Eric R. Pilsl
1970 - 2021
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Eric R. Pilsl

Wild Rose - Eric R. Pilsl, age 50, of Wild Rose, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, Saturday afternoon, February 27, 2021 at his home from an apparent heart condition.

He was born November 10, 1970 in Oshkosh, the son of Al and Susan (Parker) Pilsl. On July 4, 2018 he married the love of his life Jennifer Lynn Schwartzman.

Eric was a graduate of Saint Mary's Springs High School and went on to attend Ripon College where he received his bachelor's degree and later attended Marquette University where he received his master's degree. After graduation he was employed as a pharmaceutical sales rep until his passion for working with young kids lead him to his teaching career at Parkside Middle School in Wautoma as a math teacher. Eric was a man that could light up a room with his contagious smile, outgoing personality, and love for people. He loved the outdoors especially hunting, fishing, cooking and playing golf. He will be fondly remembered for his bartending skills from the Moose Inn to 220 Main Street and most recently Nordic Mountain Ski Hill. Eric always enjoyed conversations and being around people. He took great pride in his students at Parkside Middle School in Wautoma where he devoted his time as a track coach. Eric will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate to meet him. He made the world a better place!

Eric is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his special stepsons, Ashton and Hayden Schwartzman; his parents, Al and Susan Pilsl; his brother, Andrew (Jennifer) Pilsl and their children, Ann and Emma; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bill and Bernadette Johnston; his brothers-in-law, Joshua (Joni) Wiese, Jason (special friend, Mel) Wiese, Erik (Nicole) Johnston and sister-in-law, Melinda (Kelly) Sawyer; further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 11:59 am until 3:59 p.m. in the Stahl Funeral Home, Plainfield with services to follow. Burial will be in the Fish Lake Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Eric's name. The Stahl Funeral Services are assisting the family with arrangements,

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Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2021.
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April 5, 2021
I knew Eric through a mutual friend. He was a friendly, easygoing guy and great to talk to. I'm sorry to hear of the tragic passing of the "Fishing Magician". My condolences to the family.
Pat O'Connor
March 10, 2021
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March 5, 2021
I am truly heartbroken to know I will never hear Eric’s voice again, or see his smile, or listen to one of his silly jokes. Eric and I met in graduate school at Marquette. We worked together in pharmaceuticals and spent many years in between as friends. He refused to ever call me by my name, and instead called my by the name on my car license plate (Rebafsh). When my son Zain was born on Eric’s birthday (November 10), he would only refer to him as little Eric. He taught me how to understand neuro-re-uptake using a basketball and throwing it back and forth to me. He taught me how to make asparagus with good!!! He argued with me about the correct way to lift weights. He would get so mad when I’d call his Dad Sean (after Sean Connery), so of course I never called him anything else:). I saw Eric through long and short hair, combed and wild. We met in a class at Marquette where half way through the class he would take off his hat and unleash a crazy mop of hair, and we would all laugh. He encouraged me when is was struggling, and always made fun of me....and of course I reciprocated. I don’t want to think I’ll never see or talk to my dear friend again. I am devastated for his family. Eric was the best of the best. He did everything right in my book. He was a good and true friend. Honest and caring. Hilarious and up for anything. I miss you already so much. I wish we had more time. I wish we had talked more often. I will pray for your family always.
Rebekah Jarrar
March 5, 2021
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March 4, 2021
To Eric’s family and friends I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences heartfelt wishes for healing.
Steve Reinhold
March 3, 2021
To the Pilsl Family,
My condolences and heartfelt wishes for peace and fond memories.
Karen (Kapocius) Racanella
Karen Racanella
March 3, 2021
That smile touched and brightened the lives of so many. Eric was an immediate friend to all blessed enough to cross his path. Our thoughts and prayers to his Family. He will be remembered always.
The Madison Four
March 3, 2021
I am so very sad to hear this news. Sincerest condolences to Eric’s family. We were classmates at Ripon. Eric was a kind friend, and his smile lit up every room.
Jennifer (Puhy) Pikowski
March 2, 2021
I am shocked and saddened by this news. I attended Ripon College with Eric and we worked together in the Commons. He made the job fun with his humor and stories. He taught me about “per near” and I am sure I taught him a Minnesotan equivalent. Eric was a guy you could count on and a friend to everyone. Smart, funny, and kind. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. I am holding you all in my heart and prayers. I know he will be deeply missed and long remembered.
Sara (Holbach) Kleckner
March 2, 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed conversing with Eric every Wed night this ski season. Full of life and a great caring guy. He loved talking about his family and his teaching job. He will be missed.
March 2, 2021
My heart goes out to all of Eric’s family. I am so sorry for this tragedy. I was a classmate of Erics’ in Fond du Lac & feel grateful to have known such a kind soul.
Kate Kremer
March 2, 2021
He was a very big influence on my life and he will continue to drive me from my remembrance of him he will be in mine and all of his past students hearts always
Conner Schultz
March 2, 2021
He was a great math teacher. Everyone loved his jokes and he never failed to put a smile on someone's face when they were having a bad day. Even when Mr. Pilsil was was having a bad day, his students put that smile he needed on his face. He will be deeply missed by a bunch of people. His students, staff, friends and past students will miss him deeply. Fly high Mr. Pilsil.
- Natasha Fleischmann (Past student of Mr. Pilsil(
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