Eleanor J. Eckelkamp, 81 , of Washington, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield. Eleanor was born January 9, 1938, the daughter of the late Cornelius Frankenberg and his wife Clara NEE Toben. On August 3, 1957, she married the love of her life, William O. Eckelkamp at St. Francis Borgia Church. They were blessed with three children. Eleanor loved being with her family. She especially loved making cookies with her grandchildren. Eleanor loved collecting Precious Moments, traveling with Bill, and crocheting baby hats for the NICU at Mercy Hospital, where she had made more than 4000. She also volunteered for the Easter Seals/Cerebral Palsy for over 20 years and enjoyed tracing her family history. Eleanor was a member of the Washington Fire Dept Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, St. Francis Borgia Ladies Sodality, and the St. Francis Borgia Church.
Among her survivors are her husband of 61 years, William O. Eckelkamp of Washington; Son, Jeff Eckelkamp and wife Lisa of Krakow; daughter, Jenny Sowa and husband Tony of Washington; sister, Catherine Frankenberg of Washington; eight grandchildren, Todd Eckelkamp and wife Mindi of Krakow, Jacob Eckelkamp, Jessica Maune and husband Kyle of New Haven, Tanya Sowa and fiance Mark Schnelt of Columbia, Michelle Stump and husband Gabe of Kansas City, Miranda Sowa of Kansas City, Sam Eckelkamp of Augusta, and Patrick Eckelkamp of Manhattan, KS; three great-grandchildren, Makenna Eckelkamp, Logan Maune, and Samantha Maune; In-Laws, Charles Eckelkamp and wife Dorothy, Betty Bueker, Marilyn Eckelkamp, Jane Rembusch, and Dixie Eckelkamp; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Johnny Eckelkamp; two sisters, Laverne Peters and Alice Lefholz; brothers and sisters in law, Rich Peters, Sonny Lefolz, Earl Eckelkamp, Bob Bueker, Dwaine Rembusch, Gene Eckelkamp, Wilbert and Geneva Witthaus, and Jerome Eckelkamp.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10 A.M. at St. Francis Borgia Church, with interment in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 4-8 P.M. at Nieburg-Vitt,Miller Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to the St. Francis Borgia Church.