Eileen May Williams
September 3, 1935 ~ January 10, 2023
Born in Brooklyn, NY on September 3, 1935, and passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 10, 2023, in Smithtown, NY.
Eileen was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Williams, with whom she shared sixty-three adventure filled years of love and laughter. Eileen was also predeceased by her parents, Thomas Coyne and Margaret Brady Coyne, and her brothers Thomas, Francis, and Kevin Coyne.
Eileen was blessed in life with six devoted daughters. Eileen is predeceased by her beloved daughter, Monica Williams. She is survived by her daughters; Mary Williams Molloy (James Molloy EOW 1/30/17), Janine Heinlein (Jay), Margaret Anne Williams-Tine (John Tine), Sheila Williams-Schmidt, Katrina Williams (Jeff Lockwood).
She is also survived by her twelve loving grandchildren: Alexa and Christina Molloy, Patrick (Giselle Miranda), Sara (JJ Forsyth) and Jessica Heinlein, Julia Fortin (Matt) and Matthew Tine, Dr. Bernadette Schmidt, Makayla and Isabella Schmidt, and Kiernan and Eliza Lockwood. Eileen was recently blessed with her first great granddaughter, Kayleigh Eileen Heinlein. Her grandchildren loved spending time with Eileen “Penny” especially at her summer home in Lake Luzerne. Penny was her grandchildren’s biggest fan and was always sure to remind them that they were #1.
Eileen is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Eileen was a proud graduate of Kings County Nursing School where she earned her degree as a Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelors at St. Francis College and her Masters at Adelphi University. Eileen worked as a nurse for many years and found her passion as a nurse educator. She taught nursing at Nassau County BOCES for the remainder of her career. She strongly advocated education not only for herself and family but for her students as well. Eileen wanted nothing more than to see her students succeed and this career brought much joy to her life. Through her work she developed lifelong friendships with her colleagues, who became like family.
After retiring from BOCES, Eileen continued to serve others through volunteering. She especially enjoyed helping recent immigrants to the United States become acclimated to their new home. Eileen also spent time in Russia with her husband Joe and tutored American students who were living with their families in Moscow.
Eileen spent her retirement years with Joe in Jensen Beach, Florida, where they made many wonderful friends. She was very involved with the Fairwinds Cove community and loved to make new residents feel welcomed. They enjoyed spending summers in Lake Luzerne in the Adirondacks with their family. Eileen and Joe travelled to many exciting locations including Russia, Germany, France, Austria, Medjugorje, Italy, Ireland, Turkey, Singapore, Bali and much of the United States, just to name a few! They loved every place they visited and made friends along the way.
Eileen’s outlook on life was loving and hopeful. She gave and received much love by those who surrounded her during her life. She truly modeled love and acceptance to her core. She will be deeply missed by her family and her energetic spirit will live on in their memories.
The family would like to thank the many dedicated caregivers at Whisper Woods and the excellent staff at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital who cared for Eileen.
Services will be held in Smithtown, NY on Friday January 13th, 2023, at the Branch Funeral Home from 5-8 pm. A celebration of Eileen’s life will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in Smithtown on Saturday January 14th, 2023, at 10:30am followed by a Catholic burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036) or the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 2110, New York, NY 10122) or The New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundations.
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Eileen May Williams 's name.
The New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation
Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation
14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 2110
New York, NY
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
28 West 44th Street, Suite 609
New York , NY