- Eileen Zipes (née Weiner) of Poughkeepsie, NY died at Vassar Brothers Hospital after a short illness on March 15, 2021. Born on July 1st, 1937 in Manhattan she spent much of her teenage years living in Miami Beach. Eileen was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Mel, and well as her parents and her brother. She is survived by her children: Louis (Tanya), Paul (Lori), Greg (Leila), and Janet. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Benjamin, Anna, Ethan, Zoe, Eli, Samuel and Alexander. In addition, she is survived by her sister Roberta Strenka (Michael).
After attending Miami Beach High School and graduating in only three years from the University of Florida, Eileen drove her Nash Metropolitan up to Manhattan to work as a teacher. It was here in 1960 she met Mel whom she would marry in 1961 and be together with until his death in 2018. One girl and three boys quickly followed their marriage and after first living in New Jersey, Eileen and Mel settled in Wappingers Falls to raise their children. Eileen enjoyed a long teaching career in the Wappingers School District as both an elementary and junior high teacher. She was often recognized by her former students when she was out in the community. While juggling teaching, raising children and being active in the Temple Beth-El community, Eileen graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Masters Degree in Education. She was a great fan of music and enjoyed playing piano as well as listening to recordings of her favorite musicals. When not traveling or attending educational programs with Mel, she enjoyed outings with her fellow retired teachers as well as taking chances in various casinos in the tri-state area. She had many great friends and the family is appreciative of the companionship and support they provided over the years.
A private grave-side funeral Service was held on Wednesday, March 17th at the family plot at Temple Beth-El Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of The William G. Miller and Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. The family hopes to greet all friends and family in the future when conditions are safe for us to be all together under one roof.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family members are welcome to make a donation to Autism Speaks, Temple Beth-El or the charity of your choice.