Eileen Marie (Forhan) Lapinski (July 20, 1920 - May 12, 2015)
Friday, June 12, 2015 3:03 PM
Eileen Marie (Forhan) Lapinski, a resident of Seattle for over 90 years, passed away peacefully after a short illness on May 12, 2015. Her parents emigrated from the Dingle Peninsula in Western Ireland just after the turn of the last century. After meeting and marrying on the East coast, they gradually moved West in search of a better life. During their odyssey, Eileen was born in Butte, Montana on July 20, 1920, the oldest of the five Forhan girls (Kathleen “Tot” (Corr); Peggy (Carey), Patsy (Taft), and Bonnie (Vaughan), all of whom she survived.
Eileen married the love of her life, Stanley Lapinski in 1942 and enjoyed his warmth and companionship until his death in 1995. They raised their family in Magnolia where she lived for over sixty years.
Eileen graduated from Immaculate High School in 1938 and earned her Teaching Certificate from Western Washington College of Education in 1941. She initially taught elementary school in the Highline School District, but for most of her teaching career she taught second grade at Magnolia Elementary School. Having “Mrs. Lapinski” as a teacher ensured that a student would get a solid foundation in reading and writing and would be able to carry a number for the rest of their lives.
Eileen is survived by her daughters, Laurie (Cole) and her husband Mike, and Lisa (Sever) and her husband Rick; grandchildren, Mckenna, Owen and Aidan Cole; and many nephews and nieces. Eileen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service celebrating Eileen’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Magnolia, 3218 W. Barrett St., Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Norse Home, 5311 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103, or the charity of your choice.