July 28, 1936 ~ April 9, 2022 (age 85)


Nancy Jane (Heft) Eckenrode, of Quakertown, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 9, 2022. She was born July 28, 1936, the youngest child of Lillian (Hittinger) and Walter Heft of Bethlehem. Nancy graduated from Liberty High School in 1954 where she was a varsity cheerleader. She graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in 1957. She worked as an RN until she retired in 1998. Nancy was raised in a large family with 3 sisters and a brother, but she had a huge family of Pennsylvania Dutch aunts, uncles and cousins. She was very close to her extended family. She was an avid card player, golfer, bowler, piano player and dog lover. She loved family gatherings and high school reunions, and stayed in touch with many of her classmates through the years. Nancy married her childhood boyfriend, Carl Eckenrode, in 1958, and they had 4 children. She was never happier than when she was with her family, attending graduations, sporting events, recitals, games and plays. She was a Mom to many and was very active in the lives of her grandchildren. She had weekly Sunday dinners at her farmhouse in Quakertown and everyone was welcome at her table. She was one of those rare people that made you feel good about everything. She was the glue that held together two very different families. Nancy’s husband, Carl, passed away in 2008. She is predeceased by her parents, brother Walter, and her sisters Janice and Kitty. She is survived by her children Scott (Terry) and Michael of Quakertown, Tom (Lisa) of Lovettsville, VA and Jill of Bend, OR, sister Rhea Solliday of Virginia Beach, VA, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Nancy’s children would like to sincerely thank the wonderful staff on the third floor of St. Luke’s Hospital, Quakertown for the loving care given to Nancy this past week. What a fantastic group of caring people! We are truly blessed that our mother found peace through your exceptional care. Nancy requested that there will be no service. Arrangements are in the care of the C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. (www.crstrunk.com) Quakertown. Please feel free to make a donation to your favorite Animal Shelter, in Nancy’s memory. “Upon Us All A Little Bit Of Rain Must Fall”

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