family. She will be missed and always loved and remembered. Thank you Eileen for everything you have done for me and my family! Thank you Attanasio's for being faithful and loyal friends to my family.

With love,
Carol Jester

Allison Joe

June 7, 2011

I'm so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.