Wilson and AudreyAudrey Eckert
89, of Sugarcreek, died Saturday, March 16, j2013 at 1:13 a.m. in Union Hospital at Dover after a brief illness. Born Sept. 16, 1923 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late John and Elinora (Kohl) Simpson. She was employed at Allied Machine and Engineering during World War II, then worked at Dover Appliance for 17 years and General Electric for two years. She then assisted her husband in the operation of Eckert Ford at Sugarcreek for 34 years. Audrey was a lifetime member of the Ragersville Historical Society, and honorary member of the Sugarcreek Rotary Club where she was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and in 2001 she was honored as Citizen of the year by the Sugarcreek Police Department.
Her husband, Wilson A. Eckert preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1996. She is survived by a brother, John "Jack" Simpson of Pittsburgh and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lillian Erhardt, Ethel Holeczy and Dorathy Jordan.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Ragersville Zion United Church of Christ at Ragersville. Pastor Darcy Miller will officiate and burial will follow in Ragersville Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in the Ragersville Zion United Church of Christ and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek is handling the arrangements. For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home's web site to share a memory and sign the guest register. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ragersville Historical Society at 8800 Crooked Run Rd. SW, Sugarcreek, OH 44681 or Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County at 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.