Patricia (Eckrich) Merkel
October 15, 1938 - October 1, 2020
Patricia (Eckrich) Merkel, age 81, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Born in Wilmington, DE on October 15, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Andrew G. and Lillian (High) Eckrich. She was a proud graduate of P.S. DuPont High School class of 1956. Patricia enjoyed bowling, reading, getting together for family game night, Sunday dinners and getaway’s to Fenwick Island, DE.
In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Merkel, Sr.; and great grandson, Aaden Merkel. She is survived by her daughters, Robin Ford and Tracy Lewis (Donnie); sons, Steven (Kim), Mark (Mary Ann) and Joseph, Jr. (Tracy); sister, Debbie Williams (Jack); nephew, Brandon Williams; grandchildren, David Ford IV, Glenn Ford, Amanda Ford, Steven Merkel II, Eric Merkel, Lauren Latina, Nicole Grant, Rachel Alexander, Steven Brown, Amber Merkel, Joey Merkel, Kira Merkel, Rhiannon Merkel and Brianna Clark; great grandchildren, David V, Lilly, Jacob, Joshua, Aria, Kyle, Maddie, Gracie, Ava, Giada, Danny, Alexis, Kaydence, Savannah, Zoey, Olivia, Avery, Leah, Chester, Ariana, Mia and 1 due in January; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the nurses and aides at Weston Senior Living Center and Season’s Hospice for their care and compassion.
Services and interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patricia’s memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.