Born October 1, 1926 in Uhrichsville she was a daughter of the late Edwin and Augusta Staley Hill. Wilma was also preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Charles Eckhardt on March 6, 2016; daughter, Penny Louise Eckhardt; grandson, Kevin Eckhardt; two brothers and two sisters.
Wilma was a dedicated homemaker who was employed in the cafeteria, and served as a volunteer at the coffee bar, for Twin City Hospital; she had also worked for the Timken Company during WW II. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Tuscarawas where she taught Sunday school for many years. Wilma was also a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Zoar Doll Club and was a Cub Scout leader. In her spare time, one could find her working in her flower gardens and her vegetable gardens or just being outdoors. Wilma had an artistic side as well; she was an avid painter who also enjoyed music.
A wonderful and loving mother and grandmother, Wilma will be sadly missed by her children, Rich (Connie) Eckhardt of Dover, Dixie (Bill) Grimm of Tuscarawas, Ed (Kerry) Eckhardt of Strasburg, John (Jeannie) Eckhardt of Tuscarawas; nine grandchildren, Kelly (Jason) Hall, Penny (Michael) Capobianco, Ashley (Kevin) Smith, Megan (Alan) Ray, Conor, Austin, Brynn, Kristen and Logan Eckhardt; nine great grandchildren, Ashton, Alec, Ayden and Gabrielle-Alexis Hall, Anthony and Priya Capobianco, Ava and Peyton Smith, Jaxan Ray, and her special friend, Shirley Kleski.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 11 at 1:00 pm in the St. James Lutheran Church with Pastor A. Wallace Anderson and Pastor Kenneth Hacker officiating. Interment will be in the Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery. Following the burial, a luncheon will be held in the St. James Social Hall. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory at Dover is handling arrangements. Those wishing to express their fondest memories of Wilma may do so by visiting the online obituaries link on the funeral home’s website.
Remember me when flowers bloom
Early in the Spring
Remember me on sunny days
In the fun that summer brings
Remember me in the fall
As you walk through leaves of gold
And remember me in the wintertime
In the stories that are told
But most of all remember
Each day, right from the start
I will be forever near
For I live within your heart
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Lutheran Church at PO Box 336, Tuscarawas, OH 44682, The Kevin Eckhardt Memorial Scholarship at Dover City Schools at 219 West Sixth Street, Dover, OH 44622, or Community Hospice at 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.