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Mary Eileen (Bonoma) Hillanbrand

Died: Sat., Jan. 30, 2021


10:00 AM Fri., Feb. 05, 2021
Location: St. Edmond Church

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Feb. 05, 2021
Location: St. Edmond Church


Fri., Feb. 05, 2021
Location: West Laurel Hill Cemetery

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Mary Eileen Hillanbrand 

(Nee Bonoma) on January 30, 2021. Wife of the late Aloysius. Beloved mother of Kimberly Ann Miller (Matthew) and Samuel Hillanbrand (Nancy P).  Loving grandmother of Chas and Brett Miller and Sam and Lauren Hillanbrand. Eileen was the organist and choir director for 41 years at St. Edmond Church.  She will be sadly missed by her St. Edmond family. There will be a viewing Friday February 5 at 10AM St. Edmond Church 21st Street and Snyder Ave., Phila, PA followed by Funeral Mass at 11AM. Interment West Laurel Hill Cemetery Bala Cynwyd, PA.

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Fr. Francis
   Posted Tue February 02, 2021
Eileen, so many happy, joyful, and fun filled memories of life at St. Edmond. Life everyday found the whole gang in the kitchen with the chairman of the board, Joe Ruffenach. And then there was the choir trip to Rome. You and the other crowd of crazies taking over the bar every night singing up a storm. I do believe we all meet again in the glory of God to share, to laugh, and to remember those wonderful days of Camelot on 21st Street. I pray, Bob, JR, Joe Prez, Henry, and Cathy welcome you. I look forward to someday maybe sooner or later joining you to remember and to live again those special times we enjoyed together. Rest In Peace dear friend. Father Francis

Christian M. DeJohn
   Posted Tue February 02, 2021
To sum up how loved Mrs. H is- my wife was criticizing the covid restrictions on funeral attendance and I said, why couldn't people take turns, wait in line and go in ten at a time, let's say? My wife asked, "You mean, wait outside in the cold and snow?"

My gut reaction was, "To show their love and respect for Mrs. H, if we could, half the LaSalle College HS Class of 1987 would line up in the snow and cold, happily, cheerfully, and nobody would complain- we'd tell funny stories of how she was a second mom to half our class."

That sums up how loved and respected Mrs. H is, not just by her immediate family, but by her LaSalle family and friends who she impacted by her love, concern, motherly advice, and sense of humor.

Rosemary stout
   Posted Thu February 04, 2021
My dear Eileen. How do we ever capture the times we had together both happy and sad. It was never “are we going out” but where are we going today. Our times at LaSalle were unforgettable as well as my trips with you to South Philly either to St. Edmunds or to the food center at 4 A.M. to buy shrimp for Christmas. You were my sister from another mother and I will truly miss you as I do Nana and Al. We can’t even count the fun Ken and I had with you and some stories unrepeatable!!! You were there for all of us when any need arose. Rest In Peace my special friend. ❤️ Rosemary

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