Eileen K. Shemasek, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024. She was born on June 24, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to the late JosephR. and Violet Lucas Kurnik.
Eileen’s family moved back to Bentleyville, Pennsylvania when she was quite young and she grew up there and graduated from Bentleyville High School in 1948. She would later live in Mt. Lebanon, PA. and finally settled in Calcutta, OH. where she resided for the past 46 years.
She was primarily a homemaker but did work in the dress department of Ogilivie’s Department Store Before becoming a full-time caregiver to her aging parents in the early 1980s.
She was a woman of great faith and devotion to the Lord. She was a member of St. John LutheranChurch in East Liverpool where she diligently served in any capacity that was asked of her such as altarcare, prayer chains, serving on the preschool board and visiting shut ins. She was a prayer warrior and always spent time in devotion each day praying for family and friends. She always put everyone else’s needs ahead of her own.
She was deeply involved in her grandchildren’s lives. She was their number one fan, never missing any of their concerts, athletic events or any other activity that they were involved in.Her other passion was caring for animals. She nurtured and cared for the many dogs that she had over the years and would also feed and care for stray cats, chipmunks, birds, and even an occasional possum or raccoon. She loved her animals!
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Jack who passed away in 2004. She was also preceded by her parents, Joseph and Violet Kurnik, her brothers Joe and Barry Kurnik and a son, Andrew.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Joseph (Abby) of Calcutta, OH. , John (Bene) of Stockdale, PAand daughters, Kathryn (Chris) Martens of Westlake, OH., and Ruthann (Ted) Rodgers of Belle Vernon, PA. Additionally she is survived by 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Eileen was an inspiration to all who knew her. She never gave up right to the end. Her motto was “to always brighten the corner where you are.”
A private celebration of Eileen’s life was held with Pastor Eric Edwards of St. John Lutheran Church officiating at the Martin Chapel of Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists in Calcutta, Ohio. She was laid to rest at Mon Valley Memorial Park in Donora, Pennsylvania.