Jean Eckroade Jean Eckroade

Jean Eckroade, 98, of Allentown, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Allentown. Born in Lansford, PA, on October 10, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (Cassman) and the late John Borkosky, and was one of nine children. On August 30, 1941, she married Charles B. Eckroade. She and Charles were married for 65 years until his passing in 2007.

After moving to Summit Hill, PA, as a young child, Jean graduated from Summit Hill High School in 1938 and later worked at Hess Brothers as well as in the garment and textile industry for 25 years. Jean and Charles raised their three daughters in Allentown. Jean was a loving mother who actively supported her children in their various school activities. After retirement, she loved to travel with Charles around the country, visiting family and favorite destinations including Disney World with their grandchildren and various world’s fairs. Jean was a doting grandmother and great-grandmother, and she relished the time spent with her loved ones. She read the newspaper cover to cover and completed the word find every day, always ordered blueberry pancakes when out to breakfast and loved some coffee with her milk.

Jean was predeceased by her husband and is survived by three daughters, Sharon J. (Eckroade) Fetterman of Avondale, PA; Charlene (Eckroade) Hershbell and her husband David of Allentown, PA; and Debra (Eckroade) Onufer and her husband David of Woodbridge, VA; grandchildren, Jay C. Fetterman of Landenberg, PA; Benjamin W. Fetterman of Westport, CT; Scott T. Hershbell of West Grove, PA; Shawn L. Chiroff of New Berlin, WI; Travis Corkery of State College, PA; and Hannah Pike of Woodbridge, VA; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Trexler Funeral Home at 1625 Highland Street in Allentown. A private burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made payable in Jean’s honor to the Cedarbrook Auxiliary, c/o D-6, 350 S. Cedarbrook Rd., Allentown, 18104. These funds to be used towards therapeutic recreation.

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