Eileen Singer, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, and friend, died on December 13th of complications from cancer treatment in Winchester, Massachusetts. She was 78.
Born in Oceanside, New York, on December 2, 1943, she was raised in Lynbrook, NY. She was the daughter of Marguerite Eleanor Fontaine and Henry Gustav (Gus) Bensen. She loved to tell stories of her childhood in Long Island. She told of bus rides to see the Yankees with her Grandma Rose, summers on the farm in Delhi, New York, coercing her little brother, Henry, to entertain her with renditions of Mr. Sandman, and sneaking sweets laid out for the adults who stayed up late playing cards.
She made her living as an aesthetician in South Florida, shaping eyebrows, doing makeup, and listening to people. Many of her clients became friends and all left feeling better. Eileen loved to laugh, to tell stories, to look for meaning in the stars, to dance, and to spend time with family, especially with her granddaughters. She loved all animals, too, but loved her cat Chloe best of all, for sticking with her through all her moves and through the lonely days of Covid. Eileen had a way of finding the good side of everything and everyone. She will be missed but never forgotten, her stories retold whenever her family and friends are together.
She is survived by her brother Henry Gustav (Henry) Bensen and his wife Amy, her sister Vivienne Lagaris, and her youngest brother, Brian Bensen and his wife Cindy; by her two children - Joseph and his wife Denise and Steven and his wife Melanie; by her cousin Irene and her kids Debi and Harold; by her nieces Leah, Rachel, Christina, and Kelly, and her nephews, James and Todd – and all their children; by her two granddaughters, Emma and Shannon. Her family is planning a memorial service for her in February 2022 in the Bronx and July 2022 in Florida, about which details will follow. In the meantime, please share your pictures, stories, and memories of Eileen below.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to kittyangels.org
, a no-kill shelter for stray and abandoned cats based in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.