Edward J. Eckstein

Edward J. Eckstein

Edward J. Eckstein, 90, of New Ulm (formerly Comfrey), died peacefully on Monday, December 7, 2015, at the Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm. 

Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm.  Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrated the Mass, and burial was in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with full military honors provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.

Edward is survived by his sister, Jo Ann (Bill) Foley of Bemidji; brother, Pat (Nicole) Eckstein of New Ulm; sisters-in-law, Bernice Eckstein of Sleepy Eye, Helen Eckstein of New Ulm and Mary Jane Eckstein of New Ulm; brother-in-law, LaVern Schugel of St. Paul; 45 nieces and nephews, and 105 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene Eckstein in 2012; sisters, Marie Kaping, Arline Hamilton and LaDonna Schugel; and brothers, Tony, John, Henry Jr., Leo, Walt, and Al Eckstein.

Edward “Eddie” John Eckstein was born October 13, 1925, to Henry and Anna (Dittrich) Eckstein in New Ulm.  He was united in marriage to Irene Schaeffler on August 22, 1950, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.  Soon after marriage, Eddie was drafted in the U.S. Army and served from 1950-1952 during the time of the Korean War.  After his time in the service, he began farming in the Comfrey area where he worked until his retirement in 1990.  Eddie was a dedicated farmer who took great pride in all of his work.  For enjoyment, he could be found at many of the local machinery or livestock auctions or on an occasional trip to Jackpot Junction.  Although Edward did not have children of his own, he held all of his nieces and nephews close to his heart, many who spent numerous summers working with him on the farm.  He lived in the Comfrey area until after his wife Irene’s passing when he moved to New Ulm where he lived the rest of his life.  Eddie was a member of the German Bohemian Society, Springfield Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth Catholic United, and a past member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Comfrey. 

The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolence for his family may be sent to sign the guestbook, at www.mvfh.org

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