Eileen I. Perkins, 79, of 119 W. Remington St., Black River, passed May 20, 2014 at the Samaritan Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.
Born on January 25, 1935 in Black River, NY, daughter of John and Marion Foley McLean, she graduated from Black River High School in 1953.
She married Sherry W. Perkins, of Carthage, on June 13, 1953 at St. Pauls Catholic Church. The couple moved to Victorville, California, where her husband was stationed in the US Air Force .They returned to Northern New York in 1955 settling in Black River where they made their home and raised their family.
She was employed by the US Postal Service in Black River for fifteen years. Upon her retirement Eileen worked for McLean Electric in Black River, a business founded by her father. In 1978 Mclean Electric became a Women Owned Business Enterprise when Eileen became the owner and manager. She and her husband operated the business up until their retirement in 1994.
Mrs. Perkins was a lifetime member and former president for the Black River Fire Department Auxiliary, former president of the Black River American Legion Auxiliary and past member of the St. Pauls Church Altar & Rosary Society. Eileen cofounded the Black River High School Kamargo Association and was a communicant of St. Pauls Catholic Church.
She was an avid bowler, enjoyed gardening, crafts, traveling, entertaining and spending time with her family & friends. In 2013 she and her husband celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary.
Among her survivors are her loving husband and best friend Sherry W. Perkins, Black River; two daughters, Debbie L. Canale, Jacksonville, FL, Donna P. Stella. Lake Bonaparte, New York ; four grandchildren, Richard Canale, Andrea Phillips and her husband Ricky Phillips , Margo Stella , Patrick Stella and his finance Kelly Lima; three great grandchildren, Jackson, Braden and Addison Phillips; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday, May 23 at St. Pauls Catholic Church, Black River from 10 a.m. to Noon followed by a funeral mass at 12; 00 .
Burial will be at the Black River Cemetery and a reception hosted by the family will follow at the American Legion Post 673 Black River, NY
Donations may be made to the Black River Ambulance Squad 121 Le Ray St., Black River, NY 13612
Online condolences may be made at Brucefh.com