Eileen (Moran) Ossen, 67, of Mansfield Center, passed away peacefully at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Facing her battle with Interstitial Lung Disease courageously, she knew and understood that she was loved.
Eileen was born in Willimantic on July 28, 1954, one of six children to the late Edward and Catherine (Bombria) Moran. She resided most of her life in the greater Windham area and graduated from Windham High School. Eileen was very active in organized sports when she was in school. She continued to be active and loved to travel, including to Singer Island, FL on a regular basis. Eileen enjoyed playing tennis and especially playing cards with her family. One of her greatest achievements was participating in the pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) in Portugal and Spain.
Eileen was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. She and Jeff cared deeply about helping people and supporting their community. Their philanthropy helped to develop the Jeffrey P. Ossen Foundation, which is dedicated to fulfilling dreams and achieving heights by enrichment of the mind, body and spirit. This is achieved through the support of cultural arts, education and healthcare issues. The foundation has served and continues to serve individuals and charitable organizations in the Windam County area.
Eileen was predeceased by her husband Jeffrey P. Ossen and her sister Ellen Noheimer. She is survived by two sisters, Linda Adams and Susan Goettlich, two brothers, Edward Moran and Robert Moran, daughter Sara Ann Jakub and her husband Ryan, son Eric Godere and his wife Doris. Eileen, who was also known as Grammy and Auntie Reen, leaves to cherish her loving memory her six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Calling hours will be Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. Willimantic. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 99 Jackson St. Willimantic, on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., with burial to follow at Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery in Mansfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Jeffrey P. Ossen Foundation https://www.jeffreypossen.org/.
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