Kathleen A. Duffin-Eisenbraun of Paddock Lake, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022.
Kathleen was born on September 14, 1950, to her late parents Peter and Mary Duffin. Kathleen attended Aquinas Dominican High School and St. Xavier University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
On June 25, 1977, Kathleen married Paul Eisenbraun in Palos Park, Illinois. Kathleen and Paul made their life together in Worth, Illinois. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Nicole “Nikki” Eisenbraun, on October 6, 1981. In the late 1980s, Paul, Kathleen, and Nikki moved to Paddock Lake, Wisconsin, where they found fun, great neighbors, family, and a great community. This home became a second home to many of their nieces, nephews, and cousins over the years.
Kathleen will be remembered for her time as a nurse at Ingalls Memorial Hospital and for working with the Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association, including her time as a nurse at the Kenosha County Detention Center. When moving to Wisconsin, Kathleen joined the Salem Rescue Squad and became a Paramedic and EMT for many years. Kathleen also served on the Paddock-Hooker Lakes Association Board for a number of years in various officer roles. Kathleen loved the Chicago Cubs. It was at a Chicago Cubs game that Kathleen suggested to her daughter and another friend that the girls bring the fireworks back to Paddock Lake. This would later create the Paddock Lake Fireworks, Inc.
Kathleen loved getting together with the girls. Whether it was the girls she worked with, the ones from her daughter’s skating days, or just great girlfriends she made over the years. She loved going out to eat and shopping. Over the years, she loved watching Nikki ice skate and further enjoyed her time with her grandkids and their adventures. Kathleen loved weekend trips to Chicago and vacations in Florida and visiting her family in Arizona and Illinois. She longed for warmer weather every winter.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Eisenbraun; her daughter, Nicole “Nikki” Eisenbraun; grandchildren, Zak Eisenbraun and Jadyn Eisenbraun; brother, Michael (Joanne) Duffin, and sister, Rosemary (John) Schmaus. She is further survived by many extended family members including nieces and nephews that hold special memories of her and times at the lake. She is also survived by many family friends she touched over the years, some she considered her bonus children.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary (Zaverousky) Duffin; father, Peter Duffin; and brother, James Duffin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to the “Kenosha County 4-H Goat Project” (26313 75th St, Salem, WI, 53168). Kathleen enjoyed having Jadyn’s goats in the garage and seeing them grow. While she never planned to be “back on the farm” after her childhood, she loved that Jadyn was following her passion and was committed to her animals.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life to be held at their Paddock Lake home in June. More information will be provided by the family when a date is scheduled.