always wanted to be a nurse,” Eileen said to me.
some people actually call me Cherry Ames. Do you remember those books,” she
dream of becoming a nurse was a vision that was part of her life for years. She
dreamed about it and prayed that she would be able to fulfill her life ambition.
vision became a reality. Eileen graduated from St. Vincent’s Hospital School
of Nursing in
has worked as a registered nurse for the past 40 years. Her initial start at
moved onto a more prestigious position in the Emergency Room (ER) of
was there she met Paul Holmes, who was a Correction Officer at the Nassau County
Correctional Facility that is adjacent to the hospital.
was a transportation specialist…he would escort prisoners from the jail to the
ER at the hospital.
and Eileen dated for awhile, and then they were married…and have been for 36
left the ER when I got married and worked as a Private Duty Nurse, Industrial
my youngest started school, I became a school nurse at
stayed at the high school in
retired in 2000 from the school district but was not really ready to retire from
nursing,” Eileen said.
I went to work at the
least that was my intention,” she said.
months later I was asked to work for the NYS Health Department, doing surveys at
am retired but I love nursing, so I work two days a week. It keeps me up to date
on what is happening in my chosen profession.”
did her share of “MOM” activities over the past 35 years.
has been a Brownie Leader, a Den Mother, a Youth Counselor, a Cafeteria
Volunteer and Class Mother.
is involved in arts and crafts as a hobby and traveling in a 36 foot motor home
that Paul and Eileen bought after his retirement as a Lieutenant at the
the past several years, Eileen has reacquainted herself with classmates she did
not know very well while at Hicksville High.
said, “Paul and I joined a model railroad club (LIGRS) and it was there I met
Barbara (Skuza) Poppe.”
we joined a Camping Club,” Eileen recounted, “and we met Richard
is a small world,” Eileen suggests.
you know what it’s like to have a lifetime friend,” Eileen said to me?
do have one and know the meaning, but Eileen expressed it best.
have maintained a life long friendship (since 3rd grade) with a
fellow classmate…and I will forever be grateful for this friendship…thank
you Janet (Emery) O’Connor.”