PATRICIA ANN (KELSO) ECKERT

Patricia Ann (Kelso) Eckert, 86, of Dana Hill Road died peacefully at home on October 27, 2017 after a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Norristown, PA on August 4, 1931, to Samuel and Mary (Weinsteiger) Kelso, she was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy, Chestnut Hill, PA, and Peirce School of Business Administration, Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a secretary until she married James H. Eckert in 1955, and they settled in Collingswood, NJ, where she stayed at home to raise their three children. In 1971, after living briefly in Holland, she encouraged her family to move to the place she loved best, New Hampshire, and spent the rest of her life in New Hampton. She enjoyed working as an administrative assistant at Rockywold Deephaven Camps in Holderness, and volunteering at Speare Hospital and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Her faith was strong, and she greatly valued her friends and the support of the Catholic community of St. Agnes in Ashland, NH.

Over the years, she balanced countless demands with grace and with a laugh that lifted our spirits and carried near and far. She was funny, warm, and caring; loved her family, especially her grandchildren; and offered respect and an open heart to everyone she met. She loved to read, knit, paint, quilt, sew, garden, have her house in order, and visit with her family, extended family, friends, and neighbors. She had a remarkable capacity to make everyone who showed up feel welcome and accepted. Most often you could find her in her hammock on the front porch, reading and watching the birds, ready to offer anyone who stopped by a glass of her delicious iced tea, a chance to talk about everything under the sun, and lots and lots of laughter.

She was predeceased by her husband, James H. Eckert and is survived by her brother, Reverend Francis E. Kelso of New Hampton; her children, Mary Kae and husband Michael Brown of Concord, Clare and husband Chris Woods of Plymouth, and Jim Jr. and wife Debby Hearne of New Hampton; grandsons, Nick Brown and fiancée Lucienne Dubois of Wolfeboro, Sam Brown of Concord, and Caleb, Noah, Toby and Gabe Eckert of New Hampton; and finally, great-granddaughter Genevieve Patricia Brown, who brightened her day.

There are also countless nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends whom she loved. We will miss her warmth, advice, wisdom and kindness.

The family is grateful to the Newfound Area Nursing Association and the devoted friends and neighbors who helped care for Pat during her last few weeks in the peace and comfort of her home – we truly could not have done it without their help.

Calling hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Avenue, Ashland, NH, Friday, November 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. A mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Agnes Church, 19 Hill Avenue, Ashland, NH on Saturday, November 11, at 11 AM, followed by burial at Green Grove Cemetery, Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newfound Area Nursing Association at NANA, 214 Lake Street, Bristol, NH 03222, www.nanainc.org; or to Catholic Charities, 215 Myrtle St, Manchester, NH 03104.