Moira C. Eisele, 77
Falls Church, Virginia Moira Conway Eisele, age 77, whose husband Albert is a native of Blue Earth, died May 19 after a long illness, at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia. Her husband and two daughters, Catherine (Kitty) Eisele, Washington DC, and Anne Eisele Seitz, Vienna, Virginia, were at her side.
She and Albert, the son of the late Albert and Susan Eisele and a 1954 graduate of Blue Earth High School, were married in September, 1962 in her hometown of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, They lived first in Mankato, where her husband was a newspaper editor, then in St. Paul when he worked for the Dispatch & Pioneer Press.They moved to Washington in 1965 when Albert became a correspondent for Knight-Ridder newspapers.
He later served as press secretary to Vice President Walter Mondale; assistant to William C. Norris, chairman and founder of Control Data Corp.; fellow of the John F. Kennedy Institute of Public Affairs at Harvard; managing director of Cornerstone Associates, a public affairs consulting firm, and editor of The Hill, a newspaper covering Congress and national politics. He also was a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma and at St. John’s University in Collegeville, where he received his B.A. degree in 1958.
Albert’s parents were nationally recognized writers, whose biographies he wrote last year in “Northern Lights, Southern Nights: A Memoir of Writing Parents.”
Moira Eisele was born on Jan. 29, 1939. She earned a B.A. at the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, where she met her future husband at a school dance. She studied at the University of Vienna in Austria, with the Institute of International Education, and earned an M.A. in counseling from the University of Virginia. The Eisele family has lived in Falls Church since 1967.
Moira was an executive with the federal government, as a management trainer for FEMA and the FAA. She was active in her children’s lives as a PTA member, a Girl Scout troop leader and loving mother. After retiring in 2003, she volunteered with Hospice of Northern Virginia and as a teacher of English as a second language for immigrants in the Washington area. She was active in women’s book groups and investment clubs and the lives of her grandchildren, Christopher and Aerin Seitz of Vienna.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters; brothers Judge Dennis D. (Mary) Conway, of Wisconsin Rapids and Gregory B. (Diane) Conway, of Green Bay, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Rose Eisele, of Solon, Iowa; son-in-law, Patrick Seitz, and several nieces and nephews.
Moira’s life was celebrated May 27 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington. In lieu of flowers the family welcomes contributions to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library of Falls Church VA or Catholic Charities USA.