Witlox-Eileen of R.R. 2 Glanworth, peacefully at home after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimers, on Monday, June 2nd, 2014, in her 74th year. Beloved wife and best friend to her devoted husband of 49 years John Witlox. Incredible mother of Mark (Denise) Witlox, Anastasia (Joe) Witlox-Palmer and Tamara (Adrian) Witlox-Peters. Bestest Oma to Katie (Matt) McBride of Orlando, Florida, Tycen, Van and Gunner, Paige and Tanisha. Great Oma to Samantha and Madelyn. Eileen was born in Holland in 1940, the daughter of the late Kay and Leo Vandenberg. She is survived by her sister Johanna Tobin and Brother John (Gemma) Vandenberg. Predeceased by brothers Henry, Arnold, Bill and Leo. Eileen will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and the Witlox family. Eileen and John were married in 1964, along with being a full time mother, Eileen was instrumental in the formation of Witlox Automotive. Eileen and John worked together within their business for over 30 years. Customers and employers were always greeted by a friendly good morning and her contagious smile. Eileen had a way of making everyone feel welcome and part of the family. Eileen was a woman with a tremendous heart. She was always willing to help out when needed, and lent her talents and time to many causes and loved ones. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League and the St. Anne’s Council of Women. Eileen was involved with the St. Anne’s Wine and Cheese Production and was a tireless volunteer with the St. Anne’s Festival. Eileen found richness within life’s simple pleasures; her passion for gardening; her incredible gift in cooking; her devotion to volunteering; and she loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. The family cannot say thank you enough to the many people who helped along the way. Special thanks and huge hugs are given to her 3 angels, Myrna, Katrina and Abiola, who will forever be part of our family.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. from Holy Angels’ Church, Talbot St., St. Thomas. Interment to follow in Holy Angels’ Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Wednesday at 4:00p.m. Those wishing to make donations in memory of Eileen are asked to consider Second Stage Housing (Building Fund), Animal Aide or any animal organization.