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Eileen Margaret Aitken

September 3, 1929 ~ October 8, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Eileen Aitken Obituary

Eileen Margaret (Kelley) Aitken passed away on October 8, 2023, at Avery Heights. She was born in Brooklyn, NY to Sarah (Fanning) and Charles Kelley on September 3, 1929. Eileen was the third of seven children and the first girl. She attended New York City Public Schools.

On June 25, 1949, she married James Aitken and they travelled to California where he began his Army service. After that they settled in Brooklyn NY. Eileen started her career as a bookkeeper, was a key punch operator and retired from Hartford Hospital as a Computer Programmer.

She was a fabulous seamstress and cook. She could replicate a dish she had in a restaurant (although sometimes it took multiple trials). Her family never knew what was coming each night for dinner because she liked trying new recipes.   She made many of her own clothes and household items such as drapes. She was happiest when roaming a fabric or kitchen gadget store for hours. Eileen’s love of travel took her to across the U.S. several times and to Canada, Ireland, and Alaska.

She was very proud of her Irish heritage. At family reunions her “Irish Lasagna” was always a hit.

Eileen is survived by daughters Kathy Kester (Conard) of Texas, Karen Spotts of Cromwell Connecticut, and Joan Aitken of North Carolina. She is also survived by a sister Kay Goldstein of Florida and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband James and beloved grandson Timothy and siblings Richard, Charlie, Frances, Billy, and Gene.

The family would like to thank the staff of Station 2 at Avery Heights. They were compassionate, respectful, and kind in mom’s last weeks.

There will be no calling hours and the burial will be private. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Cat Tales Inc PO Box 901 Middletown CT 06457.  Cromwell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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