Kim Eisenbeis

kim eisenbeis
Kim Marie (Nelson) Eisenbeis, returned to her heavenly home on January 17, 2020 after complications from a newly diagnosed rare form of Parkinsons called Corticobasal Degeneration. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Kim was born to the late Bill and Grayce (Dougherty) Nelson in Huron, South Dakota on August 29th 1952. She was immersed in the Catholic community that would be her lifelong support from an early age. Kim graduated from Shanley High School in 1970 and went on to attend North Dakota State University until she found a career at First National Bank now known as Wells Fargo, there she met Jay Eisenbeis. The two fell in love and were married in Fargo on September 8th, 1979. Kim was blessed with a large and loving family and became a homemaker after her second daughter was born. Kim raised her four children with patience, love, and faith. She also provided in home care for several of her nieces and nephews. Kim’s house was never empty and her lap was always full. Kim was a musician, singing in school choir, church choirs, and other groups such as Gospel Voices which was led by her sister and brother in law Abby and Tony Rheault. Music brought Kim joy, peace, and a sense of community. She enjoyed sacred music as well as popular music, especially The Beatles. She was a self proclaimed “Fab Four Lover”. Kim was an artist at heart, creating beautiful artwork, cards, Christmas ornaments, and jewelry. She was kind, soft-spoken, a phenomenal listener, and a champion of peace and mental health awareness, acceptance and advancements. Kim is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace. Kim is survived by her husband, Jay; her daughters Alison (Dan) Gerwood, Emily (Nathan) Schultz, Eve (Nathan) Schleicher and Jane (Mickey) Karczeuski; her grandchildren Liam and Ethan Gerwood, Eloise, Bethie, and June Schultz, Vera and Celia Schleicher; brothers Pat Nelson, Peter (Ellen Dona) Nelson, and sister Abby (Tony) Rheault and many loved brother in laws, sister in laws, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Bill and Grayce, sisters Beth, Mary, and Margaret, and brother Mike. A visitation will be held Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM at Boulger Funeral Home. A funeral mass for Kim will be Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo at 11:00am. In lieu of monetary donations Kim specifically asked friends, family, and well wishers to please consider donating to a mental health organization or the Arthritis Foundation.

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  1. Our Love and Thoughts and Prayers are with each one of you. You have lost a Beautiful Wife and Mother, Mother in-law and Grandmother. May you feel God’s Loving arm’s around you today and everyday till you are joined again. I hope you feel Peace in knowing that Kim is with you watching from Heaven. All our Love and Prayers, Loring and Elaine Pollock

  2. Oh, Emily. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I had the pleasure of meeting her several times at Bennett, and she was so nice. It is so hard losing a parent. You are in my prayers, and I pray for God’s strength to help you through the difficulties of your loss.


  3. I’m so sorry to read this, Jay and family. May the beautiful memories of your Kim be a blessing to all of you today and all your tomorrows.

  4. Jay and family,
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers in Kim’s death. May she have eternal peace and joy with our loving God. She lived life and loved life as a woman of faith. May her legacy of faith and love live on in all of you. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shrine upon her. Fr. Tim Bushy

  5. Kim is a remarkable person who was always a step ahead of the times. She exemplified using your voice to support a worthwhile cause & as a tool to educate others. Thank you Kim for being a grand part of my life; a part I will always remember. Love you to heaven & back.
    Diane Seminary Nicolet
    Shanley Class of 1970

  6. So sorry for your loss Jay and family. May God fill you with peace as you remember the gift of Kim and her talents that gave you joy.

  7. Although we never had the opportunity to meet Kim, her sister Abby painted a beautiful picture of the amazing women she was. To all who knew her she will be sorely missed. Our hearts are heavy at the loss of this lovely woman.

  8. Another great one from the greater North. May your family rest in peace as you rise to the heavens. Love from my family to yours Becca Fischer

  9. So very sorry to learn of your wife’s passing, Jay. Remembering you with love and caring during this difficult time.

  10. I was so sorry to read of Kim’s passing. I will always remember Kim for her kind spirit and her beautiful voice. We sang in various vocal ensembles throughout our years at Shanley. In later years, we’d occasionally run into each other at church in Fargo and get in a short visit when I was in town with my family.

    May she now experience God’s promises of life everlasting. May she rest in peace.

    Jane (Ermer) Metzger
    Shanley Class of 1970

  11. Jay and family of Kim,

    Please know we are extending our hearts to you in sympathy and prayer.

    May you only be filled with the greatest, most fond memories of the joys she brought to you and your loved ones. May her Love and Inspiration be with you through every Sunrise; may her Spirit’s presence fill your hearts through every moon phase of your coming years.
    Peace be unto you in your sorrow and through all Eternity.

    Don and Pam

  12. Jay, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Kim was a lovely lady and a great life partner I know. God bless you and the kids.
    Take care,
    Mark Savageau

  13. So sorry to hear of Kim’s death. She had such a beautiful infectious smile. She was one of my coworkers at 1st National. We worked together at the auto bank (the building isn’t even there anymore). Kim was definitely my mentor & was also a mentor to many others. Heaven has gained an angel. Jay–my thoughts & prayers to you & your family.

  14. Jay, I am so sorry for you and your family on the loss of Kim. I feel blessed to have met her that time some of us “girls from ’71” visited you at your lake home. I watched the video and felt that that really showed what a lovely person she was. What a beautiful smile and the happiness that radiated from her. You have so many memories of happy times to treasure. I hope and pray that they can bring you comfort in the days and years ahead. God bless.

  15. Jay-

    Thinking about you and your family during this sad time. With love and great memories of Kim and the wonderful family she created with you.

    Sincerest sympathies,
    Mark, Cheryl and Jacob Nenow

  16. We were so sorry to hear about Kim. What a beautiful tribute the slide show was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jay, and your family.

    Steve and Gina Kraushaar

  17. I am so sorry for your loss! Kim was such a gentle soul and was so supportive of the girls as well as of me when I was a young teacher. Prayers for the entire family …

  18. I was so very saddened to hear of Kim‘s passing! Sending my prayers and sympathy ❤️🙏🏼 to all of her family. I worked with Kim as a musician and had the pleasure and privilege of accompanying her in ensembles, choirs, cantatas over the years. She was truly a beautiful woman, inside and out.

  19. A heartbreaking loss! I can picture your mom and your whole family clear as day and send my warm regards and prayers.

  20. Kim and I were classmates going all the way back to our days at St. Anthony’s elementary school. I will remember her as not just a lovely woman, but as an exceptionally kind and thoughtful person. I offer my condolences to Jay and her entire family.

    Tom Rutten

  21. My condolences to all of Kim’s family and to her sister, Abby. I only knew Kim through choir at Holy Cross when I accompanied, Abby directed, and Kim sang in choir or cantored with her beautiful voice. I am so sorry for your loss and I know she has earned her wings and halo as the picture showed in downtown broadway! I enjoyed watching her with her grand babies and everyone. Such a beautiful woman. May she rest in peace.

    Mary Hass

  22. Dear Jay and family. We are deeply sad over the loss of Kim. We know and understand that time as been a struggle for a long journey and we send our prayers of support and peace to you all. May the Lord bless your healing and the memory of wife and mother.

  23. So sorry to hear about your wife, Kim. Remember the good times. May God comfort you . You have a bunch of kids and grandkids to keep you busy, what a blessing they are!! Take care!

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