Eileen Dempsey - July 10, 2009Helen Mary ‘Eileen’ Dempsey, 68, of North Platte, Neb., died Friday, July 10, 2009, at her home in North Platte surrounded by her family.
Eileen was born Sept. 14, 1940, to Matthew and Mary Ryan Mooney in Farnane Cappamore, County Limerick, Ireland, where she grew up. In January of 1959, she moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., to nanny and later went to work for the phone company.
Eileen met Patrick Dempsey and they were married on May 5, 1962in Killeen, Texas. They lived in Brooklyn, before moving to North Platte in August 1976.
For the past 10 years, Eileen has worked at the Espresso Shop and was known for her scones. She spent a great deal of time with her grandchildren and family.
Eileen was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Foreign Born Ladies Club.
Survivors include her four daughters, Mary and husband James May of Wallace, Neb., and Trish and husband Stacy Combs, Doreen and husband Jeff Goentzel and Kellie and husband Ryan Tagwerker all of North Platte; a son, Ben and wife Debra of Friend, Neb.; 16 grandchildren, Andrew, Sean, Joshua, Maggie, Patrick Quinn, Conor, Jaimen, Chandler, Nicholas, Mollie, Kassie, William, Elizabeth, Mitchell, Samantha and Curtis; her sisters, Peggy Collins and Mary and husband Pat Hynan all of Cappamore, Ireland; four brothers, Mike and wife Linda Mooney of North Platte, Pat and wife Linda Mooney of Apollo Beach, Fla., Matt Mooney and his friend, Beverly Schwartz of McCook, Neb., and John and wife Helena of Cappamore, Ireland; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick; her parents; two sisters-in-law, Irene Mooney and Eileen Mooney; and a brother-in-law, Martin Collins.
Rosary was held Monday, July 13, 2009 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, July 14 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Jim Golka officiating.
Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery south of Maxwell. Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Odean Colonial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.