Joan Lee Eckhardt, 92, passed away accompanied by family on June 25, 2023 at the Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio.
Left to cherish her memories are her son, Michael (Sally) Eckhardt, and daughter, Jodell Hammond; grandchildren: Michael (Libby) Eckhardt, Aaron (Matt) Eckhardt, Ian Hammond, Seth Hammond, Chloe (Colin) Lima; great grandchildren: Levi Eckhardt, Charlie Eckhardt, Charlotte Lima, Henry Lima; sister-in-law, Sue Eckhardt; nieces and nephews; her Willow Brook Community family where she resided, and a myriad of friends.
She loved her family, loved living at Willow Brook, loved life and was comforted by her strong faith. She loved to entertain, was a wonderful cook, and even started a catering business in her mid-fifties with her dear friend, Jane Dickson. She worked hard to make things beautiful and better for others. She volunteered for many years at Mt. Carmel Hospital and spent time as the Director of Volunteers for the Columbus Chapter of the American Lung Association. She was an accomplished bridge player, loved all types of games and often cleaned up at the card table. She could dance with the best of them and spent many years dancing with the Ginger Snaps dance troupe. Born a proud Buckeye she never missed a game. She had a smile that could light up a room andalways had one for anyone she met. Although petite, her presence was large and she could be mighty. She endured hard times early in life, but you would never know it. She made the most of her life and lived it to the fullest. Always full of determination and spirit she lived her life unassisted until the end. Her mighty presence will be missed by all who loved her.
The family appreciates all the care and compassion Joan received while at Willow Brook and also from the medical staff at Riverside Hospital.
A private interment would take place at a later date.