COLUMBUS — Former Conneaut resident, Eileen J. Phillips, age 78, died Wednesday morning, May 15, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio.
She was born July 6, 1934, in Conneaut, and was the daughter of Alex and Martha (Paananen) Kantola. A 1952 graduate of Rowe High School, she married Albert John Phillips on Dec. 10, 1954.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Conneaut Area Historical Society. She enjoyed taking nightly drives to look at the lake, reading traveling, and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Richard) Evans of Moreno Valley, Calif. and Susan (Paul) Barnes of Williamsport, Ohio; her son, Steven Phillips (Shael Lambert) of Girard, Ohio; three brothers, John (Jean) Kantola of Kansas City, Mo., Kenneth (Diane) Kantola of Riverside, Calif. and Robert (Glenda) Kantola of Conneaut; grandchildren, Adam Barnes, Wesley and wife Katie (Chrismer) Barnes, Rachel (Zac) Holmes, Perry Barnes, Jonathan Evans, Harrison Evans and Stanley Phillips; great-grandchildren, Makayla Barnes, Henry Barnes, Eliza Barnes and Paul Barnes; and numerous nieces, nephews and more distant relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years and three days, Albert John Phillips; a brother, Thomas Kantola; and a sister, Doris Tuttle.
Graveside Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 15th, in East Conneaut Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Picnic will take place later that day from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Lower Pavilion in Conneaut Township Park.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312. Envelopes will be available at the MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, Ohio, which has charge of arrangements.
Please sign the guestbook at www.marcyfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.