Margaret Eckmann
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Margaret Eckmann
  • March 10, 1919 - January 6, 2018
  • Flushing, Connecticut

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Margaret Grossman Eckmann passed away peacefully on January 6, 2018 in Queens, NY, at the age of 98 and 10 months. She was born in a small town in Hungary, one of 4 children born to Yechiel and Regina Grossman. She was educated and lived in Budapest, until her deportation to the death camp of Auschwitz in 1944. Although she suffered grievously during and after WWII, she had a vibrant, cheerful, flamboyant personality, and she was known for her extraordinary hospitality and baking skills. After the war, when she was caught behind the Iron Curtain, she married Nicholas (Miklos) Eckmann, and they were together for over 60 years, until his death at the age of 102 in 2010.

In 1956, during the Hungarian Revolution, they saw the opportunity to leave Europe and Communist oppression, and managed to escape Hungary by crossing the border illegally, with their baby daughter. Margaret and Nicholas left their home and all their belongings, after they had started to rebuild their lives after WWII. They arrived in Bridgeport CT, where they reunited with relatives that had left in 1939.

Margaret worked with her husband and created Handcraft Ornamental Iron Works, which grew into a successful company that did structural steel and miscellaneous iron work for large buildings. After their retirement from that business, they continued to be active in their synagogue and other charitable institutions. They built a beautiful home in Fairfield CT, where they welcomed family and many guests.

Margaret is survived by her beloved daughter, Veronica Reich, and her husband Erwin. She adored her two grandchildren, Joey Reich and his wife Amy, of Santa Fe, NM, and Arielle Reich and her husband Michael Mandell of Hartford. She doted on her grandchildren, showering them with love and her special Hungarian pastries. She had a great grandson, Oliver Reich, and she loved seeing pictures of him and talking with him on Skype.

Services were held at Agudath Sholom synagogue on January 6, with internment next to her husband in Ahavath Achim Cemetary in Fairfield. Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements. Services and shiva were held at the home of her daughter Veronica in Stamford CT.

Margaret's legacy of courage, strength, determination and faith will live on her family, and her memory will always be a blessing.