Eileen Landy O’Connor, a long-time resident of Croton-on-Hudson, NY and recently of Brewster MA, died peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital on December 10th, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, on October 17, 1927, Eileen was a graduate of Ossining High School and a student at the New School and Columbia University in NYC. She was the loving daughter of Arthur and Mary (Campbell) Landy and was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Charles E. O’Connor, her sister Patricia McLaud and her brother Arthur Landy. She was also predeceased by her in-laws Dorothy and Robert O’Connor and brother-in-law Eugene McLaud.
Loving mother of Charles Jr. and his wife Patricia of River Forest, IL; Timothy and his wife Maureen of Cary, NC; Thomas and his wife Jill of Cotuit, MA; Richard and his wife Anne of Avon, CT; and James of New Yok City. Cherished “Nana Duck” to 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Gloria Landy, her in-laws Mary Therese and Michael Geraci, and her dear “Campbell cousins”.
Nothing was more important to Eileen than her family, extended family and close friends. She loved her family and throughout her life, remained in constant contact with her many cousins, nieces and nephews. She had a passion for family history and collected many newspaper articles going back to the late 1800’s. Up until recently, Eileen was in touch with her dear friends from the Ossining High Class of 1945.
After graduating from Ossining High, she went to work for the advertising agency Young and Rubicam on Madison Avenue in NYC, where she worked with her sister. They commuted each day by train to NYC and it was on one of these daily commutes to work that Eileen met her husband, Charlie. Following her marriage to Charlie in 1950, Eileen and her young family lived in Ossining, NY, before moving to Croton-on-Hudson, NY, where she and Charles spent the rest of their married life together. They were long-term parishioners of Holy Name of Mary Church. They loved Croton and couldn’t imagine a better place to live and raise a family.
In the mid-1970’s, Eileen worked at the Westchester Medical Center, formerly known as Grasslands Hospital, as one of the administrators of the Children’s Heart Clinic. She then worked at the law firm of Kent, Hazzard et al., until her retirement in 1996 at age 69. It was at this time she began traveling across the country and internationally with her sister “Patsy”, brother-in-law Eugene and her husband Charlie.
Eileen spent many happy days volunteering for the Ossining Historical Society. With her in depth knowledge and upbringing in Ossining, she became a resource for the writers of the acclaimed TV show, Mad Men. Eileen also volunteered for the Croton Caring Committee, driving “seniors” to appointments, and Meals on Wheels, well into her 80’s.
Eileen’s true love was music and theater. She would frequently take the train to midtown Manhattan and wait in line for last minute Broadway theater tickets. She is fondly remembered by her sons for singing and dancing to Broadway music while getting them ready for school. Eileen cherished her time swimming at Silver Lake, walking at Senasqua Park along her beloved Hudson River, cross country skiing at Croton Point Park, and canoeing on the Croton River. She loved swimming at Nauset Beach and Little Pleasant Bay in Orleans, Ma, where her family vacationed for decades, with her sibling families. A lover of cold weather, Eileen enjoyed ice skating with the Bear Mountain Skating Club and continued skating into her 80’s, when she finally gave up doing double axels!
Due to the pandemic, a celebration of Eileen’s life will be delayed until mid to late 2021. Donations can be made in Eileen’s memory to the Ossining Historical Society (https://www.ohsm.org/make-a-donation), the Croton Caring Committee http://crotoncaring.org/donate, or Opportunity Knocks (https://www.opportunityknocksnow.org/get-involved-donations-page/) where her grandson Charlie O’Connor III has attended programs for two decades. To view the complete obituary, visit https://www.ccgfuneralhome.com/obit/eileen-landy-oconnor