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Eileen "Sister Mary Joel" Acerno
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 13, 1925
  • Place of birth:
    Long Island City, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 21, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Brentwood, New York, United States
The memory of Eileen lives on in our hearts forever.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Eileen "Sister Mary Joel" Acerno, 88, born on December 13, 1925 and passed away on March 21, 2014. We will remember her and will keep her kindness, genoristy, and selflessness in our hearts forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by mary pat acerno on 21st March 2016

"We have started to have Family Reunions because of you, Eileen.  It has been wonderful seeing all the cousins, catching up with everyone, and just plain laughing and enjoying each other's company.  I'm so very glad you initiated this a few years ago because it inspired us to keep it going.  It's important for Mom and Gina to reminisce and enjoy watching the kids' antics!  Thank you Eileen-keep everyone up there in line and give Dad a special hug from all of his kids and Mom!!"

This tribute was added by lorna duranti on 13th December 2015

"Ps. HAPPY 90 BIRTHDAY!!"

This tribute was added by lorna duranti on 13th December 2015

"We miss you everyday Eileen.  We remember you when we find ourselves saying things that you use to say all the time i.e.  " Oh Wow..".. "Where is your mother" etc.  we smile. Love you. Xo"

This tribute was added by lorna duranti on 24th March 2015

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of Aunt Eileen... But I still feel her so close by.... In reflection this past year we lost such dear ones but I find comfort in knowing they are all together with the loved ones we have lost in years before... And they are now our angels from above... We must especially for  Eileen's sake keep our family together ... So like Mary Pat I too felt her saying... Just do it... Life to short... So let's plan something soon... Maybe this summer. Stay tuned.... Meanwhile keep them all in our prayers ... And know they are looking over us and smiling!!! ❤️"

This tribute was added by Ken Acerno on 23rd March 2015

"Four of the cornerstones of my life left us in the past year. I tell my kids that when you come to that fork in the road and you don't know which way to go. Just say to yourself  "Which way would Aunt Eileen go? " They left us with so many gifts....knowledge, hard work, and family....we will never stop missing you Eileen."

This tribute was added by mary pat acerno on 21st March 2015

"It's hard to believe it has been a year already.  I know our Mom misses Eileen's weekly phone calls from McDonald's, keeping her updated about the rest of the family.  I'm hoping we, as a family, can plan something in the near future.  There are so many of our kids who haven't even met their cousins.  I can almost feel Eileen pushing me to start planning something!  We miss you!!"

This tribute was added by michael mckenna on 16th December 2014

"Every family should have an Aunt Eileen!  Someone very caring and loyal to her family and the creator of the family birthday/anniversary list and address book that I, as others, depended on often over the years. I will forever remember her words of encouragement and advice in anything I or my family were doing. She wanted us to keep learning, loving, and giving to each other and to help to make life better for others. Our family was truly blessed to be loved by her and to love her."

This tribute was added by kaity duranti on 13th December 2014

"When we need to find our strength, Eileen is there. Thinking of her today and always."

This tribute was added by Peg Richmond on 1st April 2014

"Aunt Eileen - please give my dad a hug when you get to heaven!  I smile when I remember watching you with your sisters.....reminds me of how I feel when I'm with my sisters.  Thank you for modeling that for us.  Rest.....you deserve it.  Love you always."

This tribute was added by mary pat acerno on 31st March 2014

"One of my cousins referred to Eileen as a "firecracker"  and my goodness, did that ever describe her!   My St. Joe memories are so vivid and of course, all of them include Eileen.  The "click, click, click" of her heels as she headed toward me, alerted not only me, but all of my friends that she was "on a mission".  They'd say, "Here she comes Mare," and I knew that no matter what she had to say, there was always that underlying message...I care about you, I want you to do well, be sure to ask me for help if you need it.  Over the years I've come to realize how important it was to have her there at St. Joe's...her continuous "checking in", daily trips (which were often out of her way) to touch base, and making sure whenever I made the trip home that my car was filled with all kinds of goodies for her NH family, made me realize that family always came first with her.  I am so very glad we were able to celebrate family last June at Lorna and Al's...she looked wonderful, was in great spirits, and celebrated life!  As my sister Eileen said so well...we have another angel in heaven to look after us!!"

This tribute was added by mike mckenna on 30th March 2014

"Again I find myself feeling so grateful for being born into this wonderful family!  Aunt Eileen, like her sisters Gloria, Grace, Gina, and her brothers, Michael and Arthur, and dear in-laws, she has been a continual source of love, support, and inspiration. I feel truly blessed to love and be loved by each of them.  Aunt Eileen lived her life with purpose, always thinking how she could make life better for others, ease their burdens. She worked hard to teach her her students, worked for members of her parish, and for her clients in her paralegal work.  She inspires me to try to live the same. Thank you and love you always!"

This tribute was added by theresa acerno on 30th March 2014

"Since Aug. 1994 Eileen called me every Sun.and asked questions about Mickey's (Jr.'s.) family in NH - Today is Sun. and I feel so sad that the call won't be coming,  She accomplished so much in her lifetime and touched so many lives.  Eileen you will be missed, but not forgotten as you have been an inspiration to me and many others..THANKS"

This tribute was added by Brynn Wolff on 29th March 2014

"The child in me remembers the homemade chocolates and treats Eileen always brought when she came to the holiday gatherings. The adult in me will never forget her selflessness, generosity and service to others. Wherever she went, she brought love, hope and faith. She lives on in the hearts of those whose lives she touched."

This tribute was added by Eileen Lary on 28th March 2014

"Another angel in heaven to help my dad keep a protective eye on all the Acernos. You will be missed Aunt Eileen....love the "other" Eileen."

This tribute was added by helen Page on 28th March 2014

"I remember stories my Dad (Ken Whittaker) would tell us about Eileen and our Acerno family.  I wished we had lived closer and could have gotten to know you all better.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you."

This tribute was added by beth sigal on 27th March 2014

"Our aunt Eileen lived her life and her faith to the fullest. Her selflessness, devotion to her family and her dedication was an example to all of us. Our family was truly blessed by her love and we will always keep her close to our hearts."

This tribute was added by L. D. on 27th March 2014

"Family was so important to Eileen, and Eileen was so important to our family. She always encouraged the women in our family to get a good education and to keep a good head on our shoulders. She will be very missed but her kindness, selflessness and strength will live on in the hearts of everyone that knew her."

This tribute was added by kathy bartley on 27th March 2014

"Eileen had a gift for teaching, caring for others, and loving family. She'll be missed but her legacy will live on through everyone she has touched."

This tribute was added by lorna duranti on 27th March 2014

"Eileen you will be missed forever. You were the glue that kept our family together!  Now you're our angel in heaven ! Bless you and may God keep you safe !!!"


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