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Obituary: Eileen C. (Rourke) Golden, 76

Mar 16, 2017 11:07AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Eileen C. (Rourke) Golden

Eileen C. (Rourke) Golden, 76, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died Saturday evening, March 11th at Lowell General Hospital – Main Campus with her loving family by her side.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 28, 1940, a daughter of the late Stephen L. Rourke, Sr. and the late Lillian T. (Cox) Rourke, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall in the Class of 1958. Eager to further her education, she then went on to earn her certificate in radiology from Northeastern University in Boston.

Before retiring, Eileen was employed as an X-Ray Technician at the former St. John’s Hospital in Lowell for over 40 years. Following retirement, she was a Volunteer Coordinator at the Lowell Senior Center.

Among her many interests, Eileen enjoyed dancing and loved the beach. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and loved listening to Irish music. She was also a member and former president of the East End Club Ladies Auxiliary and an avid New England Patriots fan.    Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time that she could spend with her children and grandchildren.

In honor of the “High Holiday” on Friday and in the spirit of Eileen’s life, the Golden family invites anyone who stops by to dress as they usually would on March 17th. No formality is required.    

Mrs. Golden is survived by two daughters Karen A. Golden of Dracut, MA and Eileen K. “Lee” Trott and her husband Kenneth C., Jr. of Lowell; a son Thomas A. “Tipa” Golden, Jr. and his wife Joane (Sheehan) of Lowell; four grandchildren Kenneth C. Trott, III, Sean T. Trott, Abigail M. Golden and Lillian T. Golden; a sister Mary E. “Betty” Rourke of Lowell; two brothers Stephen L. Rourke, Jr. and his wife Mary Jo (Mayo) of Lowell and S. Christopher Rourke and his wife Nancy (Treadwell) of Lowell; two sisters-in-law Claire M. (Hubert) Rourke of Dracut and Maureen (Buckley)  Golden of Pelham, NH; her very dear friend Sharon Close and her husband Ron of Dracut, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also mother of the late Mary Beth Golden, sister of the late Andrew S. Rourke and former wife of the late Thomas A. Golden, Sr.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) followed by her committal prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery. 

Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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