Eileen's Story

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Eileen Lillian Lynch-Forest, 92, of Pleasanton, California went home to Our Lord on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Honoring her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 20, at Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Catholic Church. A visitation will occur one hour prior to the Funeral Mass. Burial will take place at St. Marys Cemetery in Clinton. Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Eileen was born April 30, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa to the late Joseph and Agnes (Curtis) Lynch. She is survived by her siblings David Lynch and Diane (Lynch) Thornton. Surviving children are Dennis (Rita) Forest of Mount Vernon, Texas, Gary (Susan) Forest of Watsonville, Ca, Thomas (Chris) Forest of Pleasanton, Ca, Sue (Beau) Murdock of Los Gatos, Ca, Steven (Tori) Forest of Pleasanton, Ca, Rebecca (Jim) Forest of Carmichael, Ca, Jill (Mike) OBrien of Pleasanton, Ca, and Dale Forest of Long Beach, Ca; 20 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, 7 step-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren. Eileen was predeceased in death by her husband Dale Forest, three sisters Lois Yackshaw, Joan Short and Janet Lemke, brother, Carlos Lynch and daughter Kathleen Stouvenel.

Eileen was born in 1924 at 2.5 pounds, she survived because her loving mother would sit next to the wood stove to keep her warm and rub her back. This was no ordinary baby; Eileen was strong and was destined to live a long life. Eileen married Dale Forest in 1943 and together they had 9 children. Unfortunately, Eileen was widowed at a young age, 36, while pregnant with her 9th child but she never showed her children how sad she was, she was just Mom to her children. In 1968, she packed up the youngest 6 children and her new daughter-in-law, Rita and moved to California. The oldest child, Denny was in Vietnam, the 2nd, Gary in college and the 3rd, Kathy was already in California. She initially moved to Yorba Linda, Ca but soon moved to Northern California in the Monterey area to be near her sister, Diane.

Eileen worked in a Radiology office in Salinas, California but at age 62 Eileen sold her house, bought a motor home and took off. She traveled for 2 years into Mexico and back and forth across the US twice and this was before cell phones. Eileen was able to visit family & friends from coast to coast. After she sold the motorhome, she moved to Pleasanton, Ca. to be near her children. During her life, Eileen to traveled to Fiji, Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, China and many other Asian countries, multiple countries in Europe, Brazil, Chili, cruised through the Panama Canal and around the horn of South America. As were her wishes, she wanted to remain at home until her death, even in her 90s she was able to live alone. She was strong and independent until the end.
Published on May 15, 2017
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