Barbara Eischens-Gunter

With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Barbara Eischens-Gunter, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Barb passed away on July 5, 2023, after a valiant and courageous nine-month battle with Stage 4 Colon Cancer at the young age of 56 years old.

Born in Park Rapids, Minnesota, on January 13, 1967, Barb was the cherished daughter of the late Leonard and Audrey (Kolarsky) Eischens. Growing up on a farm just outside of Park Rapids with her six siblings, Barb’s spirited nature and zest for life were evident from a young age. As a middle child, she was greatly influenced by her older siblings and fearlessly embraced their mischievous adventures. From swimming in leech-infested creeks to sliding down manure piles on feed sacks, Barb was always ready to join in on the fun. As a responsible older sister, she frequently cared for her three younger siblings and lovingly shared a double bed with her youngest sister until the older children moved out.

Barb embraced life with boundless joy and an adventurous spirit. Exploring the world, whether it was traveling to distant lands or enjoying the serenity of Oak Island, North Carolina’s sandy shores, which brought her immense happiness. Her creative spirit found expression through crafting, where she produced magnificent works of art through scrapbooking or creating decorations for her children’s/grandchildren’s birthdays and weddings.  She also had a love for sports. You could often find her and Keith at Clemson during football season tailgating with friends or traveling to other states to watch various sporting events.

However, above all else, Barb’s heart belonged to her family and friends. Every precious moment spent with her children, grandchildren, and siblings were treasured beyond measure. Barb’s unwavering care and compassion knew no bounds, as she consistently went above and beyond for those she loved, including mischievously trying to surprise visit those she loved. Her genuine kindness, deep empathy, and unconditional love left an indelible mark on the lives of many.

Alongside her personal interests, Barb had a deep commitment to helping others. She dedicated her time to various non-profit organizations, including Labor of Love Transport Rescue and Greenville County Animal Care, where she fostered numerous dogs. However, her strongest calling came through founding a chapter of Best Christmas Ever in Simpsonville, SC, following the tragic loss of her grandson Lucas to cancer. Barb’s dedication to providing joy and support to families in need during the holiday season showcased her selflessness and compassionate nature.

Barb is survived by her loving husband, Keith, and their children: Erica Valenti (Justin), Kyle Mikesh (Alisha), Kilee-ann Luna (Mike), Jaymee Gunter, and Zachary Gunter. She will forever be remembered as a devoted grandmother to Mason Valenti, Madilyn Valenti, Leo Mikesh, Ava Luna, and Jase Luna. Additionally, she is survived by her three sisters, three brothers, 15 nieces and nephews, and her fur baby, Renfrow. Barb was preceded in death by her beloved grandson, Lucas Mikesh.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made in Barb’s honor to Best Christmas Ever, an organization close to her heart. Contributions can be sent to: P.O. Box 439, Cloquet, MN 55720.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 2nd, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at 31427 Mallard Bay Rd, Park Rapids, MN 56470. Let us gather to honor Barb’s remarkable life, share cherished memories, and find solace in the love and support we can offer one another during this difficult time.

Condolences to the family of Barbara Eischens-Gunter

  • Margie Gunter
    10 months ago

    Im so sorry. I lost my dad feb, 1st n it still hurts knowing he is gone.

  • Tracy McLoughlin
    10 months ago

    This breaks my heart! Barb was one of the very first people I met when I moved to South Carolina. We roomed together by chance at a scrapbook event and stayed friends ever since. I will miss her tremendously. She was a beautiful person.

  • Janet Eischens
    10 months ago

    May Barb rest in peace! My deepest sympathies to her family. Let her live on in our memories. 💐💐💐

  • Glenda Slattery
    10 months ago

    I am so very sorry for your family’s loss.

  • barbara jones
    10 months ago

    Barb was such an awesome friend. My first real friend when I moved to SC. She helped get me a position at Curly Willow Designs where we worked together for several years. Barb was an adventurous person and not afraid of a challenge. My heart goes out to all of her family. She loved you all dearly. She also loved Clemson Tigers. Rest peacefully Barb! I love you.

  • Mary Ann Jensen
    10 months ago

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Barbara. In past years she attended our Southern Scrapbookers Crop for a Cure scrapbooking events down here near Charleston for the benefit of American Cancer Society. Prayers for all of you.

  • Susan Rumpca
    10 months ago

    I’m sorry to hear this news. I met Barb around 45 years ago at 4-H camp. She was so fun and lively! My sympathy to Barb’s family and friends.

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