September 11, 1953 – March 24, 2017
Eileen Marie (Tasillo) Carlins passed away at her home in Pleasant Hills on March 24, 2017 after a long illness. Eileen, daughter of the late Josephine and Raymond Tasillo, is survived by her beloved husband of 40 years, Daniel; children Matthew (Jennifer) Carlins, Sarah (Richard) Kwiatkowski and Emily (Dustin) Price; grandchildren Noah and Mason Carlins and Lucy Kwiatkowski; brothers James (Francine) Tasillo and Raymond Tasillo (Teresa Moore); and sisters Joyce (Kevin) Schlentner, Mary Jean Malawski (Ken McPhail) and Joan Blodgett; and loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Rachel. Eileen will be missed by a large circle of family, friends and colleagues.
After earning her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and graduating valedictorian, Eileen joined SIDS of Pennsylvania as its first Director of Support and Education. A pioneer of the national infant safe sleep movement, known as Cribs for Kids, Inc., Eileen developed a safe sleep curriculum that she taught to nursing schools, child care providers, mortuary science students, hospitals, health departments, high school health classes, and non-profit organizations. She made a major impact in the lives of many grieving families by starting Healing Hearts, a bereavement program that included home visits, phone calls day and night, and monthly support meetings to families whose infants had died for any reason and needed support.
Eileen served as President of the Alumni Association of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work; Special Discipline Instructor, Pennsylvania Keys to Professional Development; member of the Allegheny County Child Death Review Team; member of Safe Sleep Committees at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital; adjunct professor at Carlow University School for Social Change, Department of Social Work; and field instructor at Carlow University, Chatham University, Duquesne University School of Nursing and the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, 4201 Brownsville Rd., Brentwood 15227 on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral Prayer on Thursday morning at 9:00. Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Elizabeth’s of Hungary RC Church, One Grove Road, Pleasant Hills at 10 am. followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery with her daughter Rachel. Her family requests that Eileen be remembered for how she lived, not how she died, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cribs for Kids, Inc., 5450 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 (cribsforkids.org). Eileen’s friends and family take comfort in knowing that she has been greeted in heaven by her loving daughter, Rachel.