- 55 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 11, 1958
- Place of birth:
Milwakee, Wisconsin, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 2, 2014
- Place of passing:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
|God speed, brother.|
This memorial website was created in memory of Leon Joseph Eigenberger:
The son of Leonard and Theresa Eigenberger
A brother to Bridget, Debbie, Cindy, Bruce, Jeff and Doreen
A father to Brian and Steven
An uncle to Amanda, Christina, Thomas, Lana, Paul, Kelly, Marissa and Cassandra
This is an attempt to honor a life that we could only share some small part of.
We will all miss him.
"The 1.5 years went by fast. Our dog Summer just passed away 2 days after Leon's and Cindy's special day. Like people say all dogs go to heaven. Taking Angel and Summer for walks was one of his favorite things to do. He also loved watching Me T.V. He loved The Rifle Man and Emergency. When some of those shows were done it was time for dinner. His last summer on earth we played badminton , . He missed a lot, but we both had fun. After he passed I missed that time we spent together. I hope you're having fun!!!"
"It was an interesting jounery to be a legal guardian to our sibling since 2005. I didn't know what it entailed until Leon started living with us. At times I do miss him and other times I know the Lord blessed him and us by taking him first and paving the way. By caring for all his needs both large and small it has changed me how I see myself now. I feel I can accomplish more and I want to take of myself so I hopefully will be around longer to enjoy life to the fullest. I'm grateful that I got to know Leon the last few years of his life. He was a mixed bag of good and evil. Sometimes I wasn't sure if he had the same parents , because he seemed to like to lie and take things. I thought Mom did a good job at instilling good traits in us. She wasn't always kind about it, but got the message across. Lastly I want to thank each of my siblings for taking the time to say good bye to Leon before he left this tempoary home on earth. I know it meant a lot to see his boys pay him a visit. I think at times he felt left out, but he didn;t dwell on it. He could've acted out his feelings by getting angry, but I will never know for sure. Love to all and Leon have a ball in heaven with our dog Angel and of course DAD."
"I am sorry that I wasn't able to spend time with my family while they were visiting. I really regretted that but I have to say that wasn't my intention because of my working second shift.
However, I just wanted to say how much I miss my uncle, I hated to see him suffer like he did. I wish that things had been better for him and his life had more happiness than it did prior to having cancer. I wish he had gone to St. Ann's daycare more before he got sick since that is what he loved.
I just wanted to say how I hated to see him suffer in his last days, it's heartbreaking to see someone suffer in agony so much. I am glad that he isn't in pain any more. I want him to know that he is very much missed and sincerely loved. Also, it is hard to believe that he is now longer here. Sometimes, I forget and I remind myself that he is gone. I assume that is considered normal.
I know that all people grieve differently but I know that he is happier and no longer suffering. I am grateful that I had a chance to be a part of his life. I know that he is missed and he will be always be in my heart.
"I think Leon's life is a reminder that life is short and we must enjoy our walk here on planet Earth while we can."
"Leon's funeral is scheduled for April 16th at St. Martin of Tours. Visitation begins at 10:00 and services at 11:00.
St. Martin of Tours
7933 S 116th St.
Franklin, WI 53132"
"I am thankful for my parents taking him in the last years of his life. Probably the best years of his life since leaving Flordia. I am glad to have shared the Gospel with Uncle Leon only a couple weeks before his passing. I know he grew up Catholic but we all need to be reminded that savation is by God's grace. I asked him if he thought he would go to heaven or hell and he replied hell and started to cry. I asked him why and he said because he doesn't go to church. The Gospel means good news and for a guy like Leon and it was good news. Certainly the thief on the cross hadn't lived a righteous enough life to go to heaven. All he had to do was be willing to leave that life of sin behind and come to the Lord Jesus by faith. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 Till we meet again in the promised land my Uncle."
"I am thankful for the visit to Nebraska my parents, John and Debbie, made with Uncle Leon less than a year ago in May of 2013. I had no idea that would be the last time I would see and visit with him. My daughters (his great nieces) also had the opportunity to meet their Great Uncle Leon for the 1st time. He was quiet and enjoyed coloring and working on puzzles. The thing about life is that our time here is not guaranteed. You have to appreciate the moments and opportunities we are given. Towards the end, Uncle, I know you were in great pain, and now you get to rest so peacefully. I can rest assured that one day we will meet again. I look forward to that day when we meet again at the gates of heaven! Love, Lana"
"Uncle Leon was a very special man. I met him when I married his nephew Tom. Over the last three years I have had the honor of being around him a lot as he lived with my in laws. He always had a smile on his face and you could not even get into the front door of their house without being met by Uncle Leon for a bear hug. When I was pregnant with our son Jaren, Uncle Leon would always pat my belly and say hi to the baby. He loved him holding him when he was brand new, it would make me really nervous cause he was so shaky but I look back on it now and I am thankful that we were able to share Jaren with him.
I am amazed by my in laws and their loving care of Leon. They took him, when no place could be found to place him and they gave him a good home. I don't know if I would have it in me to do what the did.
