The Nyack College community announces the passing of Catherine Ellen Eck
, 94, of Somerset went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. She was born in Paterson, NJ, the daughter of Henry and Clara Braen Wagoner. She attended Nyack College and graduated in 1939. At Nyack she met her husband, Everett C. Eck (Class of 1938). Together they served as missionaries for many years in Chile and Colombia, South America for The Christian and Missionary Alliance. She translated and edited the Christian hymn book that is still being used in all of Central and South America. After coming back to the United States, Everett and Ellen took pastorates in Franklinville, NY, Elizabeth, NJ and Dover, NJ. They were instrumental in starting the Spanish congregation which later became the Iglesia Evangelica Alianza of Dover, NJ. Upon retirement, they settled in Piscataway, NJ.
She was predeceased by her husband who died in 1991. She is survived by five children, Frederick, of Wilmington, Delaware, Astrid Fischbach, of Somerset, NJ, Eric of Seattle, Washington, Judy Agostini of Wilmington, Delaware and Dr. John Eck of Somerset, NJ. Her 17 grandchildren are Mimi Stellini, Jeffrey Eck, Kristen Saufley, Bryan Eck, Heidi, Karl and Dan Fischbach , Judy Cheney, Michael, Matthew, and Lauren Eck, Andrew Agostini, and Stephen, Rachel, Hannah, Thomas and Lydia Eck. Fourteen great-grandchildren are Rachel, Stephen and Megan Stellini, Emma, Clara, Sophie Eck, Caroline, Lauren, and Caleb Fischbach, Emmi and Michael Saufley and Luke, Daniel and Allyson Cheney.
In lieu of flowers and because of her commitment to the gospel of Jesus, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Zarephath Health Center, PO Box 9182, Zarephath, NJ 08890, or SALT (Support & Leadership Training), PO Box 1040, Richland, Washington 99352.