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Donnell, Eileen

Eileen Miriam Donnell, age 95, of Waterford, PA died Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at home with her family. She was born on January 29, 1925 in Ashtabula, Ohio. At the age of eight, Eileen was placed in the Ashtabula Home of the Friendless for Children with her sister Shirley. At the age of 18 she was taken in by Mary and Tex Hilbert as a caregiver for their children: Father John Hilbert, Sister Phyllis Hilbert, William Hilbert, and Midge Kleebs, but soon became a member of the family and remained close throughout Donnell, Eileenher life. She often said that Mary and Tex were the mother and father she never had. It was at their home that she met and married her husband Arthur Donnell when she was 19. The two were married for 57 years until Arthur’s death. They had two children, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Eileen spent her days as a homemaker and helping to raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eileen enjoyed spending her time sewing, watching The Golden Girls, Gunsmoke, and The Andy Griffith Show, with her son and his girlfriend, Diane Davison, and spending time with her great-grandchildren. She was a long time member of the Erie Lioness Club, an avid bowler with a high game of 222, and a member at Asbury Methodist Church in Waterford.

Eileen is survived by her son Bill Donnell, granddaughter Kim Diehr, grandson-in-law Thomas Szelinski Jr., grandson Trevor Donnell, granddaughter Karen Beaty, granddaughter Tara Szelinski, granddaughter-in-law Deb Donnell, great-grandson Josh Diehr, great-granddaughter Cailyn Szelinski, great-grandson-in-law Shaun Cragle, great-granddaughter Mikayla Donnell, great-granddaughter Morgan Donnell, and extended family including Denise, Lane, and Lily Burns.

She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur Donnell, sister Shirley Strokes, brother Bob Bartlette, and daughter Virginia “Ginny” Morris.

The family will be holding a private funeral service at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford. Interment will be in Waterford Cemetery.

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#1 Comment By Diane Malinowski On June 4, 2020 @ 7:39 am

What a delightful lady…I smile every time I think of her. So much energy, a wonderful smile and a big heart. She helped with our 4-H club 60 years ago. God bless all of you. She will be missed.

#2 Comment By Brenda Williams On June 4, 2020 @ 10:05 am

I was sad to hear of Eileen’s passing. She was a great lady. I remember her for years attending Asbury UM Church. She will be missed, but I know she’s celebrating in heaven.

#3 Comment By Betty L. Holmwood On June 6, 2020 @ 10:20 am

Bill & family,

When my mother was living at Oak Haven Apartments. I would stop and get the girls (Eileen, Judy, Mary Lou, & my Mom Dorothy and we would go to the White Turkey, down to our hunting camp for a picnic, all kinds of places. We would be gone the whole day on our little adventures. We had some great times and memories together. Eileen was one special lady and I’m happy to have met her and spent time with her. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

#4 Comment By Angela PNCBank On June 6, 2020 @ 4:50 pm

I will miss this firecracker! She was always smiling, and never complained. I was blessed to have ever met her.