Eileen Rose O’Neill Lopez, 93, died Sept. 15 in Portland. A rosary and a funeral Mass were held at The Madeleine Church followed by her interment at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be planned after gathering restrictions ease.

Mrs. Lopez was born, the third of four children, to Thomas and Anna O’Neill on Sept. 17, 1926, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1928 her family moved to Detroit, Michigan where she attended St. Martins elementary and secondary school and graduated from Marygrove College in 1948. After graduating she worked for several years and enjoyed traveling, including trips to Rome and Cuba.

In 1954, she joined the Army and earned her physical therapy certification at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. First Lieutenant O’Neill was then stationed at Madigan Army Hospital, in Tacoma, Washington, where she met Captain Alonzo Lopez, a fellow member of the church choir. They married in 1956, settled in Tacoma and began welcoming their first five children. In 1964 the family moved to Medford, Oregon, adding two more children. In 1967 they moved to Northeast Portland, where they were blessed with their eighth child. Eileen stayed home with her children, running her busy household. She later returned to work as a physical therapist. She retired from Meridian Park Hospital after 25 years of service.

Mrs. Lopez was devoted to her Catholic faith, demonstrating this through the care and love she gave to her family and church. She taught her children the importance of good nutrition, a strong work ethic, the value of a dollar, and staying faithful to their Catholic roots. As the mother of eight she was unwavering in her efforts to provide equally for each of them. She took immense pride in her family and her greatest joy was spending time with them. She was a parishioner at The Madeleine for 53 years, during which time she was member of the Altar Society, served as a eucharistic minister and sang both in the church choir and the Hallelujah Chorus.

Mrs. Lopez was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her children, Mary Theresa, Timothy, Anna Maria, Mary Eileen Loftin, Mary Cecilia English, Christopher, Patricia and Mary Catherine. She will be greatly missed by her family including her grandchildren, Gabriel, Joseph, Richard, Jane, Emily, Claire, Matthew, Michael, Oscar, and Quanah.

Donations can be made in her name to either St. Mary’s Academy or Central Catholic High School.