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Margaret Eckenrode

  • On May 16, 2020
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Margaret Eckenrode, age 91 of Canonsburg, passed away
peacefully with her family by her side on May 16, 2020. She was born in Conneaut, Ohio, the daughter of the late John and Angela Berus. Predeceased by her siblings, John, Henry, and Mary. Margaret was married to the love of her life, Jack Eckenrode, for 67
years. She was the mother to 12 healthy children, John (the late Pam), Debbie (Rick) Lawson, Bob (Linda), Tom, Mary (Mark) Mikec, Chuck (Claudia), Cindy (Chuck) Evanoski, Janet (Gary) Wall, Judy (Rob) Asbell, Susie (Dave) Rendulic, Brian (Kelly) and Ken (Kelly). She was an amazing grandmother to 54 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Margaret’s Catholic faith prepared her for a life dedicated to serving others. She lived her faith daily, putting her needs second. She served mass in the mornings while studying at Mercy Hospital school of nursing. After graduating in 1950, she worked as a nurse until she met her favorite patient, Jack Eckenrode. They were married in 1952 and moved to Houston while Jack served in the U.S. Air Force. Together, they started a family and returned to Pittsburgh. Margaret worked at home to raise 12 energetic, kind children. She encouraged them to be outdoors, cherish each other, and learn how to be independent.
She was thrilled to return to nursing when her children grew old enough for school, and worked at Mercy and Canonsburg Hospital. She used her first paycheck to buy a colored TV, because she knew her kids would love it. After many years in Peters Township, Margaret and Jack moved to Greene County, PA and spent 15 years working 225 acres of rolling hills. Margaret grew an amazing garden, loved her farm dogs, and enjoyed walking with Jack in the woods. They made the farm a special place for grandchildren and their huge family to visit, especially during their annual Labor Day Farm party.
Margaret taught her family how to keep moving and stay motivated. She won many cycling medals at the National Senior Games and, despite many injuries, always got back on the bike. She always made time for volunteering, delivering Meals on Wheels, leading many Girl Scout Troops, and for her Catholic parishes.
Margaret made small details important. She sent every single one of her 12 children, their husbands and wives, her 54 grandchildren, and the 26 great grandchildren hand addressed cards for their birthdays and special occasions. She wrote the kindest thank you notes, enjoyed sending emails, covered her house in pictures of her huge family, and made sure anyone felt welcome, especially during the annual Christmas party she planned and looked forward to all year. She kept a busy calendar full of of her grandchildren’s baseball games, swim meets, graduations and concerts. She played bridge with the same friends for nearly 50 years, and made sure those evenings were extra special. She is leaving a legacy of fun, happiness, and faith for all of the people who love her.

A gathering of family and friends will be take place on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 1 PM – 5 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724)-260-5546. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 11 AM at Miraculous Medal Church for immediate family only. Live stream is available at miraculousmedalchurch.org.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to
Canonsburg-Houston Meals on Wheels https://www.cbgministerial.com/donate
South Hills Interfaith Movement https://shimcares.org/ or Canonsburg Senior Rec Center, 30 East Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317.