I am thankful that Uncle Leon is no longer in pain but in the arms of our loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has run the race and won it.Today he is a completely restored man in every way."
"I am a friend of the Sromek family. I met Debbie's family at the Mitchell Park Domes. I met Christina after my wife died of complications of pancreas cancer. I am grateful to Tom and Shayla for taking me in as family when my own son and daughter-in-law shunned me. I am grateful to have known such loving people.
I met Leon around a year ago. I sympathized with Leon's plight since I took care of my Wife, Dale, for all those years. I seen him go thru such pain and agony that it hurt to see him suffer and Christina would break down and cry to me cuz she was also sympathetic to his rapidly deteriorating condition. I am glad that none of you had to watch his vomiting up after every meal and see him in his last days when he was comatose and in and out of consciousness.
He very much liked going to the park with Christina and I to feed the ducks, we went to Burger King, and a few places like the Dollar Tree to get coloring books and puzzles cus he enjoyed coloring.
It was all nice to meet you and I thank you for taking the time to read this tribute to his memory. God Bless
"Thank you to Deb & John Sromek for taking in Leon during his homeless
days. While he was living on the streets: Special thanks to anyone who gave him a crust of bread and a cup of coffee. Perhaps giving him shelter from the elements. If you didn't just slam the door on this troubled guy I will be grateful forever. For all the cigarettes he bummed
thank you for that too. If you gave him a smile or swapped stories with him I thank you for that. If you showed him the smallest kindness during his troubled life my thank you. Bob thanks for being a good friend and giving John & Deb some much needed respite. The list goes on and on
My heart overflows with gratitude. RIP Leon"
"Leon had many faults, but he had a lot of upside also. Leon was the kind of guy you could love and hate at the same time. He was like the kid that never grew up. He loved life. He had 3 motorcycles in Florida and he always waved to the motorcycle riders when I took him anywhere in Milwaukee. He loved music. He would sing along with the oldies in my car. He loved the Green Bay Packers and would always watch them. He loved Kopps ice cream. He liked pretty girls, not sexually of course. He loved animals, expecially our dog, Angel and any other dogs he would meet up with while going on a walk. But most of all he loved food and lots of it to the point where he would drive us crazy. The little things that matter to most of us, didn't matter for Leon. He went to church with us. He was obedient to both Debbie and I, even though we had to remind him of certain things over and over. Even though his mind failed him at the end, I was amazed how he would sit in his room and put complicated 500 piece puzzles together. He never held anything against me, even though I didn't treat him the best at times. If I knew he was going to die of cancer, I would have done some things differently. He died a dignified death, even though he was in much pain. My Dad died of COPD and did not die a dignified death. He cursed and swore. I hope Leon made it to the promised land."
"I had only known Leon for a short period of time, but I will say he always made me smile. I met him through his sister Debbie and was his massage therapist for awhile. I saw him on one of his final days...and I knew it wasn't good. He was in so much pain, and I wish I could have made him feel better with that massage. He sang during that last massage. That memory will never fade, for the power of his voice, although shaky, was very beautiful. Rest in peace, Leon. I will miss your smile and laughter."
"Goodbye Uncle Leon...you are in my thoughts today...rest in peace. Love, Mandy"
"Oh my, this made your passing so much more painful for me. We were at the domes and Cindy pointed me out to you and your face lit up like a Christmas tree. While engulfed in pain and your skin screaming to be relieved of life, you smiled so brightly when you recognized me. For you, brother, I shed countless tears tonight."
"On a Wednesday in April 2014, Leon left the shackles and the pain of the earth behind. He is the intrepid one. The brave one. His body failed him, but now he doesn't need it.
Instead of flowers I would like to suggest giving generously to your local food bank. Or homeless shelter. Or any agency that takes care of those who are not so fortunate as we. Those folks are my heroes. I'm sure at some point they helped Leon out or someone just like him.
"May the fishing be great for you Leon, as I know you loved it so much and instilled that love of fishing into your son Steve. Hopefully that big buck you never had a chance to get will now happen. You will be always missed!"
"One of my memories was of Leon and how he loved to grow coleus, which led to me being interested in growing them too. Such a silly thing, really. I still have the piggy bank he made and it will remind me of him. Rest in peace, bro. I know you will be with Pa in a better place forever."
"Dad and Leon were very close. I think he wanted to be just like pa and that would not have been a bad person to be. Once again he and dad will be together, shootin' the bull over a cup of java. Have a cup on me and tell dad a day never goes by when I don't think of him or miss him with all of my heart. When the day comes, rest well my brother."
"I will always have a special place in my heart for my birthday twin.
When we visited you and your family, you took such pride in your wood work shop. Rest in peace Leon, tell dad I miss him too."
"Here's to finding Dad and going out for a bottomless cup of coffee and eating every kind of doughnut that heaven can imagine. And Dad pays. And here's to working on your car and having it always work when you put it back together. With no leftover parts. And here's to the perfect kind of crisp fall day with a light dusting of snow for tracking a 12 point buck through the underbrush. But he gets away...this time. But you will be back. Take care, my brother."
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