Eleanor Quirk Uihlein, 79, of Benedict Drive, North Haven passed away peacefully at her home on January 12, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Thomas and Sarah Elizabeth Schultz Quirk and beloved wife of the late Frederick Hau Uihlein, Sr. She was born on January 3, 1933 in New Haven. Eleanor attended St. John the Baptist School and graduated from Hillhouse High School. After high school, she worked at United Illuminating (UI) where she met her husband, Fred. During their 49 years of marriage, they raised six children, enjoyed traveling and spending their summers at Mansfield Grove in East Haven. She was a devout Catholic who was active in the community and had a kind, caring and giving heart, helping many people. Upon retiring, she spent her time with her devoted husband, who she now joins in heaven. She is survived by her brother, Joseph Thomas Quirk (Joan) of New Haven; six children, Mark Uihlein of Seattle, WA, Kurt Uihlein and his wife Lisa of Killingworth, Mary Cruz and her husband Andres of North Haven, Kathy Berera and her husband Jon of Torrington, Ellen Hurlburt and her husband Ron of Clinton and Frederick Uihlein Jr. and his wife Kerianne of Hamden; her ten grandchildren, Jennifer Acquino, Andrea Markavich, Brian & Christopher Dube, Michael, Ben & Nick Uihlein, Megan Cruz, Joshua & Lyssa Hurlburt; and her five great-grandchildren, Felicia & Michael Acquino, Jr., Kaylee & Lilyana Markavich and Jonathan Lanzetti-Uihlein; along with many nieces and nephews. Her children would like to thank all those who helped care for her, particularly her good friends, Jim Broker and Libby Wamser, her caregiver of several years, Edith Kubuafor and Hospice Home Care. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Tuesday, January 17th at 9:15 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Baptist Church, New Haven, at 10:00 A.M. Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Friends may visit with her family on Monday evening from 4 to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eleanor's memory may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, 659 Tower Ave 1st floor, Hartford, CT 06112.

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  1. Mark, Kurt, Mary, Kathy, Ellen, Rick and all. As sorry as I am for your loss, I think your mother had suffered enough and is in a better place. I know her health has been very difficult on you all for many years. I am lucky to have known her and spend so many summers living next to her at Mansfield Grove. Every year at the cottage she would paint some part of the cottage and not get a drop on her. I have never figured out how she did that. I was always impressed. Even with the six of you, she always made time for a visit from me and my children. I will always remember her as a kind and gentle person. Jennifer, this is for you and your family also. With Sincere Sympathy, Janet Norback

  2. My deepest sympathy and prayers to you all. Like a pearl in an oyster… .Every life leaves something beautiful behind.. May you all find comfort with this warm loving message, God has yet another lovely Angel in Heaven.

  3. My condolences to her family with many fond childhood memories of her kindness and selflessness .May she rest in Peace.

  4. My deepest sympathy to your entire family on the death of Eleanor. I have many fond memories of her and I want to assure you of my prayers during this time of sorrow. May she know God’s eternal peace and light. Sincerely, Mary Joy Walsh

  5. So long to my Irish Eyes. I didn’t know her when her body was whole , yet I can still picture her running all over heaven and smiling that mischevious smile of hers! I wish peace and good memories to all her family and friends at this difficult time.

  6. Uihlein Family Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mom. I have many good memories of her growing up and she was a special part of my Dad’s and my family’s life for many years.

  7. To the Uihlein Family, I will always remember being in awe of your mom when I first came to the Grove. I remember her coming to the beach with all of you and alway with a smile on her face. I am so sorry for your loss but if it’s any comfort she is back with your Dad and will be watching over all of you.

  8. Dear Kurt and the entire Uihlein family, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Much love, Jane & Mark

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