Susan Eckhardt

Susan Lynne Eckhardt (Himes)

July 27, 1949 - April 27, 2020
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Susan (“Suzy”) L. Eckhardt, 70, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Lowell General Hospital.

She was born on July 27, 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was the daughter of the late James Himes and Helen (Lutz) Himes who currently resides in Framingham, MA.

Suzy graduated from Framingham South High School Class of 1967 and attended Syracuse University. