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Edward Roesch March 3, 1952 - June 18, 2024

Edward Joseph Roesch

Edward Joseph Roesch, age 72, of University City, MO, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died peacefully on June 18, 2024, with his beloved family at his side.  Ed lived life to the fullest and accepted death with grace and courage.

Born on March 3, 1952 in St. Louis, MO, Ed’s life was defined by his gentle demeanor, kindness and generosity, acceptance of others, and devotion to his faith, family, and friends, as well as his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor.  His family always came first before himself – He loved his family with his whole heart, although fishing was a close second.  He also reveled in decades-long friendships which endured since boyhood.  While he may not have been educated by the Jesuits, he is best defined as truly a man for others.

Ed added value to everything and everyone he encountered, including in his chosen field of information technology, and often told people that he was in computers before computers were cool.  He also was well known for his tireless volunteer efforts and acts of kindness, never saying no to helping anyone – Whatever it was, you could always count on his help.  Some of his volunteer services included Pedal the Cause and the Day of Service at Our Lady of Lourdes, however, Ed spent several years volunteering at Trinity Lutheran Food Kitchen on Tuesday mornings, doing whatever was needed, and serving those in need alongside his friends.

Ed cherished his wife and soulmate Debbie, nee Eilering, whom he married in 1976, and who survives him.  She was his favorite companion, partner, and best friend to travel with through life.  Also surviving are Ed and Debbie’s children, Nicole Roesch-Rundle and her husband Mark Rundle of St. Louis, and Steven Roesch of Swansea, IL; his grandchildren, Clementine ‘Cece’ Roesch, Lillian Rundle, and Charlotte Rundle; a sister, Donna (Chris) Lynch of Dana Point, CA; a brother, James ‘Jim’ (Tanya) Roesch of St. Peters, MO; his sister-in-law Bonnie Eilering of St. Louis, MO; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends like family; and his four-legged friend, Abby.

He delighted in spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.  Ed loved traveling the world, throwing a line in a lake, a good Manhattan, and sitting on his back patio with Debbie.  He was the best husband, father, papa, and friend.  His generosity touched many lives and he will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Ed joins his parents, Edward Roesch and Laverne, nee Rekart, in heaven, as well as his siblings, Kathleen ‘Kathy’ Cash, Patricia Spencer, Ronald Roesch, Donald Roesch, Joan Roesch, Constance ‘Connie’ Roesch, and Sharon Bashwiner, and his in-laws and second parents, Ferdinand ‘Ferd’ Eilering and Lillian, nee Hornak.

Services:  Visitation and funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7148 Forsyth Blvd., University City, MO, 63105.  Visitation from 3:00 to 5:15 p.m. with the Mass to follow at 5:30 p.m.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard Food Pantry, Pedal the Cause, or the American Lung Association.

Visitation and funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7148 Forsyth Blvd., University City, MO, 63105.  Visitation from 3:00 to 5:15 p.m. with the Mass to follow at 5:30 p.m.  Interment will be private.


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    Don and Robbie (Watson) Wallis says

    Only met Ed a couple of times, however his sisters Joan, Sharon and Connie were a large part of my
    family. Joan loved my brother Bob Watson for many, many years and they welcomed Ed to Heaven with
    open arms. This entire family was a blessing to all that ever met them. Prayers and hugs to his family.

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    Paige Banet says

    We are truly sorry for this deep loss. We’ll always remember when Ed was cooking at the Lourde’s fish fry, and when he came walking down Northmoor to our house, asking us to try his new spicey fish recipe! It was awesome. And, I’ll remember the many times I walked by your house and saw Ed loading up his fishing poles.

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    Terry Hawn says

    Debbie and Kids

    Circumstance, life and my own deficiencies got in the way of a good friendship. I am deeply saddened by Ed’s passing. My deepest condolences to you all..I know he will be missed but as long as he lives on in your heart and mind.. he of course will be with you forever.


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    Tom and Tobey Tung says

    Debbie, Steven and Nicole,
    Our deepest condolences. Ed was a truly kind family man!! He also reached out to neighbors with genuine interest. Fond memories include being invited to have dinner there, him socializing with our children, the easter eggs he and Debbie left on our back yard table, and of course the yearly halloween fun. We are thinking about all of you during this time.

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    James N Eufinger says

    I am sorry for your loss. I knew Eddie and his whole family when I was younger. I remember the Christmas’s & Easter’s with all the Eufingers, Fritchies & Roeschs . So many of that group are gone, but I know they were waiting for hi in Heaven. May God bless. Jim Eufinger

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    Lorine Blackmon says

    Debby, Darryl and I are so very sad to hear about Ed’s passing. He was a wonderful person and a very good friend ❤️ love you. I will pray God gives you strength to carry on.

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    Cheryl and Greg Pfleger says

    Dear Debbie and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences. We mostly remember our Halloweens with Ed. How could anyone forget?!? Greg enjoyed his times fishing with Ed. He was a good person and we know he will truly be missed.

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