At home in the company of her five children, multiple grandchildren, and with her husband of nearly 68 years holding her hand, Eileen V. Horn of Sag Harbor passed away in her sleep on March 15. She was 88 years old.
Born on November 2, 1929 to Robert Patrick and Mary Kathleen Muldowney, respectively of Providence, Rhode Island and County Sligo, Ireland, she was raised with seven sisters and two brothers in Springfield Gardens, Queens. Spending the summers on Rector Street in Sag Harbor, it was 1947 when village native Thomas W. Horn, Sr. whistled at her when she and two of her sisters were entering the old Ideal at the present site of the Shopping Cove on Main Street.
The pair married on April 9, 1950 and in January of 1954, they moved into the home they built on Meadowlark Lane. Throughout almost seven decades of matrimony they would have six children, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
One of Eileen’s early jobs was at a Horn & Hardart automat cafeteria in Manhattan. She then worked for Equitable Life Insurance after graduating with Andrew Jackson High School’s Class of 1947 in Queens. When she moved permanently to Sag Harbor, Eileen began working for the New York Telephone Company and was an operator for more than 19 years, serving also as a union delegate and often working the “graveyard shift” at the Southampton and Riverhead facilities. After retirement she kept in touch with former coworkers and was often seen at the luncheons of the New York Telephone Pioneers.
Eileen enjoyed trips to Hawaii, including travels there with her best friend of 82 years, Josephine Rosenthal. Eileen’s kitchen table hosted countless card games, especially Canasta, and her living room or “front room” always seemed to have a game show, mystery, or cable news program running.
She subscribed to every local and regional newspaper, was well-versed politically, and possessed expansive knowledge of Hollywood stars past and present. Most of all, as a woman of faith and family, Eileen cherished the Blessed Mother and time with loved ones, from the oldest to the youngest.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Thomas Sr., daughters Alanna (Richard) and Kathleen, sons Thomas Jr., Michael (Diana), and Robert; her grandchildren Christopher, Alanna Marie (Eric), Ryan, Roberta (Dan), Michael Thomas (Melissa), and Emily; and great-granddaughter Ariel; as well as sisters Marguerite “Peggy” Olsen, Ann Muldowney, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by sisters Maureen, Rosemary, Sheila, Kathleen, and Bernadette; brothers Robert and Jack; as well as her daughter-in-law Debra, grandson Thomas III, and son Charles Frederick.
A funeral Mass was said for Eileen at St. Andrew’s Church on Tuesday, March 20, and she was laid to rest among four generations of the Horn family, two of her sisters, and other relatives at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sag Harbor.
The family asks that any memorial donations be made in Eileen’s name to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Sag Harbor Fire Department.