A long-time resident of Fremont, Eileen Colapietro Henry, passed away on May 28, 2018, at the age of ninety-seven.
Born in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, on February 14, 1921, to Raymond and Mayme Dresch, Eileen enjoyed a happy childhood on a farm by the Big Sioux River. In 1943, Eileen moved to Richmond, California, to work as a welder and flanger, building battleships to support the war effort during WWII. It was there she met her husband, John L. Henry, and had four children. They moved to Fremont in 1955, where she was very active at St. Joseph’s Church in Fremont. She worked at the Dominican Convent infirmary and volunteered at Holy Family Convent. She also worked sixteen years at Weibel Winery and retired in 1983. She met Angelo Colapietro in 1984 at St. Joseph’s Church and they married in 1985, enjoying a new blended family.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters (Hazel Hetzel, Lucille Middlen, Luella Eulberg, and Betty Herrera.) She was twice widowed, losing John in 1981 and Angelo in 2009. She will be lovingly remembered by her four children [Carol Wall, Larry (Renee) Henry, Gwen (Carl) Butler, and Terry (Marjorie) Henry] as well as her three stepchildren [Mary Ann Colapietro (Sister Annamarie Therese, SNJM), Anna (Joe) Trechter, and Joe (Kim) Colapietro.] She will also be greatly missed by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, extended family, and dear friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing from 4:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, with a Vigil service at 7:00 P.M. at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA, 94538. The Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 9:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s in the Old Mission San Jose Church, 3300 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA, 94539.
Donations can be made to Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA, 95031, or to the American Cancer Society.