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Russell (Russ) W. Eichstaedt

June 27, 1939 ~ February 14, 2022 (age 82)


Russell W. “Russ” Eichstaedt, age 82, of Green Bay was called to his heavenly home on Monday, February 14, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay.

Russ was born June 27, 1939, in Milwaukee, son of the late Elmer and Isabell (Zabler) Eichstaedt. He was a graduate of West Allis Central High School with the Class of 1957. Russ proudly served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in Thailand.

On June 18, 1966, he was united in marriage to the former Pauline Kopper in Garfield Heights, Ohio.

Russ worked at W.W. Grainger for his entire 47-year career.

After they both retired, Russ and Pauline liked to take trips to Algoma and Copper Harbor or just go out to lunch together. Russ was an avid Green Bay Gambler fan and spent most of his retirement doing the team’s laundry (Pauline did most of the laundry while Russ talked with everyone). He went to every game and loved that the Resch Center was his second home. He enjoyed attending the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers games with his friends. Russ always had a soft spot for animals, especially for their cats, Frank and Socrates and Jonathan’s dog, Yelich. Russ helped at church counting the offering and was always remembering to wave at Carter and Reagan in their classrooms. He was the best Grandpa and always shared his cookies and gum with them.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years:  Pauline Eichstaedt, Green Bay; one son:  Jonathan Eichstaedt (fiancée Bridget Matuszak), Green Bay; one daughter and son-in-law:  Jennifer & Alec Tantillo, Green Bay;  two grandchildren:  Carter & Reagan Tantillo; two sisters and a brother-in-law:  Carole Colla, Milwaukee; Nancy (Paul) Mills, Milwaukee; one brother-in-law:  Elwood (Joan) Kopper, Clayton, N.C.; as well as other relatives and dear friends.  Russ was preceded in death by his parents: Elmer and Isabell Eichstaedt; one son: Andrew Eichstaedt; his mother-in-law: Lovern Kopper; and two beloved brothers-in-law: Sal Colla and Patrick McCoy.

Cremation has taken place at Lyndahl Funeral Home and Cremation Services and a Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 25, 2022, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Green Bay. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Scott Malme.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday, February 25, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Green Bay.

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Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting In lieu of floral arrangements, donations can be made in his name to Bay Area Humane Society and Pilgrim Lutheran School in Green Bay, WI.

The Lyndahl Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Eichstaedt family with funeral arrangements.

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February 25, 2022

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Pilgrim Lutheran Church (St. Agnes Drive)

Funeral Service
February 25, 2022

11:00 AM
Pilgrim Lutheran Church (St. Agnes Drive)

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