Eileen Shirley Cromie
Saranac – Eileen Shirley Cromie, (two weeks shy of her 90th birthday) died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh. Although she lived in many places, (Dannemora, Saranac, Bradenton, Florida, Beekman Towers, and Pine Harbour, Plattsburgh), she always has and will live in the hearts of those who knew her. A friend shared this morning saying that 'she was a rare soul whose light and love were felt by all who were blessed to know her'.
She was born in Plattsburgh, June 27, 1927, the daughter of Eugene and Mildred (Rock) Chaput. She grew up in Plattsburgh and really did walk those two miles to school everyday. School gave her an immense love for reading which she happily shared with her children and grandchildren.
She met her husband, William Cromie, on a blind date in February, and married him three months later, on May 8, 1948. They lived a full life together. Shirley opened her heart, home, and hands to others, with every holiday and celebration a time for gatherings of family and friends. She loved people and generously gave of herself. Her husband, Bill, predeceased her on September 25, 2003.
Eileen and her husband owned and operated Cromie's Grocery in Saranac for many years in addition to Bill's job as a CO. They also operated Teen Town for several years to provide a place for their teenagers and young people to enjoy live bands and dancing on weekends.
She gladly welcomed her children's spouses into the family fold and her grandchildren were an added special blessing. She enjoyed every moment with them; teaching them to sew toy animals, create landscape paintings, and bake apple pies. 'Meme' was always happy when she could share her love of animals with her grandchildren as well. On her 75th birthday, some of her grandchildren took her to the CVPH Hospital Pond for a picnic, in remembrance of all those times she had taken them as young children to feed the animals there.
While Eileen developed Dementia in her later years which affected her speech, she never lost the ability to say 'I love you' and 'God Bless'. Her love and Faith were shining lights for her family and gave us all comfort.
Left to cherish the memory of Eileen are, her children, Darlene (Roger) Long, Dawn (Kenneth) Banker, Donna (Armand "Chip") Fontaine, and William Jr. (Rajh) Cromie; grandchildren, Rosemary (Jim) Manchester, Roger (Carrie) Long, Alison (Derek) Rosenbaum, Kimberly (Earl) Jefferson, Rebecca (Duane) Godfrey, Lori (David) Marbut, David (Emily) Fontaine, Renee (Jason) Merilic, Jennifer Rew, William III (Alyssa) Cromie, Adam (Molly) Cromie, and Adam Martin, and Aaron Martin; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Raida Chaput; and sister and brother-in-law, Genevieve and Donald LaValley.
The family wishes to thank all those who helped care for Eileen during her hospital stays, and during her time at Pine Harbour and Meadowbrook Healthcare. She would regularly tell the staff that she loved them too, and greatly appreciated their caring assistance.
Visitation and funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be private in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Peru.
Donations in her memory may be made to the ALS Raising Hope Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.