- September 27, 2021
Todd Kenneth Eicholtz, beloved husband of Karen Eicholtz passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021. He is survived by his four children and their families: Justin Eicholtz and his wife, Stephanie and their two children, Makayla and Charlotte of Utah, Bridgette L. Eicholtz and four boys, Izaiah Cerezo, Zachariah Cerezo, Asher Vasquez, and Josiah Vasquez of Arden, Hannah Northup and her husband, Nate and their two girls, Marcella and Nina, and Isabel Eicholtz of the home.
Todd also is survived by a sister Paula C. Griswold of Hendersonville, a sister Leslie E. Johnson of Charlotte and two stepsisters, Lindsey Stocker of California, and Lesley Stocker of Jacksonville, Florida and a stepbrother, Grant M. Stocker of Germany. Todd also had many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father Kenneth Lyle Eicholtz and mother, Carol Edna Eicholtz, his sister, Wendy Ann Conedera, his stepmother, Karyl K. Eicholtz, and his two nieces, Natalie C. Johnson, and Tonya G. Hanggi.
Todd was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan on March 8, 1962, the youngest of four children to Ken and Carol Eicholtz. He spent his early childhood enjoying the snowy winters of Michigan, ice skating on the lake at his family home, riding their horse, playing with the other animals, and spending time on the construction sites with his dad.
In the early 70’s Todd’s family decided to make a big move to North Carolina. Having vacationed at Spruce Pine, Lake Lure, and the Asheville area for many years, they decided on Hendersonville, where his father relocated his construction business, and had a summer home at Lake Lure. Todd went to Flat Rock Middle school and was active on the football team and spent many years playing baseball. He graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1980 and then went off to Lees-McRae college. But he decided college was not for him and went back to work with his dad building and remodeling homes. After several years, he decided to venture out on his own in construction and built his own business for himself. Todd crafted the art of construction, an artist, with an impeccable work ethic.
Todd loved the building business, but also had a great interest in antiques from being around his mother’s antique business for many years. An opportunity to open a shop in Biltmore came about and he had his first antique store there. By this time, he had remarried to Karen and had their daughter, Isabel . They spent a lot of time helping him at the shop. This was a long drive from their home up in Brightwater, so they relocated the shop to King’s Drive in Hendersonville. Their shop was also open to consignment. Terry Gibbs and his father, Ken put a lot of their antiques in the shop. Todd and Ken spent a lot of time together going to sales and picking up many interesting antiques. Even though this kept him busy, he still did a lot of remodeling on his own house and some jobs for other people. The amount of people seeking his expertise in building became so much that he finally decided to close the antique store and go back to building. His brother-in-law, Rick Griswold worked with him for several years on a lot of his job sites.
He had recently purchased a home in Rumbling Bald at Lake Lure and was working on that when he passed away. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grand-father, and brother. His family misses him dearly and have so many fond and happy memories of him.