Elizabeth Eckhart

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SIDNEY — Elizabeth L. "Betty" Eckhart, 90, of Sidney, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, at 11:30 p.m. at Arbors West in West Jefferson, Ohio. She had been a resident of this nursing facility since 2014.

Betty Eckhart was born on Nov. 27, 1926 in Shelby County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Adrian and Myrtle (Wilt) Close. On Nov. 27, 1947, she married Melvin A. Eckhart, who preceded her in death on May 5, 2006.

She is survived by two sons, Dale and his wife, Edith Eckhart, of Germany, and Don and his wife, Sue Ellen Eckhart, of Columbus; one brother, Andrew Close, of Sidney; one sister, Martha Plattner, of New Bremen; two grandsons, Greg and his wife, Kim, and Nathan and his wife, Marcy Eckhart, three great-grandchildren, Ella, Leo and Paxton; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Close.

Betty Eckhart was born and raised on a farm on state Route 29 close to McCartyville. She was a 1944 graduate of Anna High School and then was employed as a salesclerk at G. C. Murphy's in Sidney. After her marriage she was a homemaker on Wagner Avenue and later together with Melvin owned and operated a small farm close to Sidney. In 1989 they moved to Gemini Drive. Betty Eckhart was a former President of the Sidney-Shelby County Senior Citizens, and member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where she volunteered for the Church Thrift Store.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 120 W. Water St., Sidney, with the Rev. Jonathan W. Schriber officiating. Burial will follow at Pearl Cemetery in Swanders. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of service at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church and AGAPE Food Pantry.

Condolences may be expressed to the Eckhart family at the funeral home's website,

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Cromes Funeral Home Inc
302 S. Main Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2017