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Shirley Rea Eckenberger

1940 - 2019
Shirley Rea Eckenberger Obituary
Shirley Rea


March 1, 1940 - Nov. 22, 2019

SOUTH BEND, IN - Shirley Rea (Fulcher) Eckenberger, 79, passed peacefully on Friday, Nov. 22 in South Bend with her family around her.

She was born on March 1, 1940 in Sebree, Webster County, Kentucky to Aubrey and Mary Jo (Franklin) Fulcher, both of whom preceded her in death.

She married William “Bill” Eckenberger. They were married 43 years when he preceded her in death.

She lived most of her 79 years on the south side of South Bend. She attended Riley High School. During her lifetime she worked for a variety of companies including Ball Band Corp., TempCor, and many years housekeeping. She earned her real estate license was a realtor for Cressy and Everett. She also enjoyed working at the South Bend FOP bingo hall for several years. In the 1960s, she and her husband both raced stock cars at South Bend Motor Speedway. She was a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association for 25 years, and served as the state and national Teen Director for the organization during the 1980s. Over the years, for fun, she participated in leagues for bowling, softball, and darts.

Shirley was most proud of her family. Surviving are her five children, Marcia (Kurt) Keiser of Fort Collins, CO, Rick Eckenberger and Brenda (Greg) Lilves of North Liberty, Lori (Mike) Cook of Louisville, KY, and Lisa (Dan) O'Berry of Street, MD. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Rodney (Kelly) Eckenberger of South Bend, Audra (Trey) Brickner of Fort Collins, CO, Kelly Hostetler of Wyatt, Nicholas (Nadine) Keiser of Switzerland, Kyle (Nancy) Lilves of Bremen, Jamie (Ryan) Harris of Mishawaka, Eric Eckenberger of South Bend, Joshua and Ashley Cook of Louisville, KY, Emma and Hannah O'Berry of Street, MD, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Shirley also is survived by her brother, David Fulcher of Slidell, LA, and several cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews. Her sisters, Mary Lou and Sharon Fulcher preceded her in death. Her loving companion dog Casper also will mourn her loss.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Ave., South Bend on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. To leave an online condolence, please visit our website at www.zahoran.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Center for Hospice Care or the Humane Society of St. Joseph County.

Shirley's cremated remains will be interred at Sumption Prairie Cemetery in South Bend.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 24, 2019
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