Gretchen Eckenrode

Gretchen L Eckenrode (Davis)

Thursday, January 13th, 1966 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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Gretchen L. (Davis) Eckenrode, 54, Bellwood died early Wednesday morning September 9, 2020 at UPMC Altoona. She was born January 13, 1966 in Altoona, daughter of the late Francis C. and Margaret (Roland) Davis.
Surviving are her three sons, Justin W. (Laura Ebersole) Davis of Tipton, Brice F. (Barbie McCloskey) Davis of Tyrone, and A. Scout Eckenrode of Bellwood; two grandsons, Nicholas and Liam Davis; two sisters, Sue (John) Carruthers of Oak Island, NC and Monica F. (Ben Fetterman) Davis of Bellwood; and nieces, Nicole and Courtney Carruthers. She was preceded in death by a brother, Wade F. Davis.
She was employed as a direct care worker at Public Partnerships, LLC.
Gretchen was a deeply creative spirit who could turn anything into a beautiful work of art. She was best known for her beautiful wreaths and paper mache art. She enjoyed tending to her flower, herb, and vegetable gardens, collecting nature’s crystals, and could often be found visiting local antique shops, thrift stores, and yard sales.
Gretchen was at peace with nature in all its forms. She loved all creatures equally and was often called upon as a dog whisperer. From her honey bees to her beloved pigeon Sophia, who she nursed back to health along with countless other animals over the years, she also leaves behind her beloved pets; her cats, Tae, Gypsy, and PG; and her dogs, Nacoma and Bart.

Friends will be received from 11am to 1pm, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc. Bellwood. A funeral service outside of Mass will be held at 1pm Monday at the funeral home, by Rev. Jozef Kovacik. Committal will be at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood.

The family suggests that contributions in Gretchen’s memory be made to Helping Hands 1417 Pennsylvania Ave. Tyrone or Central PA Humane Society.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 14th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Monday, September 14th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc.
    618 Martin Street
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
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  • Service

    Monday, September 14th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, September 14th, 2020 1:00pm
    Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc.
    618 Martin Street
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Fr. Jozef Kovacik
  • Interment

    Logan Valley Cemetery
    Stadium Drive
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
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Private Condolence

Janet Hahn

Posted at 09:14am
Dear Ted, Scout and family. We are so sad for your loss. Gretchen was so welcoming to us, your Aunts, when we visited. It was like we knew her forever. Please know you are always in our prayers. Call on us anytime. God bless you. We love you. Aunt Janet and Uncle Rick.

Lucy Brooks

Posted at 08:30am
Dear Ted, Scout and family of Gretchen,
Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to you.
She was a very welcoming and talented lady.
You are in our daily prayers.

Aunt Lucy Eckenrode Brooks and Uncle Jeff


Crystal (Hall) Stevens

Posted at 06:13pm
I just cannot believe you are gone, Gretchen. So many memories of us as little girls & your silly sense of humor. May you rest easy, my friend. My condolences to Sue & Monica too. Take care

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