Virginia (Ginny) Toohey Eckert, 88, of Summit NJ passed away peacefully on February 22, 2022.
Born in Newark and raised in Irvington, NJ, Ginny was a loving wife and mother who lived in Summit, NJ for over 60 years.
Ginny attended Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child during her high school years and went on to graduate from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 1954 with a degree in Chemistry. She worked as a chemist at Ciba-Geigi until she married Anton (Fred) Eckert in 1959 and they raised four children in Summit. In her late 40s, she resumed her chemistry career at Bell Labs working for AT&T/Lucent Technologies until she retired. Following Fred’s passing in 2017, Ginny moved to Lantern Hill in New Providence.
For decades, Ginny volunteered as a eucharistic minister at St. Teresa’s church and actively participated in prayer groups. She was a woman of great faith and quiet strength who was loved by all who met her.
Playing bridge with her friends brought her much joy as did swimming, playing tennis and spending time with family.
She is survived by her sister Mary (husband Dan), her four children Jim (wife Abby), Kathy, Ellen and Greg (wife Eslin) and five grandchildren (Allie, Bill, Sophie, Charles and Henry).
The viewing will be held on Friday, March 4 at the Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral home, 299 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 from 4-8pm. The funeral service will be on Saturday, March 5 at 9:30am at St. Teresa’s of Avila, 306 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ. Burial will follow at the Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery in Union, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ginny may be made to the Community Food Bank, 31 Evans Terminal, Hillside, NJ 07205.