Eileen R. McDonell

Eileen R. McDonell, 80, of Naples, formerly of Ridgefield, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2012 in Naples, FL. She was born in New York City on August 26, 1931 to Walter Romar and Eileen Manning. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy in 1949 and enrolled in Adelphi College. There she met Horace G. McDonell, who was to become her future husband.

Horace and Eileen were married at St. Kevin's Parish in Flushing, NY on September 6, 1952 and remained happily married for the next 59 and 1/2 years.

They bore three children together; Victoria, Diane and Horace III. Also in 1952 Horace Jr. joined the Perkin-Elmer Corporation as a Field Service Engineer and they moved to New Orleans, LA. Horace served in a succession of jobs at Perkin-Elmer, culminating in his election as Chairman and CEO from which he retired in 1990.

During their married years, Eileen and Horace traveled extensively, including domestic and foreign trips in Europe, Japan and China. They lived for 38 years in Ridgefield, CT; where their three children grew up and graduated from Ridgefield High School. Eileen was active in the affairs of Danbury Hospital; Visiting Nurse Association and Girl Scouts. Horace and Eileen moved to Naples in 1993.

She is survived by her loving husband, Horace; daughter, Diane (Tom) Nagot; and was predeceased by her daughter, Victoria; and son, Horace III.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11 AM in St. Mary Church, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield.

Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield.

There will be no calling hours.

Floral contributions or memorial donations to the favorite charity are welcomed by the family.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.

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