Eileen (Kirwan) Markel, 80, of Wexford, PA passed away peacefully
November 2, 2017, in the home she shared with her son and daughter in law. A long-time resident of Carlisle
PA, Eileen was born in Portlaw, County Waterford Ireland to the late Edward Kirwan and Helen Nolan Kirwan. She
was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of 48 years, Gene A. Markel, son, Kevin H Markel, grandson, Sean K
Markel, sisters; Essie O’Shea and Nora Malone and brother, Paddy Kirwan.
is survived by her adoring family; son, Barry E. Markel and his wife Michelle, of Wexford PA, daughter in law, Nina Markel
of Carlisle, PA, grandchildren; Jason (Kaitlyn) Markel, Kelly (Nate) Markel, Kimberly (Pete) Masarik, Jordan Grega, Conner
Markel, great grandchildren; Colin and Adeline Masarik, as well as sister, Julie Foley, brother, David Kirwan, both of London
England and many nieces and nephews.
being married in Ireland, Eileen emigrated to the United States in 1956 and became a naturalized US citizen. She
moved to Carlisle in 1967 after her husband joined the staff at the US Army War College, living a happy and fulfilling life
in the town she would proudly come to call home. Her life centered around her family, her friends and her church, St John’s
Episcopal on the Square; where she developed countless lifelong friendships that endured until the day she joined God’s
eternal kingdom. Always beautiful and impeccably dressed, Eileen had great wit and intelligence, matched
by an easy charm and grace. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know and love
Memorial service arrangements are pending.
Eileen will be inurned in the St. John’s Episcopal Church Columbarium, Carlisle. Memorial
donations may be made in Eileen’s name to St John’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 612, Carlisle, PA 17013. www.Since1853.com.
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to Eileen's family. A very lovely lady.
I knew Eileen for many years through
St. John's Church. She was a lovely, gracious, warm person. I am glad my life intersected with hers.
Jean (Booth) Rankin, now of MA
Dearest Markel Family, We so loved and
enjoyed Eileen. Her devotion to all of you is remarkable and something to be admired. We can see Eileen and Gene
listening and dancing to big band music.
Connie and George Allport
To the Gumby
I shall surely miss going out to see her and her wonderful SMILE. Her face lit up when we would talk about
picked a FLOWER for his GARDEN.
Sis. Mary Lee Scott and Family
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