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Age 84 of Greendale, WI passed away in his home on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Born in Minneapolis, MN on January 29, 1938. Eric was the first of two children born to Carl and Rose Sundquist. He was very proud of the fact that his father was a first-generation immigrant from Sweden, who came to the US through Ellis Island. As a result, his Swedish heritage was very important to him.

Eric graduated from Southwest High School is 1955. He excelled on the hockey team, where highlights included scoring the game winning goal which led to the State Tournament Finals. An even bigger highlight from high school was on graduation night he began dating Diane. He knew very quickly that she was the one.

They went on to attend the University of Minnesota together. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1959. As a senior in college, Eric and Diane married on September 5, 1958. Sharing his life with her was his greatest joy.

For over 33 years, Eric worked in the mortgage lending business for Fleet Mortgage Corporation, finishing his career as Senior Vice President in 1995.

Eric enjoyed many hobbies outside of work, especially tennis and swimming at the Village Club, family ski trips and fishing with the guys.

Eric and Diane went on to have three daughters and finally broke the mold with the birth of a son.  He was always his kids’ biggest fan. He helped coach his son in baseball and tennis and was equally as excited to watch his daughter’s pom pon and cheer routines. This support continued with each of his grandchildren.

Eric always had a passion for travel and believed it to be the best education. He always considered himself fortunate to have visited many of the most beautiful places. Because he thought that travel broadened your view of the world, he wanted to share this with his seven grandchildren. Eric and Diane took each of them on an individual trip to Europe.

Upon retirement, Eric and Diane split their time between Greendale and Scottsdale. Their Arizona home was always welcoming to family and friends. His grandchildren have many treasured memories of family times shared there. Eric was blessed with three great-grandchildren who will come to know him through The Cactus Hotel. To Eric, retirement meant more time to travel, more time to golf and more time to enjoy happy hour watching the sun set.

Eric will always be remembered for leading by example. His family will be forever grateful for his unconditional love.

Eric is survived by his loving wife Diane. Cherished children: Linda (Randy) Reese, Lori (Jay) Smith, Deborah (Jay) Cates and Jon (Allison). Adored grandchildren: Kelly Reese (JP Monte Carlo) David (Morgan) Reese, Jeff (Haley) Smith, Emily Smith, Blake Cates, Devin Cates and Jack Sundquist. Great-grandchildren: Anastasia Monte Carlo, Jett Monte Carlo and Beckett Reese. Sister: Ingrid (Keith) Swanson.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 14th, at St. Stephen the Martyr Lutheran Church (6101 S. 51st. St. Greendale) starting at 3pm. Celebration of life will follow from 4:30 – 7:00PM at Tuckaway Country Club, 6901 W Drexel Ave.

Memorials to the family will be used for the installation of a flag pole in downtown Greendale. It will be located beside the Historic Hose Tower as a permanent contribution to the hometown he loved. We can’t think of a better way to honor Eric’s love of our country and his daily flying of the American Flag. Donations can also be made to St. Stephen the Martyr Lutheran Church, Greendale, WI or Living Water Lutheran Church, Scottsdale, AZ.

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  1. Peggy Bengson July 12, 2022 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Diane and family,

    Please accept our condolences and prayers on Eric’s passing. What a great guy to know—he always had a smile on his face, every time we saw him. Diane, you know how special you are to us; you were one of the first people we met at Ancala in Scottsdale and we have remained friends ever since!
    We hope all the special memories of Eric and your times together, as well as the caring of others, will help bring some comfort in the days ahead.

    We love you so much,
    Peggy & Mike Bengson

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