Carl F. Eglinsdoerfer, 84

Published 11:40am Thursday, February 21, 2013

Born: April 6, 1928

Died: Feb. 17, 2013

Carl F. Eglinsdoerfer, 84, of Niles, Mich., died Sunday evening, Feb. 17, 2013 at his home unexpectedly, but of natural causes.

He was born on April 6, 1928 in Benton Harbor, Mich., to Walter and Mabel (Erfurth) Eglinsdoerfer.  He attended Benton Harbor Schools, and moved from Berrien Springs, Mich., to Niles in 1969.  He was employed for forty years at the Whirlpool Corporation.  He retirement, he was employed at the former Greater Niles Economic Development Corporation (now SMEGA) in its former business incubator.

Carl was a member of Saint Mark Catholic Church in Niles.  He enjoyed camping at area lakes with his family.  He also enjoyed photography, mostly using the black & white style, and developing the photos in his own darkroom.  He had also been active in the use of amateur radio.

On June 10, 1950 in Saint Joseph, Mich., he married the former Roma Worick, who tragically died on Aug. 26, 1962 in an automobile accident, which also took the life of their daughter, Sally Eglinsdoerfer and an unborn child.

Later, on February 8, 1964 in Niles he married the former Phyllis “Joan” Merrill who preceded him in death on Dec. 9, 2007.  He was also preceded in death by five siblings, Walter and Harry Eglinsdoerfer, Helen Jonatzke, Adeline Wells, and Freida Wiedner.

Surviving family includes his children, Sally’s twin, Susan K. (& William) Gartke of Genoa, Ill., Florence K. (& Jay) Lynch of Phoenix, Ariz., James C. (& Keith Harmon) Eglinsdoerfer of Hallandale Beach, Fla., and Robert D. (& Maxine) Eglinsdoerfer of Saint David, Arizona; grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, and Sarah Eglinsdoerfer, Mike, and Dave Gartke, Joann Squires, Jay, and Karen Lynch; great-grandchildren Sean, Joshua, Teriann, and Keely; and Carl’s siblings, twin sisters, Marion Stiles of Berrien Springs and Mary Braman of East Jordan, Mich., and brother, Edward Eglinsdoerfer of Milan, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Carl Eglinsdoerfer will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Saint Mark Catholic Church by the Rev. Thomas King, C.S.C. of the parish.  Committal Rites will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with a Scripture Service at 7:30 p.m. by Brother Dennis Meyers, C.S.C.  Contributions in memory of Carl may be made to Saint Mark Catholic Church.

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