Vera M. Eckert, 86, Celestine

Vera M. Eckert, 86, of Celestine, died Sunday, October 18, at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in St. Henry August 8, 1934, to Othmar and Alma (Schwinghammer) Bolte. She married Ralph T. Eckert May 30, 1956, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. He died January 3, 2007.

Vera was a graduate of the Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. After graduation she received training to teach the playing of the accordion and taught accordion for Mrs. Campbell’s Accordion Studio in Evansville. She travelled to teach and play accordion at many places in the area, notably for the troops at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky. She played piano for the Dreamlanders band and played at the Jasper Moose and for many weddings and events in the area. She retired from K-Mart in Jasper where she worked for 31 years. She was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church, where she played the organ, and its St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Marcia Helming and husband Eugene and Debbie Hartwick, all of Celestine, and Linda Miller and husband Daniel, Ireland; one son, Brien Eckert and wife Janet, Celestine; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jim (Nancy) Bolte and wife Nancy, Newburgh..

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Jim Hartwick, and one brother, Kenny Bolte.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Isidore Parish members will pray a rosary at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funereal home.  Masks and social distancing are required. The family asks that if anyone doesn’t feel safe, to just pray or send cards and they will understand. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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