BARBARA J. ECKRICH, 91, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2013. Born April 6, 1922, in Kalamazoo, Mich., she was the daughter of Sophie and Milton Burke. She proudly served in the Red Cross during World War II in France and Belgium. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Eckrich. She is survived by her eight children, Emily Wright, George (Liliana) Eckrich, Joseph (Jane) Eckrich, Ellen (Vince) Heiny, James (Margaret) Eckrich, Eleanor (Timothy) Bannigan, Louise (Kurt) Ostrow, and Diane Pai; brothers, Jack (Jane) Burke and Howard (Patricia) Burke, 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Mass is 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4525 Arlington Ave., Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Turnstone Center for Children & Adults with Disabilities, 3320 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on July 12, 2013