Eugene F. Kirschbaum, age 95, of Mason City, died Monday, December 15, 2014, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Epiphany Parish Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 North Adams, Mason City, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. A visitation of family and friends will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a Scriptural Wake Service at 6:30 PM, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N Pennsylvania Ave, Mason City. Interment will be at the St. James Catholic Cemetery in Forest City, IA. Eugene F. Kirschbaum was born on the farm November 7, 1919 in rural Woden, IA, to Aloyus and Golda (Gordon) Kirschbaum. He attended Crystal Lake School. Eugene began farming with his father in rural Crystal Lake. He was married to Geneva Gelner on January 3, 1941. They moved to a rural Hanlontown farm in 1944 where he continued to farm and do carpenter work until he retired. They were members of Saint James Parish in Forest City for many years. Geneva passed away in 1982. Eugene enjoyed horses, woodworking, making things with his hands, and making things for his family. He enjoyed his grandchildren. Eugene married Madonna Chodur in 1985. They lived on the farm before moving to Mason City. He is survived by his wife, Madonna, daughter, Linda (Myron) Halvorson, Tolna, ND; daughters-in-law: Catherine of Clear Lake and Gloria of Fertile; 8 grandchildren: Wade (Lisa) Halvorson, Michelle (Terry) Calkins, Melissa (Philip) McHenry, John Kirschbaum, Erik (Brenda) Kirschbaum, Kristen Anderson, John (Kathy) Kirschbaum, Karl (Tisha) Kirschbaum; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Vavrik of Clear Lake; step-children: Sheila, Dennis, Renee, Barbara, Philip, Catherine, Nancy, Jovita, Mary, Joseph, and Jennifer. Eugene is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Geneva; granddaughter, Beth Ann; sons: Edward and Tom; brothers: Ray, Cecil, Vincent; sisters: Darlene and Mae.
Saint James Cemetery, Forest City, Iowa