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Eileen A. Tourtual, 'Babe' of Deptford, formerly of Gloucester City; GHS Alum, Class of '62

It is with great sadness that I, Steven Tourtual, announce the death of my beloved mother, Eileen Tourtual (née Boker). She was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in Gloucester City, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Fredrick and the late Mary Boker. Eileen was also known as Babe.

She is the sister of the late Donald (late Margaret) of Gloucester City, late Fredrick Boker (Lorraine), formerly of Brooklawn, Harold Boker (Betty) of Port Orchard, Washington, Irene Clark (Frank) of Gloucester City, Chuck Boker of Vineland, Arlene Johnson (Robert) of Westville, John Boker of California, and Art Boker (Jackie) formerly of Bellmawr.

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Eileen graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1962 and married William Tourtual, who graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1960. They were married for 60 ½ years. They had three boys. Unfortunately, their first child William J. Tourtual, Jr., only lived for five days. However, she is also survived by her two sons, William G. Tourtual (Robin Tama) of Philadelphia and Steven J. Tourtual (Nancy) of Mount Laurel. 

Eileen was a stay-at-home mom until her children graduated high school. Then, she worked in an insurance office and later at Macy’s cosmetics department. She grew up in humble surroundings but was able to rise above it and raise her family with dignity. She enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States. When her children were young, she and her husband would surprise them with trips to Disney World. She loved going to the gym, doing aerobics classes, and walking with her husband. She and her husband, Bill, made countless sacrifices. So, their children could have a better life than they had. They also enjoyed spending time with their grandnephew and grandniece Anthony and Maddie D’Andrea. My mom was the person I could depend upon when I was in trouble at 3 am and she would never bring it up again or hold it against me. She was also the type of person to help with my tuition, pay off my credit card debt, and even pay for a stranger’s groceries if they looked like they were struggling. She always challenged me to be better, to work hard, and to stay sober. She and my father made sure that they were home when the trash collectors and landscapers were coming. So, they could provide them with cold bottles of water and cash for a coffee break. She will be deeply missed, but her family knows that the Lord will redeem her.

Also, a special thank you to the entire team from Bayada at Inspira for your compassionate care. You are appreciated. 

At her request, services will be private. There will be no viewing. 

In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to Bayada at Inspira Hospice, 600 Jessup Rd, Suite 100A, West Deptford, NJ 08066. Please memo, Eileen Tourtual.

Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Eileen A. Tourtual. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142