Sweeton, Aileen

Aileen Sweeton of Avon Connecticut, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend died peacefully on April 20th, 2017 at home where she resided with her daughter Becky and her granddaughter Annie. She was 90 years old.
Aileen Rose Centilli was born in Grand Rapids Michigan on April 12th, 1927 to Sidney and Rose Centilli. She grew up in the area during the difficult depression years among the support of many family members. Her father was an upholsterer and her mother sewed, sewing everything from fine scarfs to the fabric on her uncle’s home built airplane. During World War II, Aileen and her family waited nervously, like many people then, for word of her brother Sidney Junior who was deployed in the Pacific. He later returned a wounded soldier.
After High School, Aileen worked as a telephone switchboard operator. She later met the love of her life, her late husband Edward Raymond Sweeton from Forestville Connecticut, while he was earning an engineering degree at the General Motors Institute in Michigan. Courageously, she left her family and native Michigan and moved east, where the two of them raised a baby boomer family of four children in Unionville Connecticut. Once or twice a year, they would load the children into the family car and travel back to Michigan to be with her loving family.
Aileen lost her husband Edward to illness in 1981. When asked if she would ever marry again, she replied without hesitation “no, I’m a one man woman”.
Aileen worked for many years in the Farmington School system as a Teacher’s Aide at the West District Elementary School. After she retired, you would often find her having dinner with her elderly mother at the Old Town Grill in Unionville. Many a time she would be recognized by past students, having then grown into adulthood, who would stop by and say “hi there Mrs. Sweeton!”. Aileen’s love for children carried over to her grandchildren which she enjoyed spending time with.
Aileen will be dearly missed by family, daughter Susan Bondra and her husband Mike of Avon, daughter Cynthia Holden and her husband Richard of West Simsbury, daughter Rebeca Sweeton of Avon, son Jon Sweeton of Barkhamsted, grandchildren Becky Imperiale and husband Peter, Cody Bondra, Anna Holden and Annie Sweeton, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Apr. 25) from 5:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Apr. 26) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.

Calling Hours

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm

Funeral Service

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea ~ Unionville


St. Mary Cemetery ~ Avon

Memorial Contribution

Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104

7 Responses to 'Sweeton, Aileen'

  1. Adrienne Krieger says:

    Growing up I’d see Aunt Aileen at family get togethers, and all that I remember was her kindness. Each time we saw her over the years she was ALWAYS so pleasant, and kind. All of her children are that way too- KIND. I am sad that I won’t see her again, but will forever have great memories of Aileen.

  2. Pat & Mark Jepsen says:

    Becky and family,

    Our sincerest condolences to you on your Mom’s passing. Her obituary was
    beautifully written, portraying a strong,loving, and sweet woman whose family truly loved her.

    May all your wonderful memories of her bring you comfort.

    Pat and Mark Jepsen

  3. Diane M. Centilli says:

    Aunt Aileen will be truly missed. Being my dad’s only sibling, we would spend a lot of quality time with our Connecticut family. Our families had wonderful vacations together, holidays, picnics, etc. Aunt Aileen was such a sweet, gentle being that I loved just being around her. She will forever be remembered as my favorite aunt. I am sending all my love to my Sweeton cousins. Your mother is such a treasured sweetheart. Love, cousin Diane

  4. Bob O'Connor says:

    Aileen was the kindest person that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I was so glad that you mentioned her years at West District, where she worked with so many children and staff. She was loved by all, especially the little children that she worked with. God Bless you Aileen, you have been a big part of so many West District Tigers! Mr. O

  5. Diane Narusberg says:

    Aileen was so much more than an aunt to me, my daughter, and my siblings. I will always remember her as warm, loving, caring, and giving. Our families had such wonderful times together. I will cherish those memories forever. It is my belief that she is at peace, wrapped in God’s loving arms. Her children and grandchildren are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sharon Ann Centilli says:

    My dear Auntie, I will miss your sweet smile, your laugh and how you called my father Juney! I will remember what a nice Aunt you were, and when you and the family would come to Michigan how delighted I would be. I remember being up at cabin, pin curls in your hair, a bandanna wrap around your head, your short sleeve blouse and shorts. I secretly wanted to have beautiful legs like yours. I Loved listening to you, Mom and Grandma talking over coffee in the morning.Butter sugar corn will always remind me of you. I will miss you so much and the joy of your memory.

  7. Kathleen M. Cook says:

    I am so honored to have had an Aunt as wonderful as Aunt Aileen. I hear her laughter still after many years have past since my childhood. Her visits to Michigan along with her family were the highlight of our families year. My father, her brother, could not have loved a sister more tenderly. It was wonderful to see how much he loved spending time with her. He also loved the fact that she married my Uncle Eddie who turned out to be his best friend. My love goes out to the Sweeten family as I’m sure she will be greatly missed. I pray God blesses and comforts them.

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