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Eileen Rose Walsh

June 9, 1935 - April 27, 2017

Celebration of her Life on May 25, 2017 at St. Vincent’s School for Boys Chapel, 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Hospice by the Bay in Eileen’s memory.


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Eileen Rose Walsh.  June 9, 1935 to April 27, 2017.  Eileen R. Walsh passed away peacefully on April 27, 2017 at Golden Home Terra Linda surrounded by loving family. One of 7 children of Edward and Catherine Walsh, Eileen was a native San Franciscan, who loved her grandchildren, movies, traveling and good food. Growing up, Eileen and siblings, Mary, Kathleen, Patrick, Thomas, Ed and Ann, considered Golden Gate Park to be their backyard. Eileen made and has remained close throughout her life to friends from her early years in the Sunset, at St. Anne’s, Star of Sea and Cal Berkeley. She was extremely proud of her family and Irish heritage.

Eileen never knew a stranger and easily made friends where ever she would go.  She could light up a room the minute she walked in and make everyone feel special.  She was a confidant and her heart and home were open to many and any who needed a place to stay. Generous to a fault, all who have known Eileen have been a beneficiary of her kindness.  Even those who came from different worlds soon found the differences and distances disappear.  People left Eileen’s house ready to face the world and will never forget the time, space, encouragement and love she wrapped into one. She had a dry sense of humor and quick wit and never missed an opportunity to get a laugh.

The English language and reading were passions, but she also spoke Spanish. This turned out to be a great asset when her grandchildren were lovingly cared for by Olivia, their Spanish speaking nanny. Always a teacher, she insisted on proper English and annunciation and encouraged reading.  Movies were also a passion and she never missed watching the Academy Awards. Eileen could quote any movie ever made.  She grew to appreciate and understand Giants baseball which she and Stan watched religiously.  She soon started debating with others the value of players and plays made during games.

Enjoying variety and challenges, Eileen was an entrepreneur, teacher, and administrator for the Iranian Embassy.

She married the late David F. Woerner Jr. in 1958.  Together they had three children David F Woerner III (Karla), Susannah Woerner, Mark Woerner (Dayna).

Eileen was a warm, loving mother and her 8 grandchildren (Michael, Kiera, Jack (David), Elizabeth, Ryan, Jacqueline, Emma and Grace) and two great grandchildren (Michael, Jr. and Kaiyana) basked in her unending attention.  Fond memories include going to the mall, zoo and parks, sometimes with five kids (three in car seats) packed into a Toyota Camry.

Later in life she met the love of her life Stan Buchanan.  Together they socialized within their extensive circle of friends.  They were completely devoted to each other and remained so until the very end.  For 15 years they shared the joys of travel, music and dance, wit and humor. Six years ago she suffered a serious stoke but it didn’t slow down her quick sarcasm and lively humor. Stan and Eileen also continued to enjoy family and friends and many of the same events as well.

Eileen traveled throughout the world and was proud of her extensive list of states and countries visited. Even after the stroke, she remained adamant about being included in events such as traveling to North Carolina and Arcata for grandchildren’s graduations, weddings, and numerous gatherings.

Family and friends are invited to attend a mass followed by a celebration of her life on May 25, 2017 at St. Vincent’s School for Boys Chapel, 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Hospice by the Bay in Eileen’s memory.  The family is eternally thankful to everyone at Golden Home for the love and care Eileen received throughout the last six years.