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Mary Eileen Lawter

January 6, 1956 — April 1, 2024

Paxton, MA; formerly of Peekskill, NY

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mary Eileen Lawter of Paxton, Massachusetts on April 1, 2024. Mary Eileen died of natural causes. She was 68 years old.

Mary Eileen, more commonly referred to as Eileen, was born in West Point, New York on January 6, 1956 to parents James and Maureen Lawter of Peekskill, New York. Before moving to Massachusetts, Eileen lived in New York City, Washington D.C., Virginia, Washington, Colorado and The Netherlands where she learned to speak Dutch and enjoy a freshly cooked pannenkoeken. Eileen nearly always had a cat friend or two, and would keep up her second language by speaking to her furry friends in Dutch.

Eileen enjoyed singing and playing guitar. A talented artist, Eileen loved to spend her free time creating art in a variety of mediums. Eileen applied her artistic skills in a couple of bakeries, where cake and cookies were her canvas, and fondant and icing were her paint.

A fierce believer in helping those in need, Eileen cooked food in bulk for a homeless shelter in the Lower East Side, as well as working at Haley House and Noonday Farm in Massachusetts. Just prior to her passing, Eileen was using her culinary skills by cooking meals for the monks at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. 

Eileen's parting message on Facebook ended with the quote, “TAX THE BILLIONAIRES!”

Eileen was preceded in death by parents, James and Maureen Lawter and sister, Cathy Lawter. Eileen is survived by her siblings James (Eddith 'Eddie' Holmes) Lawter, John Lawter and David (Eileen Burns) Lawter, her niece, Katie Lawter and more cousins than you can shake a stick at.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11 AM at the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker House of Hospitality, 93 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA 01609.

Her Family and Close-Friends will gather on Saturday, June 8, 2024 for a Graveside Committal Service at 10:00AM in the Assumption Cemetery, 1055 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, New York. To offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory, please leave on the tribute wall at

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Mass

Saturday, May 11, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Mustard Seed Catholic Worker

93 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA 01609

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Graveside Committal Service

Saturday, June 8, 2024

10:00 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

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