Eileen M. Orlando
July 13, 1945 – June 23, 2020
Our mother was born on July 13, 1945 in the Bronx, New York. She attended Irvington High School in Irvington, New York and she graduated in 1963. While in high school, she met the love of her life, Frank Orlando, and they began a love story that spanned nearly 60 years. Frank and Eileen married in 1965 and they started a family shortly thereafter. Kim was born first, followed by Frank Jr. and Chris. Our dad was employed many years by K-Mart and his career progression led to many moves. Ultimately, they made their home in St. Albans, West Virginia in 1973 where they raised their children.
Our mother’s job was taking care of her family and she was the absolute best at what she did. She cared deeply for her children and for her devoted husband and it showed not just by her words, but by her actions. She sat through countless baseball games, swim meets, basketball games, band concerts, soccer games and any other activity in which her kids participated. At Billy Dunn field, where her kids played little league baseball, everyone always wanted to know when it was Eileen’s turn to bring the hot dog chili. She was quite the cook. Mom loved the beach, looking for sea shells, good food, and shopping but most of all, her family.
One of the greatest gifts our mother gave us was loving our Dad. The example they set for all of us has carried on in our own lives with our own families. They were model parents, great citizens and even better people. As with all moms, a piece of us left with her but she will live within us forever and ever. As we grew older and had kids of our own, Eileen became Grandma to Chris and his wife Haley and Jamie (Kim and Tom Williams) and to Dominic and Dylan (Frank Jr. and Holly). She has a great grandchild (Cora) and another due in January 2021.
Preceding our mom in death were her parents, Arthur and Ruth Slattery. She has a sister, Gail Freedman, of Greenbrae, California. Kim and her husband Tom live in South Charleston, West Virginia. Frank Jr. and his wife Holly, live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their youngest son, Chris, lives in Washington D.C.
If you were lucky enough to be one of Eileen’s friends, you know how “spirited”, loyal, funny and caring she was. And to all who helped with our Mom’s care these last couple years, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Lastly, for any of you who may venture to our parent’s house to visit with our Dad, you can now leave your shoes on when you walk in the house! Rest well Mom. Your job here is done and you did a fantastic job. We love you. Due to the COVID 19 crisis, there will be no service. At a later date her remains will be taken to West Virginia where she will be interred. Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute is servicing the family. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the American Cancer Society.
- American Cancer Society
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Eileen M. Orlando
June 30, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your family was a big part of my early working career. I worked at the St. Albans Kmart a few years and the Orlando’s were absolutely amazing. I remember seeing all of the kids every Sunday at the store. God bless you all and thanks Frank for being a great role model for all of us at Kmart.
June 28, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Orlando family. Mrs. Orlando always was a very nice lady and was indeed supportive of Frank and his Kmart family. Frank, prayers to you my friend!!
Craig Quick Kmart #3198
June 27, 2020
It has been so long since I have seen Eileen, Mrs.Orlando. She missed New York. I remember bringing her back bagels when I had gone to NY after high school. I visited once when they were living in Georgia-they had a beautiful home-nothing out of place, and sparkling clean. It was nice visiting and meeting some of her friends. I enjoyed it when she visited with mom and dad. There was much laughter. She was a strong woman with a wonderful husband, who raised great kids. I know she will be greatly missed, and she was greatly loved.
June 26, 2020
Eileen was unbelievable when she had s chance to create laughter. She enjoyed the laugh, but mostly she wanted to see others enjoying themselves. So happy my cousin, Frank had her. Love you always Frank and Eileen.
Judie (Taylor) Smith
June 26, 2020
The Orlando Family were the best neighbors we ever had on South Walnut Street. I loved going next door and talking with Eileen and sharing a cold beverage or few. I know the horrible abyss you’re in now because I was there in July 1990. But Keep the Faith ... and keep your eyes and ears tuned to signs Eileen is giving you cues from Heaven that her spirit is with you. This is what I know to be true. Please let me know when you have a service in Saint Albans. We will share tears and laughter! Love and prayers!!!
June 25, 2020
Frankie, Bill & I were so sorry to hear about Eileen. We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Love, Carolyn & Bill
June 25, 2020
When I became a member of this Orlando family Eileen caught my eye and my heart. She was generous with her heart and boy did she make me laugh. We will miss her dearly. May her spirit fly high.