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  • Rosemary Ermis
    from The Sealy News Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 GRACIE VIVIAN ECKELBERG Funeral services for Gracie Vivian Eckelberg, 87, of Sealy were held Feb. 20 at First United
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      from The Sealy News Friday, Feb. 27, 2009
       
      GRACIE VIVIAN ECKELBERG
       
      Funeral services for Gracie Vivian Eckelberg, 87, of Sealy were held Feb. 20 at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. John Tyler officiating.  Interment followed in the Sealy Cemetery in Sealy.  Serving as pallbearers were Chad Eckelberg, Ryan Eckelberg, Colby Eckelberg, Patrick McNeely, Billy Sisa and Bobby Rochen.
       
      Gracie was born in Bleiblerville to parents, Joe and Albina (Janovsky) Sisa.  She was raised in Nelsonville and attended Nelsonville schools.  On Oct. 27, 1943 the former Miss Gracie Sisa was joined in marriage to Waco Eckelberg, with a ceremony held at Nelsonville Brethren Church in Nelsonville.
       
      Gracie was primarily a homemaker but also worked as a salesclerk for John's Dry Cleaners, Winn',s Mikasa, Little B's and Zapalacs.  Gracie took pride in her family and particularly enjoyed her grandchildren.  She was their chauffeur, encourager and confidant.  Gracie particularly enjoyed watching her grandsons play football.  Gracie was always ready for a drive to check out the cows.
       
      Gracie was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sealy.  When she could not attend, she had her daily devotionals with her Bible and "upper room."  On Sundays, she enjoyed Joel Olsteen or Joyce Meyer, but was quick to say she would rather be in church.
       
      Gracie Eckelberg passed away Feb. 18 in Sealy.
       
      She is survived by her sons, Gary Eckelberg and wife Joyce of Sealy, and Thomas Eckelberg and wife Linda of Sealy; sisters, Ruth Chovanec of La Grange and Nonie Rochen of Waller; grandchildren, Chad Eckelberg and wife Tracie, Ryan Eckelberg and wife Amanda, Colby Eckelberg, and Marcy McNeely and husband Patrick; great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emma, Taylor and Teaghan Eckelberg; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
       
      She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Albina Sisa; husband, Waco Eckelberg; sisters, Vlasta Phol, Beatrice Strokos and Gardenia Sisa; and brothers, Joe Sisa Jr., Franklin Sisa, Ladgie Sisa and Isador Sisa.
       
      Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E. Blue Bell, Brenham, Texas 77833 or to First United Methodist Church, 200 Atchison, Sealy, Texas 77474.  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapel, Sealy, TX 77474.
       
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
                                                                                                                    
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