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Eileen D. (Schild) McCrea

August 7, 1928 ~ April 20, 2020 (age 91)

Obituary

Age 91, of the South Side, formerly of Oakland, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2020. Born on the South Side, Eileen moved to Oakland after her marriage and resided there for 30 years. Early on, raising her family was her priority. She volunteered with the Christian Mothers Organization as a member of St. Regis Church. She was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokols and volunteered in the Cub Scouts. Her home was always full of love, family, fun, food and of course the shout of "NEXT" as she and her playing partner would run the table in a game of "66". The next phase of her life began as a School Crossing Guard for the City of Pittsburgh and then as a clerk with the Bureau of Building Inspection where she devoted 25 years in service to the city. During this time, she moved back to the South Side becoming a member of St. Peter Church in the Prince of Peace Parish where she was a sacristan. Eileen loved to travel in the US and abroad, including to Jamaica, Medjugorje, Bosnia, and Machu Picchu, Peru. She was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, loved the CLO Broadway Series, and never missed a play or concert if one of her grandchildren, or great-grandchildren were performing. After retiring, she volunteered with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council at the Brashear Center, and with the Emmaus Community where she eventually worked as the assistant to the Chief Finance Officer for 22 years. Eileen was the heart and soul of every holiday, lovingly planning, cooking and serving her family of over 30. She will be dearly missed by those whom her heart has touched. Eileen was the daughter of the late William and Anna Schild and the wife of the late Charles. Beloved mother of Chick (Diane), Bill (Sue), Jim (Renee), Ruth (Mickey) Casey and Beth (Ray) Taylor. Beloved grandmother of Nikki McCrea (Skip Bernard), Chuck (Christina) McCrea, Barbara Ann (Paul) Bowser, Michael (Shauna) Casey, Jackie (Donnie) Renk, Elizabeth Casey, Brian Taylor, and Aaron (Joy) Taylor. Also survived by 13 great-grandchildren. Sister of Carol Ann (the late Tom) Wallace, the late Henry Schild, and beloved "Gran" to Mary Ann Wallace. Sister-in-law of Pam (the late Jim) McCrea and the late Geraldine McCrea Bakey, and survived by several nephews, nieces and cousins. Visitation and interment private due to COVID-19 restrictions. A service in the memory of Eileen's life will be announced and held at a later date. Arrangements by Thomas J. Gmiter Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Emmaus Community, 2821 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15203.

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