Eileen Ruth Lewis
October 24, 2020

Funeral Information

October 27 2020 - 11:30 am
Tree of Life Memorial Park, Reid Run Road, Franklin Park, PA

Eileen Ruth Lewis, May 17, 1934 - October 24, 2020 of Brookline, MA, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA. Eileen was born and raised in Pittsburgh and lived in the neighborhoods of the Hill District, Greenfield, and Squirrel Hill, until 2017, when she moved to Brookline, MA to be closer to her sons. Eileen was born in 1934 to Samuel Cohen (“Zadie”) and Ethel (Rubenstein) Cohen (“Bobo”,) both of Pittsburgh. She remained an only child. After attending Fifth Avenue High School, Eileen worked as a bookkeeper until she met her husband, Norman Lewis, at a dance at the YMWHA in Oakland. They were married in September 1953. Four years later, their son Mark was born. Allan was born eleven months later. Eileen was a devoted wife and mother. While her children were growing up, she was active in various organizations, and enjoyed playing mahjong with friends. Eileen did not learn to drive a car until around age 40. After her two boys went to college, she began working again. She had a long career at Jewish Family and Community Services, which was like a second family to her. She kept working there into her early 60s. Eileen also liked sports. In the 1960s and 70s, she regularly watched Studio Wrestling, and was a big fan of the professional teams, particularly the Steelers. She rooted for the Boston teams after moving there, especially the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics. Her loyalties were torn when the Steelers played the Patriots. Eileen watched golf on TV, despite having never played it. While living in Squirrel Hill, she walked many places and exercised at the JCC. Music was a big part of Eileen’s life. She played the violin some as a youngster. She loved classic Broadway musicals. She used to go on bus trips to New York City to see Broadway shows. After retiring, Eileen sang in a chorus that performed at senior residences. In her 3+ years in the Boston area, Eileen made friends with many at her wonderful apartment building run by Center Communities of Brookline. Eileen was predeceased by her husband Norman Lewis, Norman’s many siblings and their spouses, her parents, her uncle and aunt, Joseph and Mildred Rubenstein, and by many of her friends. She is survived by her sons Mark Lewis of Boston, MA (and Stella Bondar) and Allan Lewis of Newton, MA (and Susan Weiner), her grandson Brian Lewis of Providence, RI (and Anne Lewis), and many cousins in Pittsburgh. Graveside Services and Interment will be held on Tuesday at 11:30 am at Tree of Life Memorial Park. Donations in Eileen's memory should be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, Hebrew Senior Life of Boston, MA, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated.  www.schugar.com


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My aunt was my favorite out of many I was there when she dated my uncle Norman he was so excited when he took her out. They were a perfect match I was the flower boy at there wedding. She alway treated my mother with love unlike my other relatives so was so beautiful I really loved her very much she made two good boys I remember when they were born how happy she was I’m proud of the was they cared for her in her later life There father would be proud also. I shall pray for her daily God bless her 🎅🏻🙏❤️❤️❤️✝️😢

By Jeff Lewis - October 29, 2020

I'm sorry, Mark. I wish I could visit with you. My heart goes out to you and your son and everyone else. You were a great son!!! A role model for all of us. Love, Gary

By Gary Eddey - October 26, 2020

Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Eileen was a wonderful person and valued friend. Our condolences, Marilyn and Gary Friedman

By Marilyn and Gary Friedman - October 26, 2020

We send our love and sympathy to the entire Lewis family. We feel so blessed to have know Eileen and treasure our fond memories. She loved her family dearly and her memory will be a treasure to all

By Elena and Perry Kamel - October 26, 2020

So sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. What a lovely woman. I worked with her for a brief time in the 1990’s at JFCS. Always admired her energy, diligence and kindness. May her memory be for a blessing. Vivian Lawsky

By Vivian Lawsky - October 25, 2020