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Ann Frances(Dougiello) Eckert


July 26, 1933 – October 1, 2018

 “For Those That Loved Her”

Ann Frances (Dougiello) Eckert went to be with her beloved Fred, and gracious Father on October 1, 2018. She was born July 26, 1933 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her elementary years were at Sacred Heart School in Bridgeport, and she proudly graduated from Lauralton Hall Preparatory Girl’s Academy in Milford, CT. She completed her formal education at St. Vincent’s Nursing School in Bridgeport, and was awarded her degree – joyfully fulfilling her dream to become a Registered Nurse. Over the next thirty years, she worked in labor and delivery at several hospitals – bringing beautiful babies into this world. When she came to Arizona, she continued to work in nursing or take care of little ones until she retired.

In 1954, she married the love of her life, Frederick Elmer Eckert (who passed on in 2005), also of Bridgeport, CT. The couple danced their way through life – traveling, golfing together, the “426 Club”, and simply being with each other.

Together, Ann and Fred worked hard and Ann leaves behind a strong Eckert family that she and Fred created: Her children Michele Ann Eckert (late John Morrison) of Chandler, AZ, Jody Lynn Eckert (Ed Garelick) of Manhattan, NY, Paul Frederick Eckert (Ann LaMancuso) of Buffalo, NY, and Nanette Gail (Eckert) Sackett (Ralph Sackett) of Mesa, AZ.  Ann has seven grandchildren: Katelyn (Barnes) Girard (David), Charles Eckert (Kelsie), Dawn (Eckert) Hammer (Bri), Natalie Barnes, Dana Eckert, Stephen Eckert, and Ella Rose Eckert. Ann is also survived by two step-grandchildren, Alison (Mark) Tortelli, and Julie LaMancuso; and four great grandchildren Brooke Ann and Lucas Girard, Jalen Eckert, and Sienna Tortelli.

All her life, visiting new places with children – or to see grandchildren – were important memories to her, and she traveled to China, Colorado, California Beaches, Canada, Greece, Ohio, Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, Switzerland, and other special places with a spirit of adventure and love.

 She was always the “elegant” woman – a generous, loving mother, kind neighbor, and sweet friend. Mostly, she was our wonderful Mom, and her grandchildren’s “Gigi”.  We will miss her dearly.

 A Celebration of Life  Memorial Service will be held Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, followed by a coffee/dessert/beverage service in Lindsay Hall, on the church grounds.


  • Sue Ferris Posted October 8, 2018 5:59 PM

    She meant so much to me. We would sit and talk for hours, drinking wine, eating cheese and crackers and watching the NY Giants. I could confide in her about anything and everything.
    I will miss you terribly, but it was time to join Fred and family. Thinking of you always. Until we meet again.

  • John P Bartilomo Posted October 14, 2018 3:31 PM

    We treasure each and every moment Ann was in our life in Connecticut and in Arizona. A special person beyond words as she accepted all our faults and all our accomplishments as if they where those of her own family. I reflect on this due to her relationship with my Dearest mother Pat, as they interacted as sisters, this is why we always looked forward to seeing our extended family The Eckert’s Personally , I am mourning a friend, relative and confidant that simply will never be replaced. We all feel a closing to a happy chapter in our lives, but, I believe her passing has cemented a stronger bond to my family and her’s I say salute to Mom, Ann, Dad and Fred , I know they are toasting us all today and forever Without these very special folks in my life I would have had never been the person I am today.Ann in a very special Place in our heart forever You always did it your way, Go Giants and the next year is all Yankees
    Love, The Bart’s

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