Eileen
Eileen Elizabeth Carl passed away on the 4th day of July 2008 in Sun City, CA. Born in Highmore, SD, Eileen was 98 when she died. She was an active member and secretary of St. James Catholic Church while we lived in Torrance. Growing up, her parents moved many times around the West. Eileen was the substitute mom—the troop leader for her 9 brothers and sisters, whether they liked it or not. She worked hard and took on lots of responsibility. She also had fun. We heard stories of riding around with her brother Harry in his model T Ford, groupies for Lawrence Welk. Dressed as a Flapper, she loved to dance. Eileen was a legal secretary for several years in Chicago, IL. When Marlon Brando Sr. moved his law practice [and his surly son] to Los Angeles, he brought Mom with him. Willard came too of course, became a Good Humor man, and joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor. She helped her siblings and parents in their gradual move to California. When she had Ron and Cathy, after World War II, she became a homemaker. Having struggled through the Great Depression, she scrimped and saved for the family's future. She also continued working to hold the family together. She enjoyed her gardens. She sewed for family and neighbors and crocheted. She collected and shared the family stories and enjoyed the visits and the get togethers that happened almost weekly. Eileen is survived by Ron Carl, her son, who lives with his children in Tualatin, Oregon, and her daughter Catherine Stevens, who lives in Sun City, California. Her brother Richard J. Van Camp lives in Fernley, Nevada. Her sister Kathryn Dill lives in Porterville, CA, and her sister Edith Joanis lives in Canoga Park, CA. Her 6 other siblings, Harry Van Camp, John Van Camp, Jo Martin, Dorothy Bitney, Charlotte Merkel, and Maxine Watters are also deceased. Eileen also has six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 56years, Willard Louis Carl, and by her great-grandchild, Eric Robert Busha. Interment will follow at Los Angeles National Cemetery in West Los Angeles, CA .

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers for Eileen & Willard and all of the family. The childhood memories are wonderful with all of Grandpa & Grandma VanCamp’s children. Some of the special ones were when we would visit southern CA and stay at the Carl’s house. Eileen always made us feel comfortable and welcome and we always had a good time. We think of her often and remember no matter where she went she was always running into people she new. I guess it was a good thing someone made her get rid of her hot rod. Our prayers to all and thanks to Aunt Eileen for all of the wonderful memories.

  2. It was good to know her when I did. I always knew that she was well loved. The whole family was always around her taking care of her never short of love. Even now I still think of her.

  3. WE LOVED OUR GREAT GRANDMA DEARLY, SHE WILL FOREVER REMAIN IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR HEARTS! I LOVE YOU GREAT GMA!

  4. Thank you, mom, for the boundless loving care and service you gave to Cathy, me and Willard, and to all of your family and friends. By your actions, you taught us so much. May my love become as strong and constant as yours. And thanks to the loving family and friends who were able to come to your memorial, and to those who could not. Your loving example, mom, lives on in our memories, hearts and deeds. We love you. Your loving son, Ron

  5. I never really got to know her well, but was told may stories by my dad about how great, kindhearted, and wonderful she was. I wish that I had a chance to get to know her better. I love you grandma! – Jeffrey Carl

  6. Aunt Eileen was a paragon of virtue and frugality. She set a high standard for us all. It is a shame she departed this earth so near to reaching her 100th birthday. We loved her and enjoyed many childhood experiences with her, Uncle Bill, Ron and Cathy. Elaine and I send all members of her family our sincere sympathies.

  7. I remember visiting with Aunt Eileen a lot when I was a child. I remember her as very hard working and always welcoming. I was amazed at the stories of her still climbing to pick fruit from her trees when most older folks were more sedentary. She introduced me to persimmons and though I wasn’t overly fond of them, she let me know one could make cookies out of them. I think I will always remember her wonderful 90th birthday party and I will miss her.

  8. Aunt Eileen (& Uncle Bill) were my Godparents. Aunt Eileen was very caring. I remember she always kept everyone informed on the “family news” which was great considering how large our family is. She will be missed. Our prayers go out to her family.

  9. May God Bless Aunt Eileen and her family. Our loss is Gods gain. As with my Grandma Charlotte and the rest of our family that has ascended into Heaven our hearts feel broken, yet happy for they have received the greatest reward of all. Love to all

  10. Eileen will be missed, especially by CATHY WHO SACRIFICED her life to care for her, THANK YOU Cathy Eileen made my wedding dress which was very professional

  11. I would like to send my sincere condolences to all of you who are grieving. I have not seen Eileen in many years now, but I am so sad to hear about her passing and I have been recalling the many memories of her coming over to my Mom’s house. She will be missed by all those who loved her. God Bless you all.

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