Eileen D. Fewer
April 1, 1947 - September 1, 2023
Eileen passed away after a courageous two and a half year battle with cancer. Loved by everyone she came into contact with, she spent her last week surrounded by her family and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents James G. Terry and Dorothy E. Terry; infant sister Kathleen, brother Michael Terry and wife Carol, and brother Patrick Terry.
Survived by her children Bonnie Martin (husband Tom), Brian Fewer (partner Emma), grandchildren Lauren and Emily, and sister-in-law Louise Terry.
Eileen grew up in North St Paul, the eldest of three children, and graduated from North High School. She was a majorette and had a great group of girlfriends, many of whom she stayed in touch with throughout her life. A drive through North St Paul with Eileen was full of stories of hanging out at Mac's diner, being in parades, and trips to town with her friends.
Her childhood was filled with the joy of two younger brothers, family camping and road trips. She loved visits to the North Shore, to Uncle Parnell and Aunt Helen, and to Grand Marais where her brother Pat and Dad would later own a cabin. When she was 17 the family moved to Gem Lake, and the property was big enough for her to have a horse. Uncle Blaine, who had a horse farm nearby, taught her to ride Highlight around the neighborhood. As she grew older she would drive her girlfriends out to Cumberland, Wisconsin in her GTO where they would all go dancing.
When she started a family she moved to Roseville to raise her children, Bonnie and Brian. Living in an apartment building on McCarron's Street that she fondly nicknamed 'the lonely hearts club' she friended many of the other single moms. They supported each other and babysat each other's kids.
Eileen was a strong and courageous single parent. She made the best of what she had, and Bonnie and Brian never wanted for anything that a two parent household could have provided. If the kids needed clothes or a costume she sewed them. She was a girl scout leader, a cheerleader for all their sporting activities and a willing chauffeur for them and all their friends. She fixed chow mein hotdish, devilled eggs and family dip. Fond memories of drive-in movies, late night trips to White Castle, board games and long games of 500. She always had an idea to keep you busy and encouraged her children, and later her grandchildren with 'why don't you...'.
She had a great fondness for Como Park Zoo and was a lifelong fan of the State Fair, bringing her kids every year, and enjoying the people-watching, the agriculture building and her favorite foot-long hot dog stand. She was loving, supportive and the perfect mom.
Eileen was a hard worker and put herself through school to get an accounting degree at Century college. She worked for more than 20 years for J Thomas athletics and for more than 15 years at Healtheast.
A talented woman, she excelled at crafts: sewing and pattern making, drawing and painting, crocheting and more. She shared these talents with her kids and grandkids. Eileen was a history buff and loved her movie trivia.
Eileen was a beloved "gram" to Lauren and Emily and there was no limit to the love she gave them. She fulfilled a lifelong dream and took them to Disney World, shared her love of old movies and actors, took them to the State Fair and all around the cities. She attended all their concerts, sporting events and dance performances. They filled her life with joy and she did the same for them. She spoiled them with clothes and shopping trips and made every holiday rich.
Eileen fought bravely through her illness, always staying positive and hopeful, even into hospice care. She never complained about her diagnosis, never willing to give up. On September 1st at 12:15PM she passed peacefully with loved ones nearby.
Eileen will be greatly missed by family, friends and co-workers and all who crossed paths with her. She had a heart of gold. She was everyone's Mom and we know that she will be a guardian angel to all that knew her.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 3 PM at Mueller Memorial, 4738 Bald Eagle Ave, White Bear Lake, with visitation from 1 PM until the time of the service.