Mary Lee Eisenreich
1946 - 2018
Lyndahl Funeral Home
1350 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI
Mary Lee Eisenreich

Green Bay - My name is Mary Eisenreich and this is my obituary. Unbeknownst to me, on my birth day of September 20, 1946, I was going to be blessed with the most astounding life on earth before going home to heaven on January 19, 2018.

To understand my extraordinary life, you must know my humble beginnings. I was born to Bob and Milly (Arndt) Eisenreich. Bob and Milly sacrificed a great deal for me. In fourth grade, they bought me my first clarinet. We did not have a lot so the cost of this instrument had a huge impact on our life, we did without many things we may have needed. I would sit under the maple tree and play that clarinet day and night. Back then, the dogs were not tied up. Every day I played under that tree, the dogs would join me and howl. I loved that clarinet and as I grew, that instrument would become my life and passion. That sacrifice of my parents started the journey with the love of music.

I was the first of six children; I lived in Seymour, Wisconsin, until I was 18 years old and then I went on with the next chapter in my life. I graduated from Seymour High School in 1964 and went on to college and graduate school. My undergraduate degree was from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, with a triple major in music - K-12 in Vocal, Instrumental, and General Music. When I came home from college, I remember playing the guitar and singing for my grandmother and aunts. They told me to give up singing and playing guitar; they said I was horrible. Not just once did they say to give up singing, they continued to say give it up every time they saw me.

Obviously, I chose not listen to my family; I played on and sang louder and ended up with 13 guitars throughout my life. I went on to graduate school. Both degrees were from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. My degrees were in Music Education. I graduated in 1972 and came back to Wisconsin. I gave private lessons for four years and then got a teaching job in the Ashwaubenon School System. One of my fondest memories with my students was the time I asked for their help to recreate the scene from the Titanic movie where Rose was on the bow of the ship with her hands extended. That scene from the movie gave me shivers. I rounded up the ladder from the library, which had a platform at the top. You all know what happened next, I was at the top of the ladder, and hands extended being pushed waiting for the breeze to hit my face. Well my body hit the floor, and the ladder fell on me. So much for the breeze, teaching gave me shivers and great joy. I taught 30 years in the Middle School and during that time, I directed the High School musical for 21 years. I was blessed and had a wonderful career teaching. In the last couple of years, I was blessed to be surrounded by so many students and parents when my health was failing. While I visited Bellin ICU the last couple of years, my students and several friends who had gone into the medical profession would care for my health and pray with my family.

I have a brother, Rick, with his wife, Georgia. They had three girls, Heidi, Katie, and Amanda, with husband, Flo, and darling daughters, Madison and Lillian. I have four sisters, Susan, Jill and husband, Bob, Debbie and husband, Ron, with daughter, Maxine, and Becky with daughter, Lavesa, and wife, Sally. I have cousins and the rest I will meet in heaven - I take that back, I am with them in heaven as you read this.

All my life I participated in music, as a student and then a teacher. I directed church choirs and played keyboard at church. I sang and played my instruments all of my life. Again, God blessed me with a talent that I could share. You all know Heaven will be a bit louder when I join the choir. No, when I take over the director job of that choir.

The next chapter in my life is the things I did musically. I will name them and remember all the wonderful experiences I had; how could one person be so fortunate to live life and be able to teach, sing, and support so many working with music? Here it goes: Girls Scouts, 4-H, 4-H State Choir and Band, Pit Band, Choir Director for various churches, Green Bay City Band, Church Orchestra, Dudley Birder Chorale, Summer Music Theater, UWGB Summer Music Camp Instructor, Green Bay Civic Symphony, Allouez Village Band, Evergreen Theater, Community Theater, Brown County Historical Society, Heritage Players, LLI Choir, Weddings, Funerals, Guitar Player, writer of music, Teacher Of The Year, and the classroom I taught in was named "The Mary Eisenreich Choral Room". One of my favorite plays I was blessed to be in was "Nunsense". Playing Mother Superior was a highlight of my performing career; you all remember the clicker, right?

I love my church, Beautiful Savior, and the congregation. I spent a great deal of time as the Music Director, preparing for services and teaching students in the glorious sanctuary of this church. Pastors Leon Ehlert and Mike Pfeifer, your words, love, and support lift me every day. Ann, your support is so appreciated.

