Dorothy A. Eckel

Dorothy A. Eckel, of Newton Township, died Wednesday evening at her home.

Her husband of 55 years was the late Fred W. Eckel, who died in 1992.

Born in Scranton, she was a daughter of the late John and Ethel Stevens Boettger. She worked for more than 47 years for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, retiring as manager of the Scranton office of the Bureau of Employment Security. While there, she inspired and encouraged many people to persevere and live up to their potential.

She was a proud member of Countryside Community Church and Hickory Street Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of Central High School and Lackawanna Business College.

She and her husband, Fred, loved to travel and visited all 50 states as well as Europe. Dorothy was the matriarch of Fred W. Eckel & Sons Farms, where she will be deeply missed by all of those who were involved. She was a warm and loving friend to everyone she knew.

Her son thanks Dr. Ruppenthal and her caregiver, Josie Sands, for the compassionate care they gave Dorothy.

She was preceded in death by a son, Frederick Douglas, who died in 2006; brother, Robert Boettger; sister, Thelma Boettger; and stepfather, William Swineford.

Surviving are a son, Keith, with whom she resided, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit, with services by the Rev. Dr. J. P. Duncan, pastor. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, or on Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Interment will follow in Newton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy's name may be made to Countryside Community Church Building Fund.

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Funeral Home

Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home
418 S. State St.  Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Published in Times Leader on Apr. 27, 2013