Eileen Mary D’Aurelio (nee Sarlouis) age 77 was born December 17th, 1943 and died peacefully on January 28th 2021 after a short spiral with cancer. Her family was by her side during her final weeks to care for her as she faded making her departure from earth as profound and beautiful as her life was upon it. Her final words reassuringly asked that we not be sad – that she had a happy life and that she loved us all. Even in her final moments she concentrated what few breaths remained toward providing comfort for others.
Eileen most recently resided in Ohio with her husband, son and daughter-in-law after spending recent years enjoying RV living in Florida during winters and Chardon during summers. She grew up in Akron, attending and graduating from Akron’s St. Mary High School in 1961 where she received awards for her acting in school plays and where she played basketball and developed a lifelong passion for the sport which eventually grew to a love of all Cleveland sports teams as well as Ohio State. She went on to attend St. Thomas School of Nursing where she studied to be a registered nurse. After leaving Akron, she moved to Newbury where she raised her three sons with her husband Robert.
Eileen dedicated her life to selflessly helping others realize their happiness. She began her career as a nurse caring for newborns in the pediatric ward at St Mary’s Hospital in Akron Ohio before pausing her career to dedicate her energy toward raising her three boys which were her “greatest joy.” As her son’s grew and realized the success and happiness that she had tirelessly prepared for them, Eileen returned to a successful career caring for the elderly in nursing homes where she evolved her love of acting to become an entertainer for those in her care often dressing up and putting on plays with the staff to entertain at locations like Holly Hill Nursing Home. Her endless enthusiasm to go above and beyond for people eventually helped her rise to become the president of OANAC (Ohio Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators) and as a Nursing Consultant for Omnicare Pharmacies where she traveled the state hosting seminars and providing education to nurses in long term care facilities throughout Ohio. She was an active member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church parish where she sang in the choir and volunteered her recent time to help coordinate weddings and funerals for area families as well as helping plan social outings for senior members which became known as her “Prime Time Players” group. She also sang in choirs at St. Mary’s in Chardon & Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Willoughby for a time, was an active volunteer for Birthright in Chardon and was recently a proud bragging member of the Hula Kats comedy and performance group at Hawaiian Isles RV Resort in Ruskin Florida. Like her father before her, Eileen spent countless hours in her gardens nurturing plants and flowers that she would relish as they bloomed – much like the people around her bloomed as a result of her selfless love.
Eileen will be remembered for being loving, positive and independent and for her appreciation of life and the selfless love she provided for her family and friends especially when they faced hard times. Eileen’s vocation was also her personal passion. She often took what she had learned throughout her career to assist her family and friends during their times of greatest need. She would give everything she had to assure others had what they needed, often with little regard for herself. She lived in the moment. Her face in most photographs beamed with pride for whatever company and occasion prompted the camera’s moment. She appreciated life. She would speak of Birds, Flowers and Sunny Days with the same excitement & energy that most reserve for large occasions. Spending time with Eileen would always result in a greater appreciation for the beauty of life due to her unique ability to live within that moment and positivity. She was talented and independent. She would meet any challenge by learning how to overcome it and providing the necessary fix. The home she provided for her family was symbolic of this – with every room having been redone personally by her own hands from tile work to landscaping.
Eileen’s loving impact on her sons, their families and her six grandchildren and two great grandkids as well as all the friends that she touched will ensure that her energy continues to perpetuate on earth now that her soul has ascended beyond. Her greatest joy was her family and she will be dearly missed. Her death is sad and difficult for us all – but the happiness and beauty of her life will be what we remember and perpetuate in her honor. The family thanks all family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances for whatever part you played in her happiness. When the pandemic subsides we look forward to seeing you all in person and celebrating Eileen’s life with a Celebration of Life Party.
Private Family Mass of Christian Burial Friday February 5th, 2021 at St. Helen Catholic Church 12060 Kinsman Rd., Newbury, OH 44065 at 1pm ET. The family asks that you respect their wishes that only immediate family will be invited to attend Mass inside of the church (husband, sons and their families). The link for the livestream will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVyB3TBINOXwTyvGreTZBPg (St Helen’s YouTube channel – also linked at https://www.sthelen.com/ ) beginning February 5th at the time of service. Mass will be livestreamed so you can view from the safety of your home & parking lot attendance is welcome if you would like to receive the Eucharist where you will be able to listen through your FM radio or livestream on your mobile device. Cremation following by DeJohn Crematory.
