Eileen Orlet

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Eileen Murphy Orlet, our wild Irish rose, passed away on the first day of spring, March 19, 2024, at the age of 93. Mom was born on December 20, 1930, in East St. Louis, IL, to loving parents, Thomas and Lorene Murphy. She was the older sister of Tom and Robert “Jerry” Murphy.

Eileen attended Holy Angels Grade School and graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville. She attended Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, KS. As a young woman, she worked at the Illinois Stockyards in East St. Louis where she made lifelong friends. Mom loved her people and playing cards. Even into her later years, it was hard to beat Mom at euchre, bridge, or rummy.

On June 27, 1953, Eileen married the love of her life, E. Andrew Orlet at Holy Angels Church in East St. Louis. Andy and Eileen shared 57 years of marriage and together built a loving home. He preceded her in death in 2010.

Mom and Dad raised their family among friends on Fairview Circle. Many Sundays were spent barbecuing pork steaks and singing songs with our favorite neighbors, the Hasenstab’s.

Mom lovingly prepared dinner for twelve every night. Sitting down at the long dining room table was the best time of our day. She kept ten children fed, clothed, and in good spirits while Dad built a business. Mom made home a haven and holidays magic. We enjoyed at least twelve kinds of cookies every Christmas. She especially enjoyed family St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The most important things in both Mom and Dad’s lives were faith and family.

As a mother, Eileen was a source of endless love, guidance, and encouragement to her children, Kathy, Terri, Julie, Danny, Christy, Tommy (her favorite), David, Renee, Bryan, and Jimmy. She relished being at the center of the merriment and chaos created by her large, gregarious family.

In addition to her husband, Eileen was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas; her sisters-in-law, Joanne Murphy, Janet Murphy, Mary Orlet Lennens, and Joan Orlet; and her brothers-in-law, the Reverend Raymond Orlet, Bill Orlet, and Harvey Lennens.

She is survived by her brother, Jerry Murphy; a brother-in-law, Joseph Orlet, her ten children, Kate (Mark) Schuering, Terri (John) Vargo, Julie Orlet, Daniel (Sharon McMullen) Orlet, Christine Orlet, Thomas (Veronique) Orlet, David (Jayne) Orlet, Renee (Steve) Comerford, Bryan Orlet, and James (Lisa) Orlet; 33 cherished grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Parish, Althoff Catholic High School, or Quincy University. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2024, at St. Mary Church, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at the church.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at St. Mary Church, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


26 Comments on Eileen Orlet

Ed and Trish Orlet (Sophie) said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2024 at 7:38 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Eileen’s passing. She was such a lovely lady and had a heart of gold. Thinking of all of you.❤️🧡

  • Raleigh
  • NC
Bruce Rummenie said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2024 at 7:45 PM

I remember the Orlet family coming to my confirmation> I didn't invite them. They knew it was a significant moment. I still reflect on that. I also remember having a conversation with Andy and Eileen - and my girlfriend Christy- about the sanctity of the Eucharist. They didn't talk to prospective beaus, but they talked to me. I still reflect on that, as well.

  • Urbana
  • IL
Kevin Lardie said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2024 at 4:00 PM

It was sad to hear about your mom…she, like the rest of the Orlet clan has always been great to me and my family. I’m sorry that I cannot make it there for support or to help celebrate her life. Thoughts and prayers will be flowing from Cleveland. Love you all, Kevin, Kelly, Maggie and Bridget

  • Cleveland
  • Ohio
Andy “Ange” Kinsella said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2024 at 12:08 PM

When it comes to human interaction, there are few things more valuable than a smile. In that regard, Eileen Murphy Orlet was a very wealthy woman. That smile, I don’t ever remember seeing her without it. I had the good fortune to visit with her briefly at the Abbey a few weeks ago. While she was certainly not functioning at peak performance, she was able to give me a smile. What a tremendous gift. I will always remember that smile.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ed McRedmond said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 11:31 PM

My sincere condolences to the entire Orlet family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Franklin
  • TN
Dennis Sedlak said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2024 at 4:15 PM

My deepest sympathies to the Orlet Family. Eileen was a person of abounding Grace, kindness and caring. All of that was combined with a warm, welcoming smile and a wonderful sense of humor. If one can judge how well the parents did by their children, then your parents did a remarkable job. And, they are together again for all of eternity. So Journey Well, Eileen. The pleasure of your company was all of ours. Most fondly remembered, Dennis Sedlak St. Louis, MO.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Patricia Sullivan Viniard said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2024 at 11:59 AM

