Cynthia "Cindy" Joanne Eckhardt
Cynthia "Cindy" Joanne Eckhardt
May 3, 1951 - April 8, 2021


Cynthia Joanne (Walter) Eckhardt, Cindy to her friends, was born May 3, 1951 in Jacksonville, Fl and on April 8, 2021 in Palatka, Fl was received joyously by many relatives and friends who had gone before. She is preceded in death by parents Audrey Betty (Riveits) Walter and George Jay Walter, by parents-in-law G. Mildred (McConnell) and Charles Nicholas Eckhardt, by grandparents Doris M. (Stevens) (Walter) Wilbanks and E. Florence (Stevens) and William A. Riveits (Heckman), and Aunts Virginia (Walter) Poe and Ruth (Riveits) Flechtner.

Being an only child Cindy was determined to have as many children as she could - her health permitted four. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Charles Nicholas Eckhardt Jr (better known as Nick), and her children who were her greatest treasures, Wendy J. Anderson and husband Michael, Nicholas W. Eckhardt and wife Peggy (Davis), David A. Eckhardt and wife Krystal (Chinn), and Deborah A. Eckhardt.

Cindy is survived by 14 grandchildren, Emily Steele (Travis), Lynora Tolman (Mondell), Cameron, and Garrett Anderson; Bella, Rowan, Cortana, Zxenna, and Ginger Eckhardt; Adam, Alexander, Claire, Jackson, and Grace Eckhardt.

Cindy leaves behind dear friends, Denise Kelly Hughes her friend since high school; Annie Brinker her partner in crime for the last 40 years; Harriet Wheeler, Kay Willis, Meri Rees, Teresa Davis, Amie Carle, Malinda Comer, Bill Herrington, Richard Brinker, George DeLoach, Michael Curtis, and numerous others.

Cindy was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Palatka Ward. She served in various positions in the church and loved to serve her fellowman. She was an accomplished seamstress and avid crafter. She made Christmas ornaments every year for all her friends and family. In later years she specialized in card-making. Cindy graduated valedictorian at Hillsborough High School and went on to the University of South Florida, both in Tampa. She then taught Science at Palatka High School for 22.5 years before Multiple Sclerosis forced her retirement. She taught Marine Biology (which became Oceanography) and Ecology (which became Environmental Science) and moved into her dream assignment Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2. She was under care from Community Hospice for several months after suffering from strokes.

Visiting hours will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 12th at Masters Funeral home in Palatka. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 13th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1414 Husson Ave. with Bishop Jay Tilton officiating. Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations may be made to Community Hospice, 5111 Crill Ave., Palatka, FL 32177. Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in her online guestbook at
Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

Cindy loved her family deeply and will be greatly missed until reunited at the foot of God. She will best be remembered for her optimistic nature, her generosity, and her vibrant smile.

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