portrait picture for Eileen McGuinness Preston

Wake: Friends may call on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 AM in St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk. Donations: In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 5354 E. 2nd Street, Suite 201, Long Beach, CA 90803.

Eileen McGuinness Preston


August 29, 1923 - August 11, 2016

Eileen McGuinness Preston passed away August 11, 2016 at Lord Chamberlain Manor, Stratford, CT after a long illness. Born in Norwalk, CT August 29, 1923, the daughter of the late James J. and Clara Grumman McGuinness, she was a 1940 graduate of Norwalk High School.

Her first job post-graduation was with Nash Engineering where she met her husband, the late Irving Preston. Widowed in 1965, left with two small children, she went to work for the Norwalk Board of Education where she eventually became the Administrative Assistant to the Head of Teacher Personnel. She retired in 1988 to enjoy grandmotherhood.

She is survived by her family, daughter Paula (Clifford) Hurlburt and son Mark (Jane) Preston and by her two grandsons, Douglas and Jeffrey Hurlburt. Survivors also include her sister-in-law, Merlin McGuinness, her nephews James P., Brian and Matthew McGuinness and her nieces Sheila Sweet and Laura Corbo and their families.

Her children wish to express their gratitude to the aides and nurses at Lord Chamberlain for the great care they took of Eileen throughout her stay.

Friends may call on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 AM in St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 5354 E. 2nd Street, Suite 201, Long Beach, CA 90803.

  1. Paula,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Carrie Larson

    August 12, 2016
    Carrie Larson -
  • Mark and Paula,
    We are all so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. They say it takes a village , and she was a part of ours. She made a difference in all of our lives. We are forever grateful.

    August 12, 2016
    Garrity Family -
  • Dear Mark&Paula,
    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, very sorry.
    SINCERELY/LOVE
    LAURA DAVIS

    August 14, 2016
    Laura Davis -
  • Dear Paula,
    I just returned from a trip to catch up on Norwalk news and am so sorry to see that your mom died. I remember your mom with great fondness, back in those glorious days of Tracey School Life. She always made kids feel loved, what a lovely impact she had. Please know that my prayers and love fly to you, Becky

    August 22, 2016
    Becky Seymour Sweeney -
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