In memory of
Eileen Pleau
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In memory of
Eileen Pleau
Eileen Pleau 1937 - 2016 WINSLOW - Eileen Pleau, 79, of Winslow passed away on Oct. 15, 2016, to be with the Lord. Eileen was a remarkable woman. From the early age of three she was saddened to lose her mother. Her and her late sister Yvette Clark found themselves often fending for themselves. Even though faced with the tragedy of losing their mother, Eileen grew to become an amazing woman. Eileen married her husband, Lionel, and was blessed with having six children, each of whom was special to her in every way. Her oldest son Michael and his wife Jill of Vassalboro would give her tremendous joy with bringing into the family their sons Ryan, Michael and daughter Denyelle. Michael would turn out to be her only boy and she loved him dearly. Michael would concern the family by taking trips after work to visit his mother regularly in the hospital, returning home late, only to have to wake very early to return to work. He frequently brought her meals and always made sure Eileen was cared for. Michael was very handy and you might say he would grow to become his mother's handyman over many years, since their father's passing in 1997. He never complained and valued all the time he spent with his mother. The remaining five children would be girls and the house was never lacking for noise. Her daughter Angela, who lives in Waterville at the Quarry Road Residential Center, would speak with her several times daily on the phone spending quality time on the weekends with her mother. Angela would make sure daily chores were always being done. Lisa Nelson and her husband Vince of Thorndike blessed Eileen with their daughter Desiree' Nelson and from a previous marriage a son, Nathan Hamblet. Lisa assisted her mother with financial matters and helped Eileen stay organized and up to date while also going through medical struggles with one of her grandchildren at the same time. Her daughter Paula Pooler (wife of Carleton Pooler) of Winslow, would prove to be an Angel, driving Eileen back and forth to doctor's appointments on a regular basis all the while performing her duties as the financial director for AOS 92 and caring for her family. A task many of us never want but Paula handled the pressure with grace and dignity. They blessed Mrs. Pleau with a daughter Ashley who when her grandmother could not stay in her home, graciously welcomed Eileen to live with her until she regained her strength to go back home. Her daughter Mary Greene and Robert of Freeport gave Eileen joy with their daughter Nicolette Greene Sennett and son Trevor Greene. Mary would be torn with knowing her mother was extremely ill and also needing to be available to her only daughter Nicolette who was getting married on Oct. 15. Eileen was trying desperately to attend the wedding as it meant so much to her, strongly encouraging her doctor to do whatever possible to make this happen. Eileen passed away 1 ½ hours before the wedding. Eileen wanted all her children to attend that wedding as in her whole life selflessly, wanted the best for the family. With extreme sadness but at the same time, overwhelming joy, Mary's entire family blessed her by being there for her and her daughter. A true gift they also gave to their mother. Her daughter Cherry Frewin of Florida (husband Wes Frewin) gave comfort to her siblings by coming home to Maine and staying with Eileen on more than one occasion enjoying the one on one time with her mother. Exhausted with travel, never uttering a word of discontentment. Cherry had two children Nolan Southard and Arielle Tuttle and two stepchildren, Danielle Frewin Rukundo and Michel Frewin. Now that you have become familiar with her family let's take time to share who Eileen really was. Eileen was the strongest woman that anyone would be honored to know, leaving a legacy for her children to carry on and pass down to the next generation. The hardships and pain that Eileen would endure through her lifetime only made her stronger and become the wonderful mother she was. Eileen worked at Inland Hospital for 37+ years. A hard and dedicated employee and friend to her coworkers. Eileen rarely would ever miss work. A work ethic she valued and passed down to her children. She loved her job and in fact, even after she so-called retired continued to work on a regular basis. She enjoyed being at work and truly valued the friendships she had made daily. In fact, Deb Johnson of Inland Hospital never filled Eileen's position so Eileen could return to her job, all the while knowing the job needed to be filled. You would seldom see Eileen without a book in her hand. She loved reading novels and it was her favorite thing to do in the evening before settling in for the night. Eileen enjoyed playing bingo on Sunday's with her two daughters, sometimes her granddaughter and a true friend from Waterville High School. Recently, being introduced to the Bangor slots Eileen found herself enjoying a past time she was never familiar with in her early life and grew to look forward to taking trips to Bangor. Eileen would never become a rich woman, but was rich in character and had so many qualities most of us would only dream of having. She loved her family, her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and carried a special place in her heart for her niece Donna Dunton of Bangor. Special thanks to Amber Keithan for being there for the family so they could attend the wedding. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m., at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist, 26 Monument St., Winslow. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Eileen's memory to: Alfond Center for Cancer Care Giving Maine General Health Office of Philanthropy PO Box 828 Waterville, ME 04903
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