Getting to Know You!

Each month we’ll feature a St. John’s member so we can get to
know each other better. 

Getting to Know You:

Ed, Jess, Sam, Mollie,
and Emmeline Eisenhauer

Ed and Jess have been married for over 18 years
and have a fun story of how they met … in
Las Vegas! Ed was a captain in the Air Force,
stationed at Nellis AFB. Jess had moved to
Las Vegas to complete an internship for her degree
in occupational therapy and stayed after she got an
OT job with the Las Vegas School District. Ed got an electrical engineering degree from Embry Riddle in Prescott, Arizona, and after being commissioned started working in Air Force civil engineering doing facilities- and construction-related jobs. They dated for three months before Ed moved to South Korea for a year during which they continued a (VERY!) long-distance relationship. Long story short, they decided to get married before Ed moved to his next duty station at Aviano Air Base in northern Italy. Jess finished her Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education online while living there, along with learning as much Italian as she could from their “Italian family” who lived below them.

After Italy, Ed separated from the Air Force, and they moved back to Vegas. When Jess was pregnant with Sam, timing was right to go “home” to Wisconsin, where amazingly both of their families were from. Ed found a job at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee, where his current position is an occupational safety & health specialist. Jess decided to enjoy being a mom to the fullest and stayed home with the kids until they were school aged. She currently works as a classroom assistant in a 3K program, and also enjoys tutoring children with dyslexia.

Sam will be a freshman in high school and likes spending time with his friends, playing on his Xbox, and playing volleyball and baseball. Emmeline and Mollie will be in 6th grade. Although they look different and have very different personalities – and don’t always want to be twins – they both enjoy all types of farm animals, especially horses, as well as art and photography.

The Eisenhauer family loves to take long and short road trips, and discover new places. They’re always looking for lesser-known places of interest and fun adventures. They like to camp and visit national parks, or just have campfires in their backyard.

Ed and Jess came to St. John’s not long after they moved back to Wisconsin. The kids enjoy being involved with various church activities, and they’re all happy to call St. John’s their church home.

“Fun” Facts:

  • What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – except for what the Eisenhauer’s want to share about their life there. All you have to do is ask!
  • Ed and Jess like to say they enjoyed a three-year honeymoon while stationed in Italy, traveling as much as they could throughout the country and Europe.
  • All in the family: Jess’ great-uncle Ray Wiechman was a longtime member of St. John’s.
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