Eileen C Fatzler (née Barrett), 89, of Largo FL, passed away peacefully on Sunday May 31. Her husband, Fred, was by her side in their home.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Frederick Fatzler of Largo FL; son, Frederick Fatzler and his wife Cathy of Williamsburg VA; son, William Fatzler and his wife Rosa of Verona NJ; daughter, Patricia DiBiase and her husband David of Toms River NJ; grandchildren, Anthony, Michael, Christine, and Katelyn; and great-grandchildren; Isabella, Lorenzo, Jordan, and Skye. She is preceded in death by her brother, Frank Barrett of Toms River NJ.
Eileen was born on November 8, 1930 in Newark NJ to Frank and Marie Barrett. She graduated from Weequahic High School in 1947. She married Fred, an MP in the Army at the time, in 1951. After moving to Maplewood NJ, Eileen worked for H Boker & Co as a bookkeeper and later for Paul B Williams, also as a bookkeeper.
Her greatest focus in life was her family. Above all else, she was devoted to her husband of 68 years, who was her rock. Her children remember her as a warm, loving mother who instilled a good work ethic and pushed them to be their best. Her grandchildren fondly recall the unconditional love and support she always showed them.
Eileen was a fun-loving individual who was passionate about antique cars. She was an active and dedicated member of the Antique Automobile Club of America NJ Region for many years and attended weekly car shows with her husband, both judging and participating in the events. Later in life, Eileen and her husband helped found a new antique car club, the Tampa Bay Cruisers. Eileen was an avid bowler and was involved in bowling leagues for most of her life. She also had a love for reading, traveling, and making people smile. Her family and friends will always remember her as a generous, caring person.
A public wake (following social distancing procedures) will be held on Friday June 5 at Higgins Home for Funerals in Watchung from 10-12, followed by a service from 12-12:30. It will also be live-streamed due to COVID-19.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Eileen’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400 McLean, VA 22102 https://alz.org/