Eileen F. Dore, 96, a longtime resident of Iowa City, died Jan. 28, 2020, in Mission Viejo, Calif. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Jeff Belger officiating. Family committal services will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church or Mercy Hospital Foundation.
Eileen was born June 19, 1923, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of James Hughes and Clare (Hughes) Gatch. She graduated from Devilbiss High School in Toledo, Ohio, and received her B.A. from Toledo University. Eileen worked for United Airlines in New York City before returning to Toledo, where she married Charles G. Dore on Nov. 15, 1947. The couple moved to Iowa City in 1959, where Charles was president of Owens Brush from 1956 until he retired in 1984.
Eileen raised three children in Iowa City and was active in various school and civic organizations. Most recently, she was a resident of Melrose Meadows until 2018, when she relocated to Southern California to be closer to family. Eileen was a 59-year member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Iowa City, as well as the University of Iowa President's Club. She also was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Eileen was devoted to her family. She loved traveling and spending time with family. Eileen was an avid Hawkeye fan and a longtime patron of the theater. She and her husband enjoyed many winters in Florida. Eileen was an enthusiastic bridge and bingo player.
Eileen is survived by her children, daughter, Kathy Dore and her husband, Keith Jepsen, of Indian Wells, Calif.; son, Chad (Pattie) Dore of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; daughter, Kerry (Josh) Hershman, of San Clemente, Calif.; five grandchildren, CJ Dore (Brittany), Jennifer Hershman Contant (Blake), Ryan Dore, Ben Hershman, and Jill Jepsen Hossler (Roy); and great-grandchildren, Cooper Contant, Mason Dore, Carly Hossler and Zachary Hossler.
Online condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com.