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Eileen Eva Gaffney

January 9, 1917 - July 28, 2007

Eileen Gaffney
of Bremerton
Jan. 9, 1917 to July 28, 2007

Eileen Eva Gaffney, 90, of Bremerton died of natural causes July 28 at Belmont Terrace where she resided following a debilitating fall in her Juniper Street home.

She was born January 9, 1917 at Plentywood, Montana to Kathryn Louise (Winter) and Jack Mead. She married William Gaffney July 26, 1934 at Plentywood.

The family relocated from Montana to Bremerton in 1941. William was killed in a logging accident in October, 1947.

Eileen was preceded in death by a son, John Joseph, 1936; her youngest daughter; Nora Gaffney Edwards in January 1972; her beloved brothers, Charles, Clifton and Robert; and sisters, Mary Lou, Jean Iva, Virginia and Madge.

Eileen was employed at Naval Regional Medical Center for 35 years retiring in August 1987. She served as a Clerk Stenographer and Department of Laboratory Services secretary. She was instrumental in earning National Tumor Registry Certification for NRMC.

After retirement, she remained active in her faith community teaching Confirmation of Christian Doctrine (CCD) at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, English as a Second Language at Olympic College and working in her garden.

Eileen is remembered, loved and revered by her sons, William Charles of Orofino, ID and John Edward (Dorothy) of Redlands, CA; daughters, Marie (Gary) Tonge of Bremerton and Maureen (Sol) Lerman of Camarillo, CA; 15 Grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Val Jean McKenzie and Charlene McKenzie; and dear friends.

A memorial mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Thursday, August 2, at 1:30 p.m. A reception and celebration of Eileen’s life will follow at Mary Mac’s in McCormick Woods, 5155 McCormick Woods Dr. SW, Port Orchard, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 4215 Pine Rd. NE, Bremerton, WA 98310; St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1137 North Callow Ave., Bremerton, WA 98312; or Hospice of Kitsap County, PO Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383.

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