Eileen K. Attanasio (Kientz) passed into eternal life on Monday, May 16, 2011 at St Clare's Hospital in Denville, NJ after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was 72 years old.
Eileen was born in Paterson to Leonard and Agnes Kientz (Caulley) where she lived and was married. After residing in Sanford, FL and Paterson for a short time, she moved to Oak Ridge, in 1967.
Mrs. Attanasio was a retired sales clerk with Macy's and marched in their Thanksgiving Day parades as a balloon handler or a clown. She was an avid bowler and was involved earlier in life playing semi- professional women's basketball and softball. Known for her infectious smile and good nature, Eileen was a loving wife and mother, and adored her husband, children and eight grandchildren. Having a deep love and concern for all people, particularly children, she was loved by all and will be sadly missed.
Eileen is survived by her husband of 52 years, John Attanasio of Oak Ridge, a daughter; Eileen Patricia Attanasio and Chau Nguyen, of Santa Cruz, CA, three sons; Thomas Alan and wife Linda of Branchville, NJ, John Leonard III of Kalispell, MT, and Michael Joseph and wife Elaine of Lake Hopatcong and eight grandchildren; Justin, Nicole, Hunter, Michaela, John IV, Christian, Alexis, and Michael II, a predeceased brother; Leonard Keintz. Sister in law, Frances Keintz of West Paterson, and brother Larry and wife Arlene Keintz of Inverness, Fl.
Friends and family are invited to Goble Funeral Home 22 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871 on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. An 11 AM service will be celebrated Saturday, with burial in Florida National Cemetery at a later to Columbia University ALS Gift fund for research c/o Dr. H. Mitsumoto at The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center, Columbia University, Neurological Institute of NY, 710 West 168th Street, Suite 9-007, New York, NY 10032.