Gabriel “Gabby” B. Eiden, 73, went home peacefully to the Lord and to be with his son Scott on April 24, 2015 after a courageous battle with a rare type of lymphoma cancer.
Born October 29, 1941 in the town of New Hope to the late Adolph & Hattie (Dombeck) Eiden. Gabriel attended Malloy Grade School, a one room school house until 7th grade. That school closed down and he attended Garfield school for his 8th grade year. He then attended Rosholt High School. He was one of the first students to play basketball for the Hornets in the new addition of the first gymnasium. He graduated in 1959.
He married Kathleen (Maslowski) Eiden in November of 1966. They later divorced.
He worked for Wendell Krogwold Farms in Amherst Junction until starting his 37 years of construction work. He worked for Ellis Stone and was then hired at Consolidated Papers where he worked until the time of his retirement in November 2000. One of his biggest construction efforts was helping to build the Sentry Insurance home office complex.
In his early years he enjoyed playing baseball for Ernie and Irene’s Bar in Polonia and Blue Bar in Rosholt. He had legs like a deer and was an outstanding outfielder.
When a knee injury ended his baseball career, he joined the Tomorrow River Lanes bowling league and enjoyed throwing horseshoes. He threw horseshoes for 30+ years starting for Al and Char’s- Polonia, Ernie and Irene’s- Polonia and Dollar Bill’s- Rosholt.
He is survived by his children Paul Eiden Amherst Jct., Carol Maes (Joe) Rosholt, WI
Ryan Eiden (Katherine Heinzen), Stevens Point and Lyle Eiden (Heather Perron), Stevens Point. His two brothers Francis Eiden (Marie Repinski) of Stevens Point and Albert Eiden (MaryAnn) of Custer. Nine grandchildren Evan, Brian and Nolan Maes, Adam, Luke and Hannah Eiden and Matthew, Michael and Emily Eiden and many nieces and nephews.
All his life he was a farmer and woods man. In his retirement years he enjoyed gardening and supplied so many with his harvest of tomatoes, beans, asparagras, cucumbers, potatos and corn. He spent his days in the woods logging, cutting firewood and driving his John Deere Tractor.
He enjoyed watching and attending Brewer games, watching the Wisconsin Badgers Basketball and Green Bay Packers football games as well as attending the local UWSP Pointer games and Rosholt Hornet athletic activities. Along with being a big sports follower he enjoyed feeding his birds, taking care of his yard, watching the deer from his back porch and some golfing and fishing with his friends Jimmy and Frank.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish, Custer, WI
He was a man of faith and gave generously of his time and harvest to the church. He will be missed behind the grill cooking up his “Gabby” burgers and frying up French fries at the yearly picnics.
He was a generous man and will still keep us wondering how on earth he canned his pickles to be so good and crisp.
Preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Hattie, infant brother Paul, one son Scott Joseph, one grandson Nicholas Scott, son of Lyle and Heather.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to be donated to the Flees/Eiden Memorial Scholarship fund and other memorials to be established.
The family would like to extend our appreciation to the Marshfield Oncology Department for our father’s care and thank the Iola Assisted Living for their generous support and care during our father’s final days.
He will be greatly missed and stated “I am proud of what I am leaving behind.”
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Wednesday April 29, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia. Rev. Greg Michaud officiating. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery. Family and friend may call from 4-8 PM Tuesday at the Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home and from 9:30 AM Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church until the time of Mass.
There will be a Parish Rosary at 7 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home. The Pisarski Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.pisarskifuneralhome.com