Helen Eileene Kuno

Madison - Helen Eileene (Farrell) Kuno, age 94, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 28, 2018 at Brookdale Madison West Senior Living Center.

She was born on September 11, 1924 in Oswego, New York to Helen and Austin Farrell. She graduated from the Oswego State Teachers College with a degree in elementary education. After a year of teaching first and second grade in Jacksonville, Florida, she returned to New York and taught in Ithaca, NY. On August 16, 1952 Eileene married the love of her life, Joseph Kuno. 

The couple moved to Wisconsin in 1953 where Joe worked for the National Gypsum Company and later became an investment broker in Madison. They raised four daughters while Eileene worked at Lowell Hall Center and later as a librarian for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

She and Joe were both very active in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and School, Edgewood Campus School and Edgewood High School. Eileene loved reading, especially British literature and historical fiction. She had a sensible, even temperament and a wry sense of humor that endeared her to all who knew her. Most importantly Eileene loved spending time with her family and was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who will be truly missed.

Eileene is survived by her daughters Kathleen Kuno, Laurie (Jeff) Derus, Tracy (Greg) Ihm, and Erin (Tod) Lacey. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Sarah (David) Reinelt, Lindsay (Brent Woodmansee) Derus , Ryan (Evann) Derus, Katelyn Derus, Brandon (Jade) Ihm, Austin Lacey, Mitchell Lacey and Ellorie Lacey along with six great-grandchildren: Easton and Breccon Ihm, Aubrey and David Reinelt, Harper and Sloan Woodmansee, and one more expected to arrive in May. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Ellen (Dick) Pasternak, Baldwinsville, NY; nephew Eric (Amee) Farrell of Pennsylvania; and niece Julie (Lou) Migliore of Delaware; along with numerous other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe; a son John; her parents; three brothers, Donald, Louis and Lawrence; and other relatives. 

The family wishes to thank the angels at Brookdale and the Purple Team from Agrace Hospice for the compassionate and loving care they all provided for the last years of Eileene's life.

A private Mass of Christian burial for Eileene will be held on Saturday November 10. 2018 at 11 a.m. at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 405 S. Owen Drive, Madison. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Agrace Hospice (made out to Agrace Foundation, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711) or to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Endowment Fund (405 S. Owen Drive, Madison, WI, 53711) would be greatly appreciated. 

We'll miss you Nana.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road
Madison, WI

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