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15 Comments

Patti Deschamps
  • May 16 2020
I can personally attest to Margaret living her faith when she and Jack opened their Greene County farmhouse to provide lodging for my prison ministry team for a three-day retreat we were doing at Greene SCI. I was also blessed to receive her beautifully hand-written thank you notes for something as small as a box of chocolates sent to her at Christmas. I admired her very much and feel blessed to have known her. Trusting she’s with the Lord and praying for comfort and consolation for her family.
Kevin Campbell
  • May 16 2020
We are praying for all of you during this difficult time. Reading the obituary what an amazing life she lived. Sincerely, Kevin and Crystal Campbell
Kathleen Synnott
  • May 16 2020
Aunt Margaret was always so uplifting to see. She always has a warm smile and remembered what was important to you, despite the many people in her life. I felt her care in every conversation I had with her. She had so much heart and presence. So special. I will miss her. Kathy Synnott
Doug Mazur
  • May 16 2020
Maxine and I were truly blessed to have known Margaret through my Sister Linda and brother in law Bob Eckenrode. When talking to Margaret, she always displayed a kind demeanor and was always interested in anything we ever had to say. She was truly an inspiration to all those lucky enough to have crossed her path. She will be tremendously missed here on Earth but know she is already winning the hearts of all the angels in heaven. We love you Margaret. ❤️❤️❤️
Carmen DiGiacomo
  • May 17 2020
Our condolences to the entire Eckenrode Clan. Margaret was always full of life and forever positive. She will be missed for sure but the warmth of her smile and her infectious energy will be with us forever. Her contributions, along with Jack to the success of the Military Officers Association of America/MOAA (Pittsburgh Chapter) leave a lasting legacy that is now part of our history. Carmen & Dorothy DiGiacomo
Jackie Harvey
  • May 17 2020
We want to extend our sympathy to all the family and friends of Margaret. We were very blessed to have known this vibrant woman. When her wonderful son Bob married my sister Linda, we were honored to have such a super family in our lives. Margaret loved her family and friends as much as they loved her. Jack, you had a great wife and she will surely be missed. Our prayers are with everyone during this time. Love, Bob and Jackie Harvey
Roseann S. Ladeda
  • May 17 2020
Dear
Linda Zimmerman
  • May 17 2020
Our condolences to you all. I enjoyed meeting her at Brandon’s wedding and remember all the kids hoisting her into the air and carrying her around the dance floor. She was truly an inspiration. Much love, Linda (Pam’s cousin) and Greg Zimmerman
Andrea Pitcock
  • May 17 2020
What an amazing women who created wonderful fun filled life. God surely blessed her with a wonderful husband and awesome family.
Eleanor Ammer
  • May 17 2020
God bless you with His peace and comfort at this time and always. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.
Marie and Anne Barsody
  • May 17 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Eckenrode family. Your mom was sweet and interesting. I enjoyed listening to her tell me about her growing up and all of her beautiful children. All of you are so lucky to have a super great mom like her. She's an angel in heaven watching over all of you. God Bless
J.Hicks
  • May 18 2020
The Eckenrode familys son Bob -Ken - Chuck would always regale me with stories of their mother and dad- bike riding- Olympics -always on the go - together Such good examples they both set for those that are watching and learning from them. 67 years of marriage and raising 12 kids says a lot. My prayers are for peace for the entire Eckenrode family and to know in all hearts -all glory is to God
Sharon Lager
  • May 19 2020
Margaret lived a full life and left behind an amazing legacy. She was a truly special lady and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with all of you.
chuck johnston
  • May 19 2020
Heartfelt condolences to Jack, John, Debbie, Bob, Tom, Mary, Chuck, Cindy, Susie, Janet, Judy, Brian, Ken and the entire clan. As a baby boomer growing up on Gateshead Drive, Jack and Margaret had the utmost respect and admiration of the whole neighborhood. The Eckenrode house was overflowing with life and love. To say that Margaret was busy raising children is an understatement, but she made any neighbor kid feel welcome in their home. I have heard it said that the best way to evangelize the Lord Jesus is by the example in which we live our lives. In that case, Margaret hit the bullseye. That all 12 children have become such wonderful adults is a testimony to the love and devotion to God that Jack and Margaret applied to their lives. As followers of Jesus, we know the separation is temporary and Margaret is in the loving hands of God for eternity. May God continue to bless and comfort the Eckenrode clan.
Bruce Johnston
  • Aug 3 2020
The Eckenrode family and Mrs. (and Mr.) Eckenrode were wonderful friends and neighbors in Peters Twp for me and my family. Mrs Eckenrode actually was also a cub scout den mother too! The Eckenrodes were enthusiastic for not only their children but for their children's friends in the neighborhood. I am sad that Mrs. Eckenrode has passed but I remember fondly all the great things and memories with the Eckenrodes. God bless you and encourage you with His power and promise of the Resurrection.
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