Agnes Egsti

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News

GOSHEN, IND. — Agnes Weaver Eigsti died at Greencroft senior residences in Goshen, Ind., Feb. 16, 2010. 

She was born on the tenth day of the 10th Month (October) of the 10th year of the 20th century (1910), living into her 100th year (2010). The birth took place on a farm east of Goshen on County Road 34, the same road a few miles away from her father’s birthplace and her grandfather’s farm, whose name, “Joseph Weaver, 1888,” is still to be seen on the roof of the barn.

She spent her early years in Goshen, moved with her family to Oregon as a teenager, then returned to Goshen, where she graduated from Goshen High School in 1928.  She attended Goshen College, receiving her bachelor of arts degree in 1932. In 1936, she was married to Dr. O.J. Eigsti, also a Goshen College graduate, and subsequent developer of the seedless watermelon. They were married for 67 years and lived in many places during that time — Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, N.Y.; Norman, Okla.; Evanston; Normal; and Chicago.

In 1952, Dr. Eigsti received a Fulbright Lectureship to Pakistan and India, where they lived for a year, returning to the U.S. by way of Belgium, and Switzerland, where they also lived in the fall of 1953. From 1960 to the mid-70s, Agnes was the head of the Parasitology Laboratory at General Biological Supply House in Chicago while her husband was a professor at Chicago State University.

They retired to the Weaver Family farm 1 mile east of Goshen on Route 4 and later moved to College Green in Goshen. In their later years, Agnes and O.J. spent six months of every year at La Posada in Green Valley, Ariz., where they owned a home.

The Eigstis were benefactors to Goshen College, donating The Eigsti Track and Field Complex and contributing to the construction of the Goshen College Music Center. Agnes was also a benefactor to the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. She was pre-deceased by Dr. Eigsti, who died in May of 2003.

She is survived by her brother, Robert of Waldron Island, Wash.; two sons, Karl of New York City and Nick of Sarasota, Fla.; three grandchildren, Gregor of Lakewood, Colo., Christian of Hyde Park, Mass., and Geoffery of Plant City, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren, Jake, Nathaniel, Amelia and Cathryn.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, P.O. Box 263, Wolf Lake, Ind.  46796. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com. Arrangements are being handled by Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen, Indiana  46526.