Anna M. "Ann" Eckert

Anna M. "Ann" Eckert, age 92, of Kadoka, SD, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 23, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Chaplain Herbert Cleveland officiating.

Anna M. Prochaska, better known as Ann to her family and friends, was born May 18, 1917, on a ranch near Belvidere, the daughter of James and Marie (Cacek) Prochaska.

She grew up in the Belvidere area and graduated from Belvidere High School. As a young lady, she worked as a clerk in the Belvidere Post Office.

Ann was united in marriage to Harold J. Eckert, Sr. on April 25, 1943, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church south of Midland. They farmed and ranched southeast of Midland for five years before moving to a ranch one and a half miles east of Belvidere in 1948. They continued to operate the ranch until Harold's death on January 6, 1978. She continued to live on the ranch until moving into the Gateway Apartments in November 1989. In 2000, she moved into the Kadoka Nursing Home, where she has since resided.

Ann was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church south of Midland, and the American Legion Auxiliary Post #177 of Belvidere.

Grateful for having shared her life include two sons, Robert "Bob" Eckert and Harold "John" Eckert, both of Kadoka; three grandchildren, Robert John "Robbie" Eckert of Black Hawk, Lori Ann Iversen and her husband, Aaron, of Murdo, and Bobbi Jo Eckert of Aurora, CO; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Taya Iversen; one brother, Joe Prochaska of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Harold, Ann was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Jill Eckert; two brothers, Emil and Adolph Prochaska; and three sisters, Mary Boechman, Helen Collins and Rose Rulon.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com