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Reta M. Eckhart


Reta M. Eckhart (nee Drake), 72, of Elyria, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Life Care Center of Elyria. She was born February 14, 1946 in Webster Springs, West Virginia and was an Elyria resident for most of her life.

Reta worked for H&R Block as a tax preparer and enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, reading, classic movies and making stained glass objects.

Survivors include her sons, Tracy (Jen) Cairns and Craig (Amy) Eckhart; grandchildren, Shawn, Madeline, Jason, Ryan, Spencer and Preston; great-grandson, William; mother, Francis Drake and sister, Susie Drake.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Quinn Cairns; father, Fritz Drake; sister, Sheila Drake and brother, Robert Drake.

All services will be private.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Elyria.

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