Marie Eck, 87
Figure Skating Judge
Marie Eck, a longtime Montgomery Township resident, died February 19 at home. A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 1 at 3 pm at The Stone Hill Church at 1025 Bunn Drive, Princeton. Marie was in the care of her loving daughter Susan Eck.
Marie had been an avid figure skater and longtime member of the Princeton Figure Skating Club. In later years she became the club's test chair and spent the last 20 years as a figure skating judge (pre-gold level ice dancing judge and freestyle judge) throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York.
Marie worked for many years at the North Princeton Developmental Center, where she was a supervising administrator of the foster grandparent program at the Skillman location, as well as other centers throughout New Jersey. She was proud of her work and had a deep love and respect for the foster grandparents with whom she worked.
Marie was also known as a 4-H cooking club leader, a YMCA lifeguard, substitute teacher, Carnegie Mellon recruiter, an election poll worker, and a Montgomery Township Republican committee member. In addition, she was an avid and dedicated astrologer and longtime board member of the Astrological Society of Princeton.
Born the elder daughter of Maria and Franz Riedel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and originally from Germany, Marie cherished her parents and her sister Margaret, along with their childhood in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Maryland.
After high school, Marie attended Carnegie Mellon University where she earned a bachelor's degree. During college Marie married Clyde Eck of Canton, Ohio. They originally lived in Pittsburgh, where they welcomed their first child, Jennifer Eck (McWeeney), and later moved to Belle Mead, where they welcomed their second child, Susan Eck. Both Clyde and Marie lived the rest of their lives in Belle Mead, where they celebrated their 50th Anniversary.
Marie is predeceased by her husband Clyde (2007) and two brothers, Walter and Elmer.
She is survived by her sister, Margaret Bradley (of McMurray, PA), her two daughters, Jennifer Eck McWeeney (of Westwood, MA) and Susan Eck (of Belle Mead), as well as her son-in-law, Kevin McWeeney and two grandchildren, Julia and Liam McWeeney (of Westwood, MA). Marie is also survived by her niece Katherine Urquhart and her nephew Edward Bradley.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hillsborough Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Stone Hill Church or other charity of your choice.