Carol June Sechler

June 13, 1926 ‒ August 28, 2008

Palm Bay, Florida

Carol June Sechler, age 82, of Palm Bay, Florida, went to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, August 28, 2008, at the residence of her daughter surrounded by her family following a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Glassport, Pennsylvania, on June 13, 1926, the daughter of the late Earl Sr. and Hilda (Lux) Ecoff.

Shortly following her graduation from high school, Carol with the encouragement of one of her friends, began writing letters to a soldier she had never met in the Army during World War II. After sharing countless letters, upon his return from the war, Private Arthur Joseph “Joe” Sechler, wanted to meet his “pen pal,” the person who had given him hope while he was thousands of miles from home serving his country. Once they met, they were married on March 28, 1947. Together they shared fifty seven magical years of marriage and were blessed with three wonderful children. He preceded her in death in 2004.

Carol received her bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University and her master’s degree in education from Akron University. One of the longer stops along Carol and Joe’s life journey was in Cambridge, Ohio, where Carol worked as the head teacher and principal for the Rolling Hills School District, where she received “Teacher of the Year” award. Also, she was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Cambridge, and was active in Girl Scouts with her daughters.

In the early 1980’s, they moved to the warmer climate of Florida. While in Florida, Carol taught elementary students at Holy Trinity School in Melbourne. With an unwavering dedication to her students, Carol earned the Jennings Scholarship Award.

A virtuous Christian woman, Carol was a faithful and active member of Joy Lutheran Church in Palm Bay, Florida, where she enjoyed serving in their Crafter’s and Quilter’s groups. When she was being cared for by her daughter, Janet, in Marion, she attended her son-in-law, Rev. David Lippert’s services at the Emanuel Reformed Church and Green Camp Baptist Churches.

She loved crocheting and crafting. After learning to be very proficient with a computer in her later years, Carol enjoyed emailing and instant messaging her countless friends that spread throughout the United States.

Having a heart of gold, Carol was not one who believed in being casual friends. Rather, she gave her heart and soul to everyone she met, and she will forever be remembered as a woman with a beautiful spirit who loved everyone.

Carol will be dearly missed by her three children: Janet (Rev. David) Lippert of Marion, Linda (Jay) Atkinson of Cambridge, and David Sechler of Palm Bay, Florida; eight grandchildren: Sheri Atkinson, Scott (Jennifer) Atkinson, Danny (Kim) Atkinson, Mark (Megan) Atkinson, Wendy (Josh) Brown, Jill (Steve) Dailey, Mike and Tyler Lippert; and eleven great-grandchildren: Allie, Joshua, Morgan, Mackenzie, and Nicholas Atkinson, Evan Williams , Donovan Bauer-Dailey, Nate Williams, Kiersten Dailey, Bailey Brown and Drake Brown.

Including her husband and parents, Carol was preceded in death by her brother, Earl Denver Ecoff Jr.

Memorial services celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Emanuel Reformed Church, 4234 Green Camp Essex Rd., Marion, with Rev. Joe Bradley of Christ Lutheran Church in Cambridge officiating. All friends are invited to a fellowship meal provided by Emanuel Reformed Church and Green Camp Baptist Church.

Memorial services celebrating her life will be held on Friday, September 12, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Joy Lutheran Church, 3174 Jupiter Blvd SE, Palm Bay, Florida, with Rev. Steven Thrash officiating. Inurnment will follow in Fountainhead Memorial Park.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marion General Hospice, 278 Barks Rd. W., Marion, Ohio 43302, or to Joy Lutheran Church, 3174 Jupiter Blvd. SE, Palm Bay, Florida 32909.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.