Mary Theresa Echard

June 25, 1945 ‒ June 18, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Mary Theresa Echard, 74 of Marion, OH, formerly of Charleroi, PA, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2020. She was born June 25, 1945, daughter of the late Joseph William and Emma (Kolich) Kormuth.  Mary is survived by her husband and best friend Gary Warren Echard.  Their love for one another gifted them three children:  Kari Ann (Eric) Mackenbach, Brian Wayne (Amy) Echard and Kelly Lynn (Tonia) Echard-Peoples; four grandchildren, Zoe Marie and Jon Erik Mackenbach and Caroline Corrine-Caton and Daniel Weston Echard.

Mary was a distinguished member of the medical community in Marion, OH. She gave her life and love, not only to her family but to her patients.  After nobly serving Marion General Hospital many years as a Registered Nurse, she started her second career as an Oncology Certified Nurse.  Mary aided and comforted Marion’s most distressed patients with a kindness and character that was not often forgotten by troubled families and patients alike. Her family quickly realized how important she was to the community with all the hugs she gave out to her patients and their families whenever they would see her, even long after she retired.

Mary served as the Marion County Nurse of Hope starting in 1984.  She worked with the American Cancer Society to educate fellow nurses and patients on cancer-related topics. By 1985, Mary became the Director of the “I Can Cope” cancer program aimed at teaching cancer patients how to cope with the disease. In 1991, Mary was part of the only accredited cancer treatment program outside Franklin county and serving a seven-county area.  Mary was loved by patients, co-workers, and above all else, her family.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph William Kormuth, Jr.

Mass of Christian Burial will Monday, June 22, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion at 10:30 AM with Fr. Kyle Tennant officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Audubon Society. After Mary’s love for her family including their beloved miniature schnauzer Gig, friends, and patients, was her love for birds.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Echard family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Our deepest condolences to the entire Echard family. May God give you all comfort at this sad time. Hugs, Larry & Glenna Slone

  • I am so sorry to hear this. Mary was a great person. She was very loving and kind. I enjoyed our pool time at the Y. She spoke of Gary and her family with lots of love. I will miss her sweet face. Sincere condolences Gary and family.

  • Deepest sympathies and condolences to Mary’s family. As I told her son Brian, I have no doubt she received a standing ovation as she walked through Heaven’s gate.

    • I agree with you Matt Collins . very special lady wuth great family. she will be missed by many

  • Brian, we’re thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless.

  • I worked with Mary many years ago at MGH. What a lovely, lovely person and nurse she was. Heaven is blessed with an angel Prayers to her family Karen Kellogg.

  • Dear Gary…so sorry for your loss…I had no idea Mary was from Charleroi…after all these years not knowing she was from the same town as my father’s family. Godspeed, my friend.