Beatrice G. "Betty" Eckman, 83, a resident of the Bradford Nursing Pavilion and formerly of Corry, died at the Bradford Regional Medical Center on Friday (July 6, 2012).
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She was born in Warren, on Feb. 24, 1929, a daughter of the late Francis and Mabel Rhoades Wolbert. On June 30, 1945, in Irvine, she married Lawrence E. Eckman, who died Jan. 16, 1995.
Betty was raised and educated in Pittsfield. Following her marriage, she moved to Corry. She had worked at Leed's Dress Shop, was a waitress at several restaurants, and then worked at G. C. Murphy, all in Corry. Her main priority was raising and caring for her family. Betty and her husband were foster parents for several children over the years. She had lived in Bradford for the past 10 years.
She was a member of St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church in Corry and St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church in Bradford.
Betty is survived by two daughters, Lauren (Larry) Sperry of Bradford and Cheryl (John) Stadalnikas of Pittsburgh; four sons, Joseph (Kathy) Soboleski and Tom (Marsha) Eberle, both of Erie, Greg (Vicki) Kassick of Franklin, and Eric Diemer of Meadville; six grandchildren, Jason Sperry, Laree Sue Moonan, James Stadalnikas, Rebekah Eberle, Scott Kassick and Missy Wiestling, three great-grandchildren; Kyle Thiel, Jake Sperry and Rei Sperry; a sister, Margaret Williams of Corry; and a brother, Harold Wolbert of Pittsfield; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sons, John Lawrence Eckman in infancy, Bruno Soboleski and George Eberle and a brother William Wolbert.
Friends are invited to call at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon, at which time the funeral service will be held with the Rev. Leo Gallina of Erie officiating. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Corry.
Memorials may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glennwood Avenue, Bradford, Pa. 16701.
Published in The Bradford Era from July 9 to July 16, 2012