Dolores Eckert

Dolores I. Eckert

1944 - 2013 LEE Dolores Irene Navin Eckert, 69, of Marble Street in Lee, died Sunday, February 24, 2013, after a twelve year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Born in Pittsfield on February 20, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Edward R. (Happy) and Irene C. Burns Navin. She graduated from Lee High School and she later received her Associate's Degree in Business from Fisher Junior College and her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Westfield State College.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Millard R. (Mal) Eckert, whom she married on April 3, 1962, at St. Mary's Church; one son, Edward R. Eckert and his wife Nancy of Lee; two daughters, Darlene A. Moulton and her husband Steven of Windsor and Doreen M. Bartini and her husband Stephen of Lee; one brother, William J. Navin of Lee and one sister, Beverly A. Trombley of Lee; as well as her six grandchildren, John E. Baczek, Jr. and his wife Chelsea of Ormond Beach, FL, Amy M. Baczek, Ryan E., Kathryn M., and Michael J. Eckert, and Vanessa S. Bartini of Lee; one great-grandson, John E. (Tre) Baczek, III of Ormond Beach, FL; her sister-in-law, Dr. Patricia Navin of Ashland, MA and several nieces and nephews.

Dolores was predeceased by her brothers, Edward P. Navin and Robert E. Navin, and her brother-in-law, Robert Trombley.

She retired from KB Toys in 2001 as a Human Resources Supervisor after 25 years of service. Other employment history includes New England Telephone and Telegraph, Berkshire Bank, Zayre Department Store, and several area restaurants.

Her interests included spending quality time with her loving family and friends, reading, vacationing, and volunteer work for the Berkshire United Way, the Lee Historical Society, the Family Patient Advocacy Committee at Berkshire Medical Center, and the local CTSB television station. Dolores was also a District 3 Representative for the Town of Lee. In August 2005, she founded the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Support Group of the Berkshires. At that time she also started a monthly newsletter as the Facilitator/Coordinator and Editor.

In April 2012, Dolores was listed at Massachusetts General Hospital for a bilateral lung transplant; however, she died while waiting for a donor.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral service for Dolores I. Eckert of Lee will be held Friday, March 1st at 11:00 AM at the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee with Pastor Jeff Black officiating. Burial will follow at Fairmont Cemetery in Lee. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, Feb. 28th from 4-7 PM and Friday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, in care of KELLY FUNERAL HOME, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories please visit our website at


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 26, 2013