Mrs Eileen "Lile" Howard

  • Born: February 7, 1927
  • Died: April 18, 2020
  • Location: Cranford, New Jersey

Gray Memorial Funeral Home

12 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mother, and Grandmother

Eileen Howard, (nee Tangney), 93, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, 18 April 2020, after a long illness. Her death was not related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

'Lile' was born in Rosnacarthna Mor, Faha, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland and attended Faha Cross School and The Presentation Convent Secondary School, Killarney, where her life long love of learning was kindled. She worked and attended nursing school at Dulwich Hospital, London, England before emigrating to the United States in 1953. She worked several years at The Margaret Hague Hospital, Jersey City, and Alexian Brothers Hospital and Elizabeth General Hospital, both in Elizabeth, before settling with her family in Rahway, where she would continue to serve the community as a Rahway Hospital nurse, rising to become Assistant Director of Nursing, Evenings before retiring in 1991. She was a long- time parishioner of Saint Mary's Church, Rahway, and after moving to Cranford in 1995, of Saint Michael's Church, Cranford.

Mrs. Howard was predeceased by her husband fellow Kerryman John, in 2016, her four siblings: Michael, William, Noreen and Paddy and her niece Colleen Tangney Mattioli. She is survived by her five (5) children, Jerry, Mary, Agnes, Patrick and Jill, their spouses and seven (7) grand children.

She was a self-sacrificing and loving mother, a solicitous and dedicated nurse, and a decisive and practical manager. "Beannacht De ort!"

Private Burial services for Eileen will be in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors, Cranford. Please go to: to offer condolences.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I worked at Rahway Hospital and remember Mrs. Howard as a warm, caring Supervisor, have never forgotten her.

Posted by Peg Dooley - Cranford, NJ - Coworker   May 23, 2020

I worked with Mrs. Howard for many years at Rahway Hospital. She was the face of the 3 to 11 shift during my time in the Emergency Room. My sympathy to the Howard family in remembrance of this wonderful Kerry woman from this Galway girl. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Mary Mahoney - CRANFORD, NJ - Coworker   May 01, 2020

Mary, Agnes, Jill, Jerry and Patrick. With many fond memories of your Mom and our sympathy for her passing. Thinking of you all and sending our love to you and your families.

Posted by Jane Savard - Friend   April 29, 2020

Jerry, Mary, Agnes, Patrick & Jill, Seeing your Mom's beautiful face again brought up so many smiles and memories of wonderful times spent with your family, growing up together in Rahway, NJ. My four brothers, Andrew, Patrick, Michael, James and I send our warmest regards and sympathies to your family, as you honor and remember your Mom - a great lady and wonderful friend, along with your Dad, to our parents, Andy & Mary Kelly. All our love - Mary T. Kelly

Posted by Mary T Kelly - Prescott, AZ - Friend   April 26, 2020

Our sympathies to all of the Howards

Posted by Tom and Nora Collins - Currow, Kerry - Family   April 24, 2020

So sorry for your loss Jerry, Mary, Agnes, Patrick and Jill, and all the grandchildren. She was a lovely lady and obviously passed on her kindness and caring nature to you. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayer. The Tierney's xxx

Posted by Aine Collins - Tipperary - Family   April 24, 2020

Mrs Howard was my 3-11 supervisor from 1980 to 1988. I was a very green nurse. She was a mentor and a great inspiration to me. I am a better nurse for having her as a mentor. My deepest condolences to you and your entire family at this time. She and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Maureen O'Connor - Toms River, NJ - Coworker   April 24, 2020

Loved working with you, you were he best. My sympathy and prayers to all the family. From a fellow Irish woman and nurse.

Posted by Maura Knofel - Sayreville, NJ - Friend   April 24, 2020


Posted by Knofel - Sayreville, NJ - Friend   April 24, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Eileen for many years at Rahway Hospital. We were 3-11 nursing supervisors together as well as working together in other areas. She brought calm and reason to every situation. It was almost impossible to ruffle her feathers! She taught me so much and I loved working with her. She was a great support in helping me survive raising four children, again with her calm wisdom. ( and more than a few stories about the antics of all of you!). She will always hold a special place in my heart and my memories of wonderful years at Rahway Hospital. Sending warm wishes and deepest sympathy to all of you. May she Rest In Peace.merm

Posted by Jane Dowling - East Brunswick, NJ - Friend   April 24, 2020

We loved you Mrs.Howard

Posted by Frida Black - Sarasota, FL - Friend   April 23, 2020

Sincere sympathies to all of the Howard Family on the passing of your mother from your cousins in Lisheenbawn, Currow, Kerry

Posted by Collins Families - Farranfore - Family   April 23, 2020

Our sympathies to all of the Howard family on the passing of your mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Posted by Noreen & Martin Mulligan - Dublin - Family   April 23, 2020

My thoughts are with you at this time of passing.

Posted by Brian Pawlowski - Palo Alto, CA - Friend   April 22, 2020

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