Eli Eisenhard, a Man to Remember!

Posted: March, 2013 | Luann Zambanini

As we move through life, I wonder how many people we actually cross paths with, people whom we only see for a moment. I guess that it would be millions of people: the face in the grocery store, the airport, at high school graduation, at the football game, not to mention all of those places where we may contact others during our journey through life. We will actually meet thousands of people in our lifetimes. Who will we remember forever? I know one person that I will remember forever, a person whom I believe hundreds of people will also remember. His tombstone will be carved with the dates August 26, 1916 – January 1, 2013. A random passing stranger will read the name “Eli Eisenhard,” will see these dates, and will see that Eli lived a long life; however, the random stranger won’t know what we know: the part in the middle, the days that fill in the dash between those dates. The story of those days is my story.

I met Eli at a Boy Scout event that my husband and I attended. I learned, at my first meeting with this sweet old gentlemen, that he was very friendly, very outgoing, and very knowledgeable of the world from his first hand experience of his world travels. Eli was the first Eagle Scout of Boyertown’s Troop 503 (which was called Troop 3 when he helped to start the troop). Over the years, Eli has always remained an official part of the troop, helping where he could and paying his boy scouts dues every year. Last year at Troop 503 Parent’s Night, he was awarded 81 years of service. For many years during Parent’s Night, the entertainment consisted of slides from Eli’s most recent trips around the world.

I can’t imagine what Eli’s passport looks like. It had the stamps of so many countries in it—countries that included Egypt, Tibet, China, and Malaysia. He even adventured on an African safari. I remember being so amazed that he traveled to Tibet. Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, northeast of the Himalayas. It is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 16,000 ft. (As a frame of reference, Denver, Colorado has an altitude of 5,280 feet.) You have to be in good physical shape to travel in this area, and Eli traveled there when he was 76 years old!

Eli hiked to the top of the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn is on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 14,690 feet high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps. Traveling was one of Eli’s favorite past times. He also, enjoyed spending time in the Poconos, taking in the sights of nature close around him.

Eli was married to Josephine for 50 years and took care of her until her death. Then, on a trip to Egypt, he met Jackie Bergey, who became a dear companion for the rest of his life. Eli had one daughter, JoAnn Bergeman, and had two grandchildren, Jodie Dunkelberger and Richard Bergeman, III. He had six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was employed by the Boyertown Burial Casket Company, last serving as Vice President of the company.

He was an active member of Good Shepherd Church and a member of Boyertown Lodge #741.

He graduated from Boyertown High School even after pulling a prank with his fellow students where they put alarm clocks in the auditorium, under the seats, all set to go off at the same time during a presentation.
Yes, Eli will be remembered by me and so many more people. We thank you Eli for touching our lives!