Eileen Sweeny

March 5, 2015
Eileen Sweeny


It is with sadness that the family of Eileen Marie Tiernan Sweeny, announce her passing at the age of 95 years.

Eileen was born in New York City to Anna and James Tiernan.

She attended Evander Childs HS followed by The Katherine Gibbs Business School. This led to her career as an Executive Secretary to the President of American Time Products, followed by Executive Secretary to the President of Silicone Paper Products, then as Executive Secretary to former Ambassador Henry J.Taylor. After retirement Eileen continued to work in retail, even after moving to Wilmington at Belks and Tomlinsons. She loved bowling and meeting with her friends at Cardinal lanes.And so, after a long battle with the ravages of Alzheimers Disease, she is now at rest and peace in the arms of the Lord.

Eileen was predeceased by her parents, her sister Rosemary Irwin,and brother-in-law Joe Irwin.

To mourn her loss is her daughter Maureen Preciose and husband Joe, grandaughter Jeneen and husband Byron, greatgrandson Finn, grandson Michael and fiance Jenie, brother Jim and wife Kathleen, many nieces and nephews, and very close friends Karen, Steve, Dakota and Rhiannon.

We wish to thank all of her caregivers throughout the years, the staff of Elderhouse, Dr. Andre Leonard and staff, but most especially the staff of Wilmington Health and Rehab, (formerly Mariners), whose loving care and compassion throughout these last eight plus years gave such comfort to her family.

Services will be private in New York at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/jointhecausedonate.asp.

Please share your memories and condolences with the family by visiting wilmingtoncares.com.


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  • March 08, 2015
    Marie Crowder says:
    I know of Eileen through the many stories told to me by my sister-in-law Karen Carver. Although I did not know her personally, I understand she was a wonderful mother, good friend, and loving person. My thoughts are with her daughter Maureen, her family, and friends who were lucky enough to have her in their lives.

  • March 09, 2015
    Jim Buskirk says:
    As a young man right out of college, I got my first job as an assistant manager at Tomlinson Sales. I was having a rough start and had made an embarrassing mistake when Eileen took me aside and calmed me down and took my mind off my problems. It was a kind gesture to someone she didn't know and probably kept me from walking out that day. I am sure that there were others there that had also been comforted by Eileens compassion. I only knew her a short while and it seems a long time ago but I just wanted to share a fond memory of her.

  • March 06, 2015
    Eileen and Douglas Phelan says:
    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of our Aunt Eileen. Our thoughts and prayers are with our beloved cousin Maureen and family.

  • March 07, 2015
    Karen, Steve, Dakota and, Rhiannon says:
    Maureen, we will all miss your mom! My fondest memories of Aunt Eileen include how she always managed to remember and to celebrate all the special moments in the lives of my family. Her thoughtful greeting cards for every occasion, coloring books and stuffed animals for the children, holiday candy and special bakery items when she would come for a visit, the craft projects that she so lovingly made... most importantly, Aunt Eileen always made" time" for us whether she hosted one of her lovely lunches with strong, fresh percolated coffee, or invited the children for a swim in her pool and then surprising them with new water toys that she just happened to have waiting for them. I will cherish these memories of your mom and many others. We are so sorry for your family's loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  • March 07, 2015
    Wayne & Bernice Carver says:
    Maureen, Wayne & I are very saddened to hear about Aunt Eileen. I remember she was always the professional wearing her heels and jewelry. We waited on many occasions for her to finish getting ready for Bowling, which she really enjoyed. Eileen and I enjoyed several lunches together at her apartment and she always had it nice with plenty of food. I know she loved our Family a lot and we will miss her, but we will always remember the good times we had together at birthdays and other occasions. Wayne always enjoyed helping her to get "Stella" running again. Our Love to you and your Family at this time of Loss.