Constance “Connie” Mary Ecklar (nee Huffman), of the Dayton area, passed away on Friday December 18, 2015 at 4:32 PM at her residence following an extended illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years William T. Ecklar.
Connie was born in Springfield, Ohio on February 18, 1933, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Audrey (nee Johnson) Huffman. A 1951 graduate of Julienne High School, she was inducted into the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. She received a BA in Math and Physics in 1956 from the University of Dayton, followed by an MA from Miami University in 1961. Additionally, she received an MA from the University of Dayton in Applied Mathematics in 1986. A long-time educator, she taught at various schools, including Sinclair Community College, The Hillel Academy, and Eastern Kentucky University. Her loves included being a season ticket holder for UD Basketball, and following the Cincinnati Reds. She also participated in numerous Senior Olympic events, including softball, badminton and volleyball. She was active in coaching softball at various levels for many years in the Greenville area. She was a member and lector at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dayton, as well as St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville.
Surviving are daughters Jolene (Doug) Esz of Batavia, Ohio and Julia Ecklar of Pittsburgh, PA; son, David Ecklar of New Orleans, LA; seven grandchildren, Nicole (Lou) Smith, Anne (Chris) Keener, Joe and Daniel Schoettelkotte, and Caleb, Ellie and Ethan Walter-Goodspeed; two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Lily Smith; brother Lawrence (Shirley) Huffman; and sisters-in-law, Anne Huffman and Erolyn McCann.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday December 23, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 233 West Third Street Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Fr. John White Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday December 22, 2015 and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Wednesday December 23, 2015 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.
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