Eileen Walsh Cronin of Vineyard Haven died peacefully and faithfully on Dec. 16, 2018, after a rich and full life. She leaves a legacy to her family of love and devotion to her husband, her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her nieces and nephews, her friends, her church, and her community. She grew up in Melrose, raised her family in Wakefield, and spent her golden years on Martha’s Vineyard with her daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Ted Desrosiers, and their family.
She was a woman of deep faith and an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Melrose, St. Joseph’s Church in Wakefield, and St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. She was preceded in death by her husband John E. Cronin, her parents, Michael Joseph Walsh and Margaret O’Neill Walsh, her sisters Margaret Millerick and Phyllis Martin, her brothers Bernard Walsh and Philip Walsh, and her grandson Daniel Cronin Pagnano. She leaves her children Mary Cronin Pagnano and Daniel Pagnano, John E. Cronin Jr., Kate Cronin Desrosiers, and Ted Desrosiers, and Richard Cronin and Catherine Quade, nine adoring grandchildren, and two great-grandsons, with one more on the way. In addition, she leaves many close Island friends and her dear support team from Meals on Wheels, Greater Boston Healthcare, and Vineyard Village at Home.
She will be remembered for her love for and pride in her family, her tenacious faith in God, her commitment to those in need, and her delight in a round of golf, a foursome for bridge, and a good bargain. A funeral Mass is planned for 11 am, Jan. 26, 2019, at St. Augustine’s Church, Vineyard Haven. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in her memory to Vineyard Village at Home, P.O. Box 1356, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, which allowed Eileen to maintain her independence with love and compassion.