Optional calling hours at The DeJohn Funeral Home & Celebrations Center of Chesterland 12811 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd) Thursday February 4th 4-8 PM. Some immediate family will not be in attendance due to COVID concerns and there will be limited ceremonial execution beyond distanced visitation 4-8p and a prayer at 7pm. This wake is for anyone that feels the need to achieve closure specifically via a final viewing – please don’t feel any obligation to put yourself at risk beyond your personal discretion. Support for the family and honoring Eileen will be focused primarily on the streamed mass and an upcoming in-person Celebration of Eileen’s Life party which will take place post-covid. Online obituary, guestbook, & order flowers at www.DeJohnCares.com
A Celebration of Eileen’s Life party is being planned for a later date when it is safe to gather – e-mail Brian at email@example.com to receive information when it becomes available.
EILEEN MARY D’AURELIO (nee Sarlouis) was the beloved wife for 55 years of Robert “Bob”; loving mother of Gregory (wife Joan), Michael (wife Debbie) and Brian (wife Kirsten Winquist); devoted grandmother of Mercedes Prodan (husband Scott), Ryan, Megan, Jackson, Alise, and Wren and great-grandmother of Rylan and Rory Prodan; cherished daughter of the late Martin and Mary (nee Koerber) Sarlouis; dearest sister of Joseph Sarlouis (wife Martha deceased), and the late Marcella Kilfoyle (husband Bill deceased), and Margie James; dear aunt Nini and great-aunt of many.
In honor of Eileen’s selfless pursuit of helping others and her early work in Pediatrics – contributions may be made in memory of Eileen to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at the following web page: https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=6910440&pg=personal&fr_id=39300
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Eileen answered to many names but to me she was always Cousin NÉE- NÉE rest in peace dear cousin. Thoughts and prayers to all the family.
So very sorry to hear this. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to the entire family.
~Dylan, Aimee, Dominic, Roman, Anthony, and Sofia Randazzo
Eileen was a beautiful woman and was always a very happy person. She will be missed! God Bless!
My sympathy and prayers go out to all Eileen’s family. Such a wonderful woman; so smart, talented, and loving! I’m greatly honored to have known her and her wonderful family! She will be greatly missed, but forever in our hearts.
Dede, Matt & Katey Anderson
Uncle Bob, Greg, Mike & Brian – Your mom meant so much to me, Matt and Katey, she was like another mom to us and we loved her endlessly. We are sad to know she is gone, but find peace knowing she is with her sisters again. We will miss her kindness and love. Rest easy Aunt Nini!
Pam (Gambaccini) Shuman
Bob, Greg, Mike and Brian ~
I was Eileen’s classmate at St. Thomas Nursing School. I have so many fabulous memories of good times with her during those 3 years. Not only was she smart as a whip…she was so much fun! (I’m smiling just thinking about the many silly conversations and things we did) Years after we graduated, many of our class would get together with our kids for summer picnics and sometimes we enjoyed the day in Newberry. I’m so sorry that she didn’t have more years with all of you. God bless you as grieve her passing from this life into her ‘well deserved’ heavenly home.
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Eileen was a very special lady, we knew since she entered nursing school. Thank you Bob and Eileen, Greg, Mike, Brian, for all the the wonderful memories. Eileen is in our prayers.
Thanks so much for all the great memories and coming to visit her and Dad. It meant so very much. Im glad she got to visit the lost forest for some down time.
My sincerest sympathy goes out to all of you. Aunt Eileen is a beautiful soul and is at peace but I know that leaves a big hole in your hearts that can’t be filled. I wish you peace and comfort. I wish we could be there for you.
Katie Kilfoyle remis
Uncle Bob, Greg, Mike and Brian, i know that with great love comes great loss – so I know you are hurting deeply. She was always smiling and beautiful, inside and out. You did a wonderful job capturing her spirit in her obituary.
Barbara Brueggemeyer Gibson
Bob and Family
I was also a classmate of Eileen’s at St. Thomas. I remember those three year as being such a special time in my life. So many great memories! We all became one big family. Eileen added her own special love and kindness towards all. She was always ready for a good time and became one of the most caring and dedicated nurses. She will be missed! My sympathy goes out to you all. You are in my prayers.
Barbara Roscoe Forst
Bob and Family. I was a classmate of Eileen’s at St. Thomas. I met her on day one and new we would be lifetime friends. She was my 1st roommate. I was from Cleveland and thought everyone was coming and staying. My parents were going back home and Eileen and parents took me home with them so I didn’t have to be alone. I have many found memories of her and ST. Thomas. The funniest after we graduated. It was our 40th class reunion and she showed up with a suitcase full of our books. We all had a good laugh. She loved her family and boys. I never met them but thru her yearly Christmas card I knew all there accomplishments. My sympathy goes out to all. My prayers will be with you,
Aunt Knee Knee 🙂 lived so well and passed away so well. Fully in control, lots of dignity and love. She is a great soul. Thank you for the lovely photos. I know she loved the mass. She will continue to inspire me to be a better person and I pray for her strength and humor to care for others.