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A journey through time that led him down so many paths. Some were short & sweet and others never ending. All to prove strength comes from those who travel through time going beyond their comfort zone. Grasping “Bits and Pieces” during his journey giving dad the love for life in all things which gave him the ultimate spark in his inner being to strive for endless adventures!
It is with a VERY HEAVY HEART that I announce to the World that on January 24, 2024, at age 98, our father John Robert Enigl, Sr., left his earthly being to begin his greatest adventure of all time :) to joyfully reunite with his beloved wife, MaryAnn, who surely greeted him with a long hug and smooches. Defying all odds came easy, for he had GOD on his side 24/7, 365. Hi my name is Connie, his only daughter and full-time caregiver for the past 10 years and this is going to be just a snippet of our father’s life :)
As I took care of my parents, I paid close attention to the details as they conversed amongst themselves about not just life together but who they were before marriage. As my mother started to regress on her own, our father would lift her spirits up with his beautiful smile and gentle touch and reminisce with her about life well lived. His selfless undivided attention to detail of his love for her, was breathtaking. Making darn sure to express her beautiful self to mom. His selfish wants to not share those last days with her proved to complete our father’s greatest adventure here on earth. Something we talked about often.
John loved to eat and did so into his final days, never bored with routine meals but welcomed a treat here and there. His last physical job was putting together jigsaw puzzles :) 300 pieces every three days with hundreds done with his classic cursive signature of importance. Giving him his love for teaching as if signing the kids report cards. The Covid era gave us challenges as everyone was doing this activity, so it became hard to find him new supplies and he wasn’t having any of (repeat) take its place. The puzzle company has his 97 birthday photo sitting with his new shipment on a postcard which is included in every box he has opened. That gave dad more drive to succeed.
While working his day job as “master puzzler” his conversations were all about his past to include his interactions with people. It would be too lengthy to describe so let’s condense it and I’ll write about it later. The true threads of dad were creatively made by every second lived and those who stepped into his space. His endless tinkering jobs, hobbies, extracurricular activities, and his living paycheck job provided dad a beautiful retirement. This included installing tv antennas where Curly Lambeau was a client, repairing radio and television, leader in Boy Scouts and Indian guide, farmer/cherry grower, paper delivery, FFA of Sevastopol, collector of all gadgets including antique vehicles. He built his own Model T Ford, was an avid library goer, and kept the seats warm at McDonalds and Subway :)
During the war time, dad was not accepted because of his eyes so he reconditioned bicycles and sold them and attended Normal School in Algoma which gave him job opportunities on Washington Island, (first male teacher on the island), Valders and Brookfield. He helped at the Door County Fair and participated in the Valmy Thresheree. The saving of the Door County Bookmobile gave him everlasting love for books, in which that mission for restoration is well on its way. His amateur radio and club membership created bonds across the oceans, and his radio handle K9HJL has been used for many years. Dad wrote in little pocketbooks about conversations whether from amateur or the Stanley Greene program on WDOR. The multiple cameras hanging around his neck was signature to his attire as he reported for the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel and Door County Advocate. Dad was voted in to help spearhead the Wisconsin Teachers Pension which never failed him. Interviewing famous people and not so, came very easy because his ears were always listening. This past year dad spent hours on his computer writing more stories :)
Reality, dad was a fine-tuned book with endless chapters of adventure. This is his last photo at home before coming to get checked out. His words spoken: sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! And will I see my doctor? May the winds be calm, and the sun be warm :) May the magic remain within the threads of that carpet you glide on. The cape you wear is very strong and mighty. God had a plan!
Forever Grateful to Dr. Hogan and his medical team, Eric Danihel, Dr. Stefaniak, Dr. Harper and all their team. Your journey continues and your Champions fly amongst the Angels in Heaven!
On behalf of my entire family, I would like to express our gratefulness into eternity for my husband Henry, you made it possible for your endless sacrifices which allowed our parents to remain at home till their end of time! We will be forever deeply indebted to you! I will love you till the end of time!!
Our father John was preceded in death by his loving wife, MaryAnn; infant son, James; son, Richard; brother, Charles; and parents, Ethel & John.
Our dad, grandpa & great grandpa will be sadly missed by son, John Jr., and his family, Stacia (Rene Rosas), Celia & Angie, Rob (Heather), Lydia & Luke; son, Bill (Deb), and their family, Chris (Basia), Marissa & Eli, Chuck (Alecia) Evan, Theresa (Himanshu Goel), Maseera, and little babe on the way; son, David (Cindy), and their family, James (Kaari), Molly & Katie, and Justin; daughter, Connie (Henry Judd), and their family, Shiloh (Jeff Conoley), Gabe & Peyton, and Elaina; son, Jeff; daughters-in-law, Barb & Deb; and cousins, Ann & Linda Mueller.
Those we LOVE don’t go away. They FLY beside US EVERY DAY!
A Celebration of Life will be 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the Egg Harbor Town Hall (5242 County I, Sturgeon Bay WI, east of Carlsville). Light snacks--please bring a dish to pass, if you like. Please write a favorite memory of John and MaryAnn to create a memory booklet.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: bookmobiledoorcounty.org, or the Egg Harbor Historical Society: Bookmobile Fund PO Box 264, Egg Harbor, WI 54209.
Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the Enigl family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of John may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.