Funeral services for Marguerite M. Giroux-Eckman, age 84, of 120 River Road Waddington, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday (June 2, 2015) at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan officiating. Burial will follow services at Notre Dame Cemetery in Malone with military honors.
There will be no public calling hours. Mrs. Eckman passed away on Monday (May 25, 2015) at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center with her family by her side.
Surviving is her husband, Elof “John” Eckman of Waddington; a step-daughter, Susan Eckman-Berger of Anderson, SC; three sisters-in-law, Thordis Rasmussen and Joan Deyo both of Lake Oswego, OR and Karen Slaughter of San Diego, CA; a brother-in-law, William Eckman of Jackson Hole, WY; along with several cousins and dear friends.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Msgr. Robert J. Giroux, Rev. Albert W. Giroux and Paul H. Giroux.
Marguerite was born on October 13, 1930 in Malone, a daughter of the late Josiah and Rebecca (Castagner) Giroux. She graduated from Malone Catholic School; St. Joseph’s Academy in 1948, A. Barton Hepburn School of Nursing in 1951 and received a Bachelor’s degree from the Lorreto Heights School of Nursing in Denver, CO.
After graduation she was employed at the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco; Alice Hyde Hospital in Malone, and Sun Mount Veterans Hospital in Tupper Lake.
In 1953 she joined the USAR assigned to the 815th Station Hospital in Malone. In 1963 she volunteered for active duty and after completing basic training at Fort Sam, in Houston, TX, she was assigned to Letterman G.H. in San Francisco and then at Walter Reed in Washington D.C.
In July of 1965 she was ordered to serve in Vietnam with the 3rd Surgical Hospital and 85th Evas Hospital in Quinon. After her tour in Vietnam, her assignments included Ft. Sill, OK; Seoul, Korea; Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio; Army Medical Career Course in Ft. Sam Houston; USAH Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA; Advanced Operating Room Nursing Course in FSH, TX; US Army Medical Center Landstuhl in Stuggart, Germany and then assigned to Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver CO. She retired on August 22, 1979.
During her military career, she was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with the Palm Unit, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Armed Forces Reserve Medal and three Army Commendation Medals with ORC.
Following her military career, she was employed at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK and retired in 1986. She moved back to the North Country to be near family and has resided in Waddington. In 1994 she married E. John Eckman at St. Mary’s Church in Waddington with her brother Msgr. Robert Giroux presiding.
Marguerite was a member of the Army Nurses Corps Association, American Legion and was Past Commander of Post 420 in Waddington, The Disabled American Vets, The Military Order of the World Wars, The VFW and AM Vets.
She volunteered at the Frederick Remington Museum as a docent and participated in the Tea and Lecturer Programs. She also volunteered at the Waddington Library. Her favorite past-time included downhill skiing and was a charter member of the Big Tupper Ski Patrol. She loved swimming, golfing, needlepoint, knitting, and entertaining family and friends. She devoted herself to caring for her husband and family. She loved her pets that brought her great joy and company during her life.
Memorial contributions have been requested to the Notre Dame Heritage Fund. Condolences can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.