Mary L. Eckert
JANESVILLE—- Mary L. Eckert, age 76, of Janesville, died on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at her home with her family by her side. She was born in Whitewater on Sept. 17, 1935, the daughter of Richard and Anna (McCune) Ardelt. Mary was Junior Prom Queen at Whitewater High School and graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1956. She married Donald J. Eckert on Aug. 4, 1956 in Whitewater, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2009, after 53 years of marriage. She had been employed by Mercy Hospital and then chose to stay at home and raise their 8 children. Mary later worked for Cedar Crest, Dr. Zenk, Parkside Lodge and Kealey Drug. She was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and had formerly been the treasurer for the Mercy School of Nursing. Mary loved spending time with her family, participating in faith sharing and her Rosary groups. She enjoyed several trips with Don and her family to visit loved ones. Mary’s other interests included reading, refinishing furniture and volunteering to help others.
Mary is survived by her 8 children: Don (Tessie) Eckert, Jr. of Guam, Dick (Mary) Eckert of Green Bay, Bill (Mary) Eckert, Tom Eckert, Ann Bennett and Mary (Jim “Boz”) Bosben all of Janesville, Theresa (Eric) Guelker of Sun Prairie and Mike (Amy) Eckert of Milton; 22 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant child, Francs; 2 brothers, Don (Katie) and Jack (Doris) Ardelt; and son-in-law, Rusty Bennett.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at ST. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH with Fr. William Nolan, Fr. Tony Clark SVD, Fr. James Kuhn and Fr. David Timmerman concelebrating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Whitewater at a later date. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. Lasting Memorials may be made to Pro Life Wisconsin or ECHO.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Horton and the staff of Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospice Care especially Angie and Lisa, and the staffs of Cedar Crest and Select Specialty Hospital for the loving care given to Mary and her family.