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Edward Eiche, 81 – All Star Quarterback, Historic Coach

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Edward J. Eiche, 81, Frackville, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning at his residence with his loving family at his side.

Born in Frackville he was the son of the late Howard and Elizabeth Harris Eiche. He had been employed by the former Frackville American Water Works until his retirement. He later was employed as a van driver for Schuylkill IU #29.

He was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Parish, Frackville.

Ed was a 1957 graduate of W. Mahanoy Twp High School where he earned 12 varsity letters during his high school career and was named Outstanding Player of the year in both his junior and senior years.

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He was the quarterback for the All-Star games in 1956 and 1957. After graduation he played semipro baseball for the Lost Creek Rebels for nine years.

His coaching credentials are; assistant coach Shenandoah Catholic H.S 1962-63, head coach 1963-64.

In 1968 he was named the first head coach of both the football and basketball teams of the newly formed Cardinal Brennan High School.

He was also instrumental in forming the Shenandoah Babe Ruth League and later coached the Frackville Teeners. His career as a coach spanned 32 years. In 2011 he was inducted into the Jerry Wolman Northern Anthracite Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by a sister Carol DeAngelo.

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Ed is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara Ann Beacher Eiche, his daughter Kimberly A. Parry, Frackville, his grandchildren; William P. Parry III and his wife Stephanie, Edward J. Parry and his fiancé Allysa Clouse, his great-granddaughter Iris Harper Parry and a sister Janice wife of Dick Witmer, Valdosta, GA

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Frackville. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions, in Ed’s name, be made to the Frackville Teener League.

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