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77, Cresson, died June 15, 2017 at home surrounded by those he loved. Born October 21, 1939 in Loretto, son of the late Robert J. and Rose (Olson) Eckenrode. Preceded in death by wife, the former Esther Roberts on October 16, 2004, grandchildren: Francis Paul Casale and Erin Elisabeth Eckenrode, brother, Bill and brother in law, George Boldizar. Survived by children: Terri Anne Casale (John "Jake") of Loretto, James Jr. (Luanne Hartman) of Martinsburg and Claudia Lumadue (Tom) of Loretto. 6 grandchildren: Joshua Casale (Jaime), Johnna Casale (Kurtis), Jamie Rae Eckenrode (Jake), Caroline Eckenrode and Vanessa and Garrett Lumadue, and a great granddaughter Casale to be born in August. Brother, Robert (Florence) of Altoona, Mary Margaret Boldizar of Gallitzin, Rose Ann Crum (Gene) of Florida, and Kate Crusciel (Bob) of Gallitzin. Sister in law, Janet Eckenrode of Maryland and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events, dance recitals, musicals, and plays. He loved his family, Christmas time and holiday get togethers, auctions, Leighty's Flea Market, baseball, football, class mate dinners, dirt track racing, and his memories of growing up in Loretto. He retired in 1987 as Vice President of Gould Energy, Cresson. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto, Very Rev. John D. Byrnes, Celebrant. Committal, St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto. Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty St., Ashville, PA 16613 where a Vigil Service will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made to St. Vincent DePaul, 115 Ashcroft Ave., Cresson, PA 16630 in Jim's memory. www.gibbonsfhashvillecoalport.com
Published on June 16, 2017
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