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1936 Mary 2022

Mary C. Eckert

September 9, 1936 — January 31, 2022

Librarian. This one word describes the life of Mary Catharine Eckert, nee Meyer. Mary loved the Millstadt Library and devoted her life to it. As a member of the Millstadt Civic Club, she was one of the core founders that started the Millstadt Library in the early 1960’s.

Mary was born on September 9, 1936 in Belleville, IL. She married the love of her life, James Oliver Eckert on June 22, 1957. Together they built their home in the country surrounded by trees and wildlife. Deer found a safe haven on their sanctuary. Mary enjoyed watching the wildlife activity from her kitchen window.

Mary is survived by her brother-in-law, Earl Eckert, her nieces and nephews; Marlou Eckert (Mark Raeber), Royann Touchette (James Touchette), Randy Eckert (Donna Eckert), Diane Kern (Ken Kern), and Nancy Eckert (Glen Eckert), Gordon Meyer III (Jean) and Debbie Perez (David Perez) and sister-in-law Norma Meyer, many great-nieces and nephews and great great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband James, her parents, Gordon and Leda Meyer, a brother, Gordon Meyer, Jr., and stepsisters, Frances and Alta Lee, nephews Glen Eckert (2015) and James Touchette (Oct. 2020) and niece Tracy Meyer.

Mary was an active member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt and a past member of the Millstadt Civic Club and Floraville Grange.

A private family service will be held on Wednesday February 9, 2022 at Hoffen Funeral Home in Millstadt, with Rev. Darryl Weber and Rev. Matt Friz, co-officiating. Mary will be laid to rest next to her husband, James at Frievogel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Evangelical Chuch in Millstadt, IL.

Hoffen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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