Janet Eckman of Kimball died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at her home with her family at her side after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer. She was 72.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the Kimball Church of Christ with pastors Jon Albert and Jerry Albert officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the services Monday, both at the church. Burial will follow at the Kimball Cemetery.
Janet Leona Eckman was born March 25, 1940, at home in Maine Prairie Township to Marvin and Carrie (Vannurden) Stelton. She graduated from Kimball High School with the Class of 1958, and went on to attend Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis. March 25, 1960, she was united in marriage to Richard Louis Eckman at the Kimball Church of Christ. Janet was a homemaker and helped on the family farm. She also worked for 20 years as a special education para professional at the Kimball Elementary School. The most important relationship in her life was with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She lived out her faith as a member of the Church of Christ in Kimball, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and church pianist; she was also active in the Positive Peace Makers quilting group and making cards for the W.C.O. She enjoyed sewing and needle work, playing the piano, reading, doing puzzles and playing word games. Janet was one of the best huggers ever, and was known for her love for her family and her ministry of encouragement.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents; and infant brother Ronald Stelton.
She is survived by her husband Richard; children and their spouses Shari (and Ed) Goff of Maple Lake, Jed (and Gay Linn) Eckman of Bruce, S.D., Penny (and Robert) Blanchard of Kimball, Melissa (and Geff) Goodfellow of Bruce, S.D., and Faye (and Vern) Nelson of Cokato; sisters Jeanie (and Joe) Froehling of Excelsior, Ruthie (and Ben) Eder of Kimball, and Betty Lou Hoeft of Kimball; 18 grandchildren Adrienne, Justin, Erin, Devin, Dylan, Colton, Kylie, Lane, Weston, Carl, Jace, Cade, Chance, Jake, Carrie. Jubal, Reuben, and JennyGrace; eight great-grandchildren Camden, Ashton, Amelia, Ayden, Paisley, AveryAnn, Jet, and Max; and a host of extended family and friends.
The urn bearer will be her grandson Justin Goff. The Positive Peace Makers will serve as honorary pallbearers. Lori Miller, Tracy Bruns, Joyce Albert and the family will provide the music for the service.
Memorials are preferred to the Kimball Church of Christ Benevolent/Mission Outreach Fund.
Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care, Kimball, www.dingmannfuneral.com.