Carol Eckert Obituary

Carol Eckert

Carol Anne Eckert 1953-2016 Carol died just past sunset on October 13, 2016, her 63rd birthday, from injuries received three days earlier in a bicycling accident in her home town of Windsor. She left our world at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, surrounded by her grieving family. Carol was born on October 13, 1953 in Rutherford, New Jersey. She was valedictorian of her high school class and received her B.S. in biology and biochemistry from Douglass College in 1975. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1979 and in 2007 earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of New England. Along the way she picked up her loving husband, Jeffrey Frankel. They married on May 24, 1974, and embarked on the great adventure of their lives when they re-located to Maine for Carol to start her medical residency at Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency in Augusta. Upon completion of the residency in 1982, Carol began her practice at Sheepscot Valley Health Center in Coopers Mills. Her commitment to and compassion for her patients was legendary. And delivering babies was the best part of the job. She remained at SVHC until 2013, at which time she became a float physician for the eleven health centers operated by HealthReach Network, the parent organization of SVHC. After a good day at work at the Lovejoy Health Center in Albion, she pedaled off for a relaxing bike ride but never made it home. Carol was the caring and loving mother of two great kids who adored her: Sam, age 34, and Hannah, age 27. Nothing made her happier than spending time with and cooking and baking for her family. Bicycling, hiking, climbing, yoga, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, plant foraging, reading and drinking coffee were her passions in life, along with hobbies, interests and pursuits too numerous to mention. She was a vegetarian for decades, and loved coordinating food orders for the Jefferson Food Co-op and receiving her weekly bag of CSA produce. In addition to her work at HealthReach, Carol served as medical director of the Maine Community Accountable Care Organization and was a medical consultant for Social Security Disability Services. Carol gave of herself to many volunteer and non-profit organizations. These included many medical missions to the Dominican Republic with the University of Southern Maine nursing program, harvest season health clinics with the Maine Migrant Health Program, the Maine Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Maine Labor Group on Health, the Windsor School Board, 30 years’ membership on the Maine Pesticides Control Board, plus many others. Carol leaves behind her heartbroken husband, Jeff. He will forever remember the smile in her voice, the hoarfrost in her hair, and the boundless love and devotion she showered on him during their years together. Carol is also survived by her mother, Anne Scerbak, of Harwich, Massachusetts; son Sam Frankel, of Portland; daughter Hannah Frankel and fiancé Ryan Nill, of Austin, Texas; sister Nancy Eckert, her husband Jay Benkovich and nephew Jonathan Benkovich, of Rutherford, New Jersey; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Deborah and Armando Mantilla, nephew Aaron and niece Sarah of Fair Lawn, New Jersey; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marsha Frankel and Bill Natali, step-niece Crystal Taylor and children Kaitlyn Miller and Isabel Disla of Orlando, Florida. We would like to thank the incredible doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and social worker at CMMC, along with the representatives of the New England Organ Bank stationed there. A celebration of Carol’s life will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, Route 105, Windsor, Maine. Cards can be mailed to 30 Erskine Road, Windsor, ME 04363, and remembrances can be posted at <https://www.simplecremationonline.com/component/scremation/?view=tribute&id=134>. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carol’s name to Bicycle Coalition of Maine, P.O. Box 15272, 34 Preble St., Portland, ME 04112.
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Carol Anne Eckert 1953-2016 Carol died just past sunset on October 13, 2016, her 63rd birthday, from injuries received three days earlier in a bicycling accident in her home town of Windsor. She left our world at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, surrounded by her grieving family. Carol was born on October 13, 1953 in Rutherford, New Jersey. She was valedictorian of her high school class and received her B.S. in biology and biochemistry from Douglass College in 1975. She graduated f...

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