Orlet Family, Deepest condolences to all of you. Your mom was a wonderful woman who led an amazing life—and her greatest legacy is her children and grandchildren! I hope the warm, happy memories bring you comfort. Blessings to all of you! Trish Sullivan Viniard

  • Springfield
  • IL
Jamie (Benear) Nelson said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2024 at 5:59 PM

Terri and all of the Orlet's. I remember the Orlet home so vividly and going there during high school days. Your mom was always so kind. We had fun and I am blessed to have become friends with you so long ago and continue to this day. Carry your mom's spirit and love forward. I know you all will. Hugs 🤗

  • Bartlett
  • TN
Tim Pender said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2024 at 12:49 PM

On behalf of the Pender 15, I would like to offer condolences to the Orlet family. She raised a great family. I always said the nicest people I have met in my life are the Orlet family. God Bless you all.

  • Oak Lawn
  • IL
Barb Van Hauer said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2024 at 11:35 AM

Alice Rice is my mother and her friendship with Eileen was a constant in our mother's life. Sounds like your Mom and Alice also shared their love of cards. Mom's among those welcoming her into heaven. Condolences and prayers to your family.

  • Eden Prairie
  • Minnesota
Gina Prinzavalli said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2024 at 5:19 PM

My deepest condolences to your beautiful family. I never had a chance to meet her, but have heard so much about her and her impact on your family. I am blessed by my friendship with Renee and Julie. You two take after your mother and make everyone around you feel so loved and welcomed. I have been so fortunate to meet many other family members over the last few years. This story of her life is beautiful and evidence of your connection and deep love for her. You all will be in my prayers. Gina

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Shari and Terry Dahm said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2024 at 1:23 PM

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your Mom. Hoping her, Marilyn and my Mom are all up in heaven playing cards ❤️

  • Belleville
  • Il
Vivian Sierra said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2024 at 10:01 AM

My sympathies to the entire family. You were very blessed with her life.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Donna Strong said : Guest Report Mar 24, 2024 at 3:58 PM

Deepest condolences to the Orlet family for your loss. May the Holy Spirit give you strength at this time.

  • Quincy
  • IL
Denis E. Wienhoff said : Guest Report Mar 24, 2024 at 12:39 PM

Eileen passing creates a large hole in a beautifully large and caring family. I always appreciated enjoying Eileen's presence at her family's gatherings. Her presence was always felt. God Bless you Eileen, you always made a meaningful difference.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Pam Dunn said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 6:37 PM

May Eileen's memory always be a blessing. Much love to the entire Orlet family.

  • Ballwin
  • MO
Phyllis (White) Luster said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 4:46 PM

So sorry for your loss, remember those days playing in your basement and having snacks . She was a lovely lady.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Rose and Doyle Wilson said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 2:54 PM

We are so sorry to hear this. Please accept our condolences. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Matthew (Chew) Meade said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 12:37 PM

My sincere condolences to all of you. If the clan of Orlets at QC were an example, she was a special lady indeed. God bless.

  • Lombard
  • Illinois
Jerry ,rick angevine said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 9:59 AM

Condolences go out to the family. It was a joy to know her.

  • Belleville
  • Ill
The Jude Hopper family said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 3:19 PM

What a lovely Irish lady. Prayers of comfort to the Orlet and Murphy families. She is walking the streets paved with gold.

  • Stonefort
  • Il.
Kathryn J Anderson -Winter said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 2:46 PM

Condolences to the entire Orlet family. Your mom was a classy and kind lady. Good old St Mary family!!! 🙏❤️🦋🐦

  • Ofallon
  • IL
Linda said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 12:57 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about Eileen. I remember her and Andy coming to mom and dad's (Margie and Blackie) for various occasions. Bridge club and Progressive party's. She was such a sweet lady. I will always remember her fondly.

  • New Haven
  • Mo
Sally Wondolowski said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 11:09 AM

Dear Family, Please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathy for the passing of your dear mother and grandmother. She was truly one of the nicest and most gentlest souls I ever knew. She always made you feel you were the only one in the room while having a great conversation with her. I will remember her laughter and twinkling eyes the most. Sending all of you hugs filled with love and prayer. 🩷

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Jack Oesterle,Jr.. said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 11:00 AM

I'm so sorry about your sweet Mother! You have my sympathy! She was always so sweet! The children were the best! "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her" Mary & Jack Oesterle,Jr. Kirkwood, Missouri

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Nora Landgraf said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 10:20 AM

I’m so lucky that I can still remember everything and your mom was everything. Love to you all as you celebrate her life.

  • Swansea
  • IL

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