Eileen Kathryn Meshishnek passed away peacefully to be with our Lord, Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Aspen Park Cascadia in Moscow, after numerous health struggles.
Eileen, aka “Aunt Iky,” was born Nov. 20, 1931, in Uniontown, to George and Kathryn Weber at their family home. She was the youngest of eight siblings (Gertrude Ann, Esther, Leroy, Nadine, Harold, Edward and Betty Jo) and was raised on their family farm.
She was born into the Catholic faith, and she fostered her love of Jesus Christ her entire life.
Eileen shared many loving stories of work on the farm, raising gardens and preparing meals for the family and workers. She lived in the era when farms had no refrigeration and milking cows and churning butter were a daily part of life. She also learned to can fruits and vegetables and the art of making sauerkraut. Her family butchered their own animals and made their own sausage. Eileen passed on these traditions of hard work and manual labor to her own family.
Eileen recalled lovingly how devout, kind and hardworking her parents were. She was instilled with the same ability to work hard and make it fun. She was always smiling and teaching, while patiently waiting for her children and grandchildren to repeat her techniques. Smiling sweetly, with loving eyes, she usually completed the bulk of the tasks at hand if needed. She literally whistled while she worked.
Her talents and crafts were numerous. She could play piano and sing. She was talented at thread crochet, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch, making paper butterflies and painting. She also had a competitive spirit and loved to play cards and other games. She was a wonderful cook and prepared all the baked goods and handmade candies to make holiday meals extra special for her family. Anyone dropping into her home could expect a hearty, homemade meal, complete with dessert. Eileen was tireless in her efforts to care and raise her family the way she was taught. She was kind, caring, devout, gracious and made everyone’s life easier through her efforts.
Eileen attended elementary grades at St. Boniface Catholic School in Uniontown and graduated from Colton High School in 1949. After high school, she enrolled in the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane. One of her proudest moments was graduating in 1952 and becoming a registered nurse. Her nursing career began at Pullman Memorial Hospital, followed by employment at Washington State University Student Health Services in 1962. During her last years of employment at WSU, she was promoted to nurse manager of Student Health Services and remained in that role until her retirement in 1988.
Eileen married the love of her life, Robert G. Meshishnek, on Oct. 4, 1952, at St. Boniface in Uniontown. Bob and Eileen had four children.
Eileen is survived by her oldest son, Mark Meshishnek of Moscow; daughter Christine and Syd Piraino of Spokane; and youngest son Dana and Deb Meshishnek of Deary; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Esther Frei of Clarkston; and her brother, LeRoy Weber of Colton.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband of 62 wonderful years, Bob; and their daughter, Gayle. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Gertrude Ann, Nadine, Harold, Edward and Betty Jo.
Services for Eileen will be held Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow and officiated by the Rev. Joe McDonald. Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m. A Christian burial will follow at St. Gall’s Catholic Cemetery in Colton.
The family suggests a contribution to the Catholic Diocese of Spokane or the Catholic Diocese of Boise; or to a charity of one’s choice.