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Marceliene Mae Eckhart

April 2, 1922 - August 20, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Marceliene Mae Eckhart

Marceliene Mae Eckhart

Born: April 2, 1922
Died: August 20, 2018
Age: 96

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Marceliene Mae Eckhart, the daughter of William and Marie Marcks Garnjobst, was born April 2, 1922, in Crofton, Nebraska.  Her early education started in a country school three miles from her home.   The first couple of years she got to and from school by riding a horse behind her uncle, but when he graduated from 8th grade and started high school in Crofton, she no longer had a ride.  The solution was the purchase of a big brown horse that was awfully big to her and didn't really like going to school. The horse quickly learned that he could get Marceliene off by going into the ditch and rubbing up against the fence.  That left Marceliene in the dirt on the other side of the fence.  Once accomplishing that, the horse would turn around quickly and trot home leaving Marceliene to walk the rest of the way to school and then back home after school.  What changes Marceliene saw in her 96 years.

            When the family farm was lost during the Great Depression, the family moved to Spencer, IA, to live with Marceliene's Aunt Annie and Uncle Ernie Schoning for a time.  She completed her education and graduated from Spencer High School.  After graduating, she worked for the law offices of Cornwall and Avery.

            On November 16, 1941, Marceliene married Rufus Eckhart in Spencer, IA.  The attack on Pearl Harbor shortly thereafter sent them off to spend four yours in the service.  Rufus spent his time in the United States Army stationed at Camp Crowder, MO, while Marceliene spent her time as the secretary of the U.S.O. - Y. M. C. A. Club in Joplin, MO.

            After spending a number of years in the South working various jobs, Rufus and Marceliene moved back to Spencer in 1953 and built the South “T” Motel.  When they determined that they were not cut out to be in the motel business, the motel was sold and they started farming just south of Spencer.  Later Marceliene purchased and operated the Spencer Loan and Abstract company.  When she retired and sold that business, she found something to do by becoming the secretary and bookkeeper for her son, Michael Eckhart, at the Eckhart Construction Company.

            Marceliene had many things she loved to do.  She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer, serving with a number of ladies' groups within the church.  One of her favorite things was to decorate the altar for special occasions and holidays. She was, also, an active member of the Clay County Garden Club and served as treasurer for many years.  She helped organize the Floriculture exhibits and used her creative talents designing tables and niches at the Clay County Fair up until this year.  Through all these years, Rufus and she would not miss dancing at the Woodcliff and other venues in the area.

            On Monday, August 20, 2018, Marceliene passed away in Sioux Falls, SD, at the age of 96.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

            Left to cherish her memory are children and their spouses: Vicki and Christopher Sylvia of Las Vegas, NV; Michael and Sharon Eckhart of Spencer, IA; Keith and Mary Ann Eckhart of Newton, IA; 6  grandchildren: Kristi (Eric) Wittrock; Heather (Jean McComsey) Eckhart; Heath (Resa) Eckhart; Alex (Lacey) Congdon; Jeremy (Angie) Johannsen; Eric (Megan) Johannsen; 13 great-grandchildren: Echo, Zoe, Maxwell, Cole, Kathryn, Luke, Ella, Emma, Melody, Elliott, Dakota, Skyler, and Justin: one brother and his wife; Roger and Sue Garnjobst of Pensacola, FL: one sister-in-law; Corrine King of Lakefield, MN; as well as other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 27th, 2018 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Heather Eckhart
Kristi Wittrock
Heath Eckhart
Alex Congdon
Jeremy Johannsen
Eric Johannsen
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.
"Amazing Grace"
"My Chains Are Gone" by Heath, Ella & Emma Eckhart & Luke & Kathryn Wittrock

"The Old Rugged Cross"
By Heath Eckhart
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:44 PM
“Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I extend my sympathy to you and your family.”
- Jeri Potter
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7:47 AM
“Mike Vicki and Keith, We are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Marceliene while growing up around your family. Fond, fond memories indeed. God bless Marceliene's journey onward.”
- Bill Campion and sibs.
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 2:25 PM
“Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts an prayers are with you and yours at this difficult time. She was an amazing woman, and lived a very full life. She will be missed.”
- Steve and Laura Garnjobst
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 4:55 PM
“I so very much enjoyed Marceline in the Clay County Federated Garden Club. ”
- Sue Biederman
Friday, August 24, 2018 at 7:20 PM
“Keith, Mike, Vickie and families, we offer our condolences on the loss of Marce. Our folks were close friends those many years ago and Rufus and my dad were in the motel business together. I remember your mother as a kind lady with a great laugh. May your memories and faith sustain you through this time of grieving.”
- Doug Jones
Friday, August 24, 2018 at 3:22 PM
“I have always seen Marce as a very special person. She had such exuberance for life, especially around her grandchildren and great grand children, and they could see it and responded with joy. I shall miss her on my next visit to Iowa. She always made certain I got something made with rhubarb. Father Tom Mann told me when his own mother passed away, “The world is never the same when your mother is gone.” As a family and individually, I offer my prayers, sympathy and condolences. “May the angels lead her into paradise...””
- Thomas Baxter
Friday, August 24, 2018 at 11:01 AM
“We were saddened to hear of the loss of Marce. We enjoyed her and Rufus as lake neighbors for 30 years. They raised a wonderful family, she will be missed. ”
- John & Luann Maletta
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8:04 AM
“Our condolences for your loss of Marceliene. Always admired her strength and perseverance. She will surely be missed! Mark & Sue”
- Sue Hallett
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8:04 AM
“My heart broke this week when we lost Grandma Marce. I’ll forever cherish all my memories of her, especially listening to her sing, “Would you like to swing on a star?” to my kids. They had the best great-grandma ever. She’s our star in the sky now.”
- Angie Johannsen
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:01 AM
“My condolences and prayers to the family! May she Rest In Peace! ”
- Raquel Gonzalez
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:01 AM
“Marcie was a special person, I enjoyed listening to her stories. She struggled the last few months, but was always happy to see us. Keeping her family in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Home Instead Senior Care
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 9:46 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about your loss! She and Rufus were great neighbors to us at the lake! She was always so proud of her children blessings!”
- Jaanice meyer
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 4:25 PM
“I was so sorry to hear of the lose of Marcie. She was an awesome lady and a very special friend. I'm so blessed to have had her in my life. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”
- Sarah Johnson
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