Eileen McAlpine (nee Collins), 90, of Mt. Greenwood, died April 6.

A memorial service will be celebrated at Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in the summer at a date to be announced. Curley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Cory, Scott, MaryClare (John) Patterson, Maureen (Bruce Jones) Stillman, Bill (Norma Borcherding), Laura (Jeanne Kracher) and Matthew (Kathy) McAlpine; her grandchildren, Paul (Monika), David, Kevin, Amalia, Mary Kate, Joe, Maggie and Julia; and her sisters, Carol (Mike) Hughes

and Marion (Tom) Wingo.

McAlpine was an optimist, a joy and shining light to everyone who met her. She was exceedingly intelligent, articulate and a great listener. Her advice was spot on even if people didn’t want to hear it. She loved her children, grandchildren and extended family unconditionally, and she had a wide circle of friends.

McAlpine loved to read and always had a variety of books and newspapers on her coffee table. She was proud of her Irish heritage and overcame her fear of flying to travel with her beloved husband, Conrad. She traveled through life’s ups and downs with her Catholic faith and her two sisters, who she adored and shared countless screaming laughs.

McAlpine worked as a secretary at Quigley High School and at St. Xavier University in the admissions office. She was a volunteer at Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Her love of Queen of Martyrs, where she and Conrad were founding members, was deep. She gave her time selflessly in her retirement by being a reader and volunteering for Queen of Martyrs committees for more than a decade.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Emilie’s Fund, c/o Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., Chicago, IL 60643 or online at

smithvillage.org.