Martha (Marty) Eckhardt, 86, passed away peacefully at her home in Cadillac on August 24, 2022.
Martha was born in Battle Creek, MI in 1936 to Harold (Pat) and Annabelle Conroy. She and her family moved to Bellaire, MI when Martha was 12. She graduated from Bellaire High School where she competed in basketball and cheerleading.
Martha has always been very involved in her community. She was a longtime Red Cross volunteer, making phone calls to coordinate support and local blood drives. She was a founding member of the Daisy Chain band at Cadillac Elk’s Lodge. Martha was also an active parishioner at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Martha was deeply proud of her Irish heritage. The two trips she made to Ireland were real highlights of her life.
She loved all kinds of crafts. In his later years, his favorite was the weekly card-making class at the Cadillac Senior Center. Whatever the occasion, if you received a card from Martha, it was probably handmade with great attention to detail.
Martha is survived by her husband, Burton, and their five sons: Marvin (Mary) of Downers Grove, Illinois; Charles (Brenda) of Mesick, Michigan; John (Diane) of Lynnfield, MA; Pete from Cadillac, MI and Phillip from New York, NY. She had three cherished granddaughters: Sarah, Annabelle and Lorelei.
Martha was predeceased by her parents and stepmother, Ada Conroy. Four of her seven siblings also predeceased her.
At Martha’s request, cremation took place.