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Eileen Nekuda
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Eileen Ann
Nekuda (O'Malley)
1918 - 2013
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Obituary for Eileen Ann Nekuda (O'Malley)

Eileen Ann  Nekuda (O'Malley)
Clinton-Eileen Ann O’Malley Nekuda, 95, passed away surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and brother at home on Sunday September 22, 2013. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leslie J Nekuda who died in 1949. She is survived by her daughters Maryann Castillo of Clinton and Leslie Jane Paquin and her husband Pierre of Dennis; two brothers William J O’Malley and Walter S O’Malley both of Clinton. Three brothers predeceased her – John E, Daniel D, and Robert M O’Malley. She leaves her grandchildren: David A Castillo of Marina del Ray, CA, Celeste Lee and her husband Daniel of Ann Arbor, MI, Angela DeVivo and her husband Andrew of Clinton, Corinne Meadors and her husband Andrew of Folsom, CA, Andrew Paquin and his wife Ingrid of Edgewater NJ, MaryAnne L Paquin-Robinette and her husband Jason of Westbury, NY, and Bethany Paquin of Edgewater, NJ. Great grandchildren – Emma, Charles and Nora Castillo, Jonathan Lee, Matthew Fitzgerald, Avery Paquin, Lucian and Camille Meadors, Zephyr Robinette, Leslie and Andrew DeVivo. Nieces and nephews: Maryann Rymsza of Chatham, MA, Walter O’Malley of Stow, MA, Daniel O’Malley of Columbus, OH, Robert O’Malley of Phoenix, AZ, Josepha O’Malley of Alexandria, VA, and John Peter O’Malley of Spokane, WA. Several cousins, great nieces & nephews and many friends.
Eileen was born in Clinton, MA to John E and Anne M (Schofield) O'Malley. A graduate of Clinton High School, Class of 1937, Eileen first served as troop leader and camp counselor/life guard for the Girls Scouts of America. With her love of fashion and her eye for art, she attended The Academy Moderne in Boston. She apprenticed at Filene’s Fashion Merchandising School and was a junior buyer. Mrs. Nekuda successfully owned and operated Eileen O'Malley's Dress Shop from 1939 to 1942. It was here that she met her husband, Lt. Leslie J Nekuda, from Lincoln, Nebraska who was stationed at nearby Fort Devens. He had stopped in to purchase a dress for his little sister, Lydia and instead met his future wife. Eileen closed up shop and traveled with her husband to where he was stationed during World War II. She lived in Florida, Nebraska and California. Sadly, her husband Leslie suffered terrible injuries during a training incident in California and died not long after the end of the war. A young widow with two young baby girls to support, she came back to Clinton surrounded by the love of her family and friends. Although she resided in her hometown for the rest of her life, she maintained her sense of adventure vacationing to and through all of the United States and Europe. She was executive director of the Red Cross of Clinton and was one of the first responders during the 1954 Worcester Tornado, setting up communications, food, shelter and blood blanks for survivors. She later worked as a buyer for R.H. White Company in Worcester. Finally she retired from the State of Massachusetts, where she worked as a counselor at the Lancaster School for Girls. She was a member of St. John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish in Clinton and served as a former president of St. John's Mother's Club. She served on Clinton’s Art’s Council. She held membership with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and was active with the Clinton Historical Society. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon, on Saturday, Sept. 28, in St. John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St. Clinton, with burial to follow in St. John Cemetery, Lancaster. Calling hours will be held prior to Mass on Saturday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St. Clinton. Contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Nekuda to Clinton Hospital Foundation, 201 Highland St. Clinton, MA 01510. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com.
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