Charles Fredrick Eiden, age 86, of Cologne, died at his daughter’s home in Cologne on Oct. 3, 2012. He was diagnosed with cancer on Sept.14, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Guardian Angels Catholic Church (218 W 2nd St, Chaska). Visitation was held Friday, 4-8 p.m., prayer service 7:30 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W 3rd Street. Father Al Bachmann was the celebrant. Casket bearers were Ashley, Eric, Jenny and Ethan Eiden, Alycia and Aubrey Woerdehoff, Harry Eiden, John Grams, Joel Hammers and Brian Vos. Interment was at Guardian Angels Cemetery.
Charlie was born April 29, 1926 in Cologne to Gottfried “Fred” and Teresa (Poppler) Eiden. He was one of five children. He was baptized and confirmed at Guardian Angels Catholic Church and graduated from parochial high school at Guardian Angels. Charlie lived an extraordinary life. He milked his own dairy herd until the age of 76. He raised beef cattle through the age of 85 and continued to farm his cropland until his death. He loved and cherished spending time with his family.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Florence, sister, Mary Catherine Hammers, and brothers, Art and Eugene Eiden.
Survivors include his children, Randy (Julie) of Cologne, Allan (Carole) of Cologne, Carole Ann (Jon) Woerdehoff of Cologne, grandchildren, Ashley, Eric, Jenny and Ethan Eiden, Alycia and Aubrey Woerdehoff, sister, Lucille Grams of Hopkins.
Funeral arrangements were with The Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska.