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Obituary: Joel “Ike” Eiserman

Published in The Daily News of Newburyport on April 30, 2018

Hampton, NH – Joel “Ike” Eiserman lost his three-year battle with ALS on April 29, 2018.

He was born in Highwood, Illinois, on August 13, 1943, to the late Jobbie and Ellen Eiserman. He grew up in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and “came east” to attend Dartmouth College, where he played football. Following his graduation, in 1965, he started his Naval career that included 26 years of service, both active and reserve, ultimately retiring as a Navy Captain. He met and married his wife Rachel while stationed in Newport, R.I., and they moved to Newburyport in 1970, where they raised their two sons, Bill and Bob Eiserman.

Following active duty, he enjoyed a successful career in the computer software industry working for both PeopleSoft and Oracle. He continued his education receiving an MBA from Boston College, and a master’s degree in Information Systems from Bentley College.

He loved his family and was so proud of his two sons and seven grandchildren, who he always bragged about to everyone he met. As his health failed, he missed seeing his grandchildren participate in their sports and school events but would look forward to a report on the event or the ability to watch their games online.

Ike is survived by his wife, Rachel; sons, Bill and wife Dianne, Bob and wife Marci of Newburyport; his grandsons, Billy Jr. , Chris and his wife Samantha, Shane, Cole and Caden; his granddaughters, Kenzie and Adeline; his brothers, Jerry and wife Trish of McHenry, Illinois, Kenny and wife Mary Anne of Libertyville, Illinois; and sister Jo Ellen Anderson and husband Randy of Burlington, Wisconsin.

Family and friends are invited to his funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery both in Newburyport. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950 is assisting Mr. Eiserman’s family with his funeral arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

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