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North English- Colleen Elizabeth Eckhart was born January 16, 1955 at Watts Hospital in Marengo, the daughter of Gilbert A & Norma Matilda Dora (Schultz) Wardenburg. She grew up in Blairstown and graduated from Benton Community High School in 1973. On November 26, 1977 Colleen was united in marriage to David Alan Eckhart at Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown. Colleen worked for the US Postal Service in Cedar Rapids as a postal clerk and service representative. In 1987 they moved to North English where they farmed and she worked for the North English Post Office, serving the last 25 years as Post Master, before retiring in 2012. Colleen was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millersburg and a member of the North English Christian Church, the Community Center Board of Directors, the English Valley Care Center Board and was the English Township Clerk. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and loved the outdoors. Colleen loved hunting and canoeing. She and David took many trips to Idaho to hunt bears and lions, she never got a lion, but she got her bear before David. They took their nephews on many canoe trips when they were younger. Colleen died on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Compass Memorial Hospital in Marengo, at the age of 66 years.
She is survived by her husband David of North English; nephews Vince (Kim) Brunssen of Round Rock, TX, Matthew Brunssen of Vinton, and Mike (Susan) Wardenburg of Cedar Rapids; a niece Dee (John) Rich of Chandler, AZ; a sister-in-law Connie Wardenburg of Chandler, AZ; and a brother-in-law Jerald Brunssen of Vinton She was preceded by her parents; a brother Harold G Wardenburg; and a sister Carol A Brunssen.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held 10:00 am on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the North English Christian Church. Pastor Luke Caster will officiate. Visitation will be on Friday, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in North English. Memorials are for Esophgeal Cancer. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com
Friday, April 30, 2021
4:00 - 7:00pm
Powell Funeral Home - North English
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