We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Powell Funeral Directors
Eileen O’Brien Wenstrup, age 88, passed away peacefully on September 2 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Cincinnati, OH to the late Patrick and Veronica O’Brien. She attended Ursuline Academy followed by Edgecliff College, graduating in 1956 with a degree in Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude. Shortly after graduation, she married her 8th grade sweetheart, H. Daniel Wenstrup, and one of the world’s most epic love stories began. Their first stop was Ft. Bliss, TX for Dan’s service in the Army followed by a transfer to a Nike Site in Southfield, MI. There they started their great masterpiece - their family. Dan’s career brought them home to Cincinnati, back to the suburbs of Detroit, MI, and then finally to Hinsdale, IL.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Patricia Cunningham. She is survived by “her Danny,” and her six children and their spouses, Gary (Abby), Julie (Dan) Brady, Patrick (Kathleen), Kevin (Peggy), Katy (Matt) Jungels, and Gregory (Megan). She was the proud Mimi to Samuel, Alexander, Daniel, Courtney (Brad) Spencer, Timothy (Tori) Brady, Sean (Kristen) Brady, Colleen (Luke) Small, Claire (Jeff) Hunt, Maggie, Jack, Max, Lucille, Patrick, and Lily, and the great-Mimi to Hugh, Kate, Rory, Connor, Nolan, and Everett, with another on the way. She is also survived by her sister, Maureen Denges of Granby, CT.
Eileen led with dignity, generosity and love. Her elegant style - whether at a grandchild’s sporting event, a golf outing, a black-tie dinner, or simply breakfast at home - was a hallmark, fortified by her love of shopping. But what lay just under the surface of her beautiful, polished exterior was her intelligence and her competitive streak. Eileen was known as a formidable Bridge opponent, a Rummikub whiz, and a Scrabble master. She enjoyed the game of golf but probably relished the post-golf social festivities, including planning and organizing them, most of all. To her family she was known as Wife, Mom, Mimi. Those are the only titles she ever sought, and she was one of the greatest of all time.
A funeral mass will take place on Saturday, September 10 at St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 412 S. Clay St., Hinsdale, IL, at 10 AM. The mass will be live streamed at www.sij.net. In lieu of flowers, the family requests making a donation to Eileen’s alma mater, Ursuline Academy, 5535 Pfeiffer Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45242.