The next chapter is all the things I loved to do outside the realm of music: canning, reading, Sudoku, Panda Pop, golfing, gardening, teaching and attending LLI classes, sitting outside with my Crow's Nest family, eating, and laughing. Most of all, I love to sing and write music. My musical is not yet complete but I am sure Kristin and Sara Rose will finish for me.

As far as great friends, I am abundantly blessed. Carolyn and Dan Bodden, there are no words that could reflect the love I have for you. Judy Hollmaier, always steadfast and such support in your friendship, your heart is sweet. Jane and Carl (McKenna and Alex), we live life to the fullest. Jane, you made me look like a million bucks every two weeks for 39 years. Sara Rose, keep singing and being an inspiration; your friendship fills my life with great joy. Jack and Joan, your visits and gardening takes me back to our younger days. Brent Hussin, the years and laughs are many; times at dinners and plays, life is grand. Kay and Keith Welke - Allison ( Kristin and TJ Welke), lifetime family that was not blood, you fill my heart with blessings. Kristin, keep playing; you make me a better clarinet player and you are my teacher, student, and great friend. Kristin, when we play together I always think I am back under that maple tree. My Crow's Nest family, you keep me going. Everyone in my life, so many to name, grateful seems inadequate to thank you for this extraordinary life. Thanks for the joys we experience every day.

My family will make sure that a Marybratin (aka - a celebration of my life) is held.

I cannot wait to see all of you in one place.

Well, the time has come to close this chapter here on earth. I am excited to see all who went before me. I had a wonderful life and I hope I was a person who helped other people. It is not goodbye it is see you later. TTFN.

From the family: Mary left this earth peacefully, surrounded by family being sung her favorite songs by her niece, Lavesa. We want to thank Mary's friends, church, and community for the outpouring of love and memories shared during this time. Special thanks to Bellin Hospital ICU, Doctors Davis and Kanwar, Jeris, Paul, and the other staff for taking care of Mary during the last two and a half years. To St. Vincent ICU, Dr. Alshahroiri, ICU nurses Nancy and Bridget; you were all so compassionate and dedicated to Mary's care and her family during this difficult time. We will be celebrating Mary's life in a memorial service to be held in May 2018.

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Published by Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 23, 2018.
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In two days it will be a year since you left this earth I hope you brought laughter and mischief to Heaven. If not, go to it girl!
Pat Jansen
January 17, 2020
Just learned of your passing, Mary, while reading the Life section of the Press-Gazette. You made the front page once again, Dear Friend. I am beyond saddened, yet want to join the voices of those who knew and loved you...Thank you for all you brought to us. Laughter and learning. Will be forever grateful for our shared experiences. And yes, Mother Superior, I'll always remember the clicker. Love, Sister Robert Ann
Karen McDiarmid
February 18, 2018
I met Mary in the LLI (LIR) program. There isn't enough words to describe Mary - someone who brought humor, joy, love, and kindness to everyone who met her. Even with her health problems, she never complained, she just took each day and made it count for herself and every one she knew. She will be missed - it isn't every day that we get to know an "Angel in disguise"
Zeta Turriff
February 1, 2018
Always great fun to work with and such an engaging performer. She could make everyone smile and take the tension out of any rehearsal. Rest in peace.
Barney Johnson
January 27, 2018
Rest In Peace Ms. E! You were the most influential teacher I've ever had. I will continue to think of you often and never forget the great times we shared! You're time on earth was extraordinary. I was a young teenage girl going through some of the hardest times and you, Mary Eisenreich, help me find positivity, love, comfort, and peace through music. I never got to tell you how much you impacted my life. Music has been my therapy, my go to when it feels like my life is falling apart. Thank you Mary. Thank you for never being too busy to let a troubled student come talk and hang out with you, even though I knew it was your down time, you never turned me away. You always made me feel welcomed and loved. You saved me many times. God bless you and everyone who is mourning the loss of such a beautiful, eccentric soul. I will never forget you! I love you. ❤
Tasha Barber
January 26, 2018
Mary... your remarkable, irreplaceable presence and generous, mischievous smile will be missed. Thanks for all your guidance, for blessing us with your talents and for all the laughs. And, by the way, who is going to tell the tenors and bass how to sing and all of us how to annunciate our words? Till we meet again... XOXO
Bill and Melissa Krueger
January 24, 2018
To the family of Mary Eisenreich. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your sister. When I read her obituary it reminded me that she and I both played the clarinet in the Seymour High School band. She was my mentor and I will remember her always. I last saw Mary (and Rick) at Mrs. Feurig's funeral at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour where we all grew up and where we all shared our religious memories. She touched the musical community of Green Bay in so many ways. My dear friend Mary Daley sang in the choir directed by Mary that went to the Renaissance Assisted Living Facility where my 93 year old mother is a resident and Mary and Mary both spoke to my mom there just this past Christmas. I hope that Mary will be directing the heavenly choir as my brother-in-law, Dr. Dave Lawrence, just died January 5, 2018. He was a doctor who like many doctors found comfort and solace in music and he played guitar and sang in his church choir and had the choir's Christmas at he and my sister's home for over 20 years. So when he died the standing comment was that he will now be singing in the heavenly choir and I am sure that Mary will appreciate him and his beautiful voice and dedication and enjoyment of music just like Mary had. In Mary, the world enjoyed with her a wonderful appreciation of music and I know that she will be missed by many. My sincere condolences to all of you.
Billie Jean (Winger) Freemore
Billie Jean (Winger) Freemore
January 24, 2018
Mary, Your smile will be missed. Whenever i would see you ,you were always smiling" that "smile";( Full of mischief smile.) may all of Heaven appreciate having you there to lighten things up.
Pat Jansen
January 23, 2018
Pat Jansen
January 23, 2018
Thanks for being an outsatanding teacher! Thanks for all the help with my singing that aided me in being in the Annie musical at St. Norbert's College in 7th Grade , along with other musicals in middle school & high school, and being crowned Miss Green Bay in 1992. You will be missed.
Darlene Swille-Christianson
January 23, 2018
Reverend Mother -- you will be missed. I first met you in 1989 when you sang for Anything Goes. I knew right away you were a character. We were in Nunsense together and you always referred to me as Sister Evil George instead of sister Emil George. I was in the production as well as stage manager. I will especially miss your sweet dill pickles. Love you!
Lynda Cameron
January 23, 2018
Mary and I met in LLI and being a member of the LLI Chorus and having her in several LLI courses and on the Board of Directors, I realized what a treasure she was. The earth lost some of its joy on Jan. 19, 2018.
Jan Rickert
January 23, 2018
I never met Mary, but after reading her life's story, I feel I have missed something wonderful. God bless her and all of you!
Gail Springsteen
January 23, 2018
Mary, you still make me smile! The Ashwaubenon School District is so blessed to have had your talents, enthusiasm, and joy spilling out into the hallways and classrooms and stage. From dunking basketballs to laughing with such abandon, you simply needed to add fun. You helped thousands of students realize their potential and their worth. Excellent! job, Mary. Just. Excellent. Your contagious joy is everlasting. And you are forever in our hearts; we who were lucky to share moments with you. Thank you, Mary, for every little bit of it - from teaching me so much about theater to modeling compassion as you always took the time to be present. There was never anywhere else you needed to be - than just here. Love you, Mary.
Gina Jones
January 22, 2018
Always a smile on Mary's face.
Always the unexpected in rehearsal.
She always made me laugh.
I will always miss her!
James Birder
January 22, 2018
Mary delighted, inspired and made me smile since the first day I met her while doing THE MUSIC MAN back in the 70's. Forty years later we performed together again in Play-by-Play Theatre's SWING TIME CANTEEN and she Co/hosted our Gala. She was always quick with a positive comment, an absolute joy to be around. Today, 30 minutes after sending her an email from NYC asking about music lessons, I found out that she had passed. I was shocked; I cried. She was such a strong personality that it seemed like she would live forever. Now God has blessed you, Mary. I will miss you. Sing some duets with my Markie.
Mary Ehlinger
January 22, 2018
Rick, Georgia and entire family. You have our most heartfelt sympathy. Mary will be missed by so many people, ourselves included. Jim and Dianne Briggs
Dianne Briggs
January 22, 2018
I will most miss Mary's smile - whenever I ran into Mary - there was this wonderful deep voiced greeting - with a smile that lit up her face.
I do hope I get to see it again in heaven.
Karen Barnack
January 22, 2018
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