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Sister Marie Richard Eckerle died early on Pentecost morning, May 19, 2013 at St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa, Miss.

Morning prayer and visitation will be at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, May 23, at St. Teresa Church, in Chatawa. The Eucharistic Celebration will follow at 10:30. Rev. Robert Dore will be the celebrant.

Dorothy Constance Eckerle, was the second of four children born to Herman Joseph and Mary Thecla (Muerer) Eckerle.

After high school graduation, Dorothy entered the candidature of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis, Mo. Here she began her professional preparation as a religious and a teacher. She became a member of the congregation as Sister Marie Richard in 1954.

Sister Marie Richard received her first assignment to teach children in the primary, then the middle grades at Christ the King School in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1964, Sister transferred to St. Patrick School in Dallas. After two years in these classrooms, auditory difficulties indicated a different path in education. She met children individually in the Dallas Reading Center while she pursued a Masters degree in Library Science. The next assignments were as Librarian at Sacred Heart, Morrilton, Ark.; Redeemer High School, New Orleans; and St. Philip Neri School in Metairie, La.

In 1989, Marie Richard elected to take a semester for renewal at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, Miss. This she followed with a semester as activities coordinator at Wynhoven Apartments, a retirement home administered by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, in Marrero, La.

Her background as teacher and librarian well prepared her for the next nineteen years when she served at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa as Archivist for the Dallas Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In addition to this major assignment, Sister engaged in many services in the convent community and in St. Teresa Parish.

Physical symptoms prompted her to seek retirement in late 2009. Only in the last weeks were these symptoms incapacitating. She seemed to be gathering strength when a misstep and fall on May 14 resulted in severe cerebral trauma.
Sister Marie Richard's parents, her one brother, and two sisters preceded her in death. Nieces and nephews survive her. Memorials for Sister Marie Richard may be sent to St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa, MS 39657.

Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home of McComb has care of arrangements. Pallbearers are from the Charles R. Brill Council of the Knights of Columbus. Burial will be in the Chatawa Cemetery.

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