Eileen Facciola died on Saturday, February 18th, 2012, she died as she lived with courage, grace and dignity. She was surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in New York City, the daughter of the late Thomas R. Lawless and Marie McShane Lawless. She is survived by her daughters, Dina Marie Facciola and her husband Anthony F. Aluotto, and Kathleen (Katie) Patricia Facciola. Eileen is also survived by her sister Kathleen L. Byrne and her husband John Byrne of Hendersonville. Her twin sister Patricia DeFilippis, wife of the late John DeFilippis, who loved and cared for her during her illness. She is also survived by her aunt, Mrs. Helen McShane of Mesa, AZ, her sister-in-law Rosalie Facciola and her nieces and nephews Jude and Thomas Facciola, Theresa Riccio, Gail Mercuri all of Staten Island, NY, Sean Byrne of Charlotte, NC Vincent DeFilippis of Toms River, NJ and Nora Bryne of Bayville, NJ.
When Eileen was in her teens the family moved to Staten Island, NY where she graduated from New Dorp High School and spent many years working in Manhattan. She spent 20 years in San Diego, CA. She then moved back to the east coast to be closer to her family.
Eileen was Republican precinct chair for Brickton, a member of the Henderson County Republican Women’s Club, the Action Club, the Hendersonville Tea Party, Blue Ridge Tea Party, and The Asheville Tea Party. She also volunteered at Park Ridge Hospital before her illness. Eileen was a Patriot and a true American, who spent her time and money supporting her many causes.
This year Eileen will be the recipient of the annual Activist Award at the Hold Their Feet to the Fire Rally in Washington, D.C. sponsored by FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform). Subsequently this honor will be named The Eileen Facciola Activist Award.
She was a loving mother, sister and dear friend to many.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the 9/11 Memorial Fund, One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10006.
Services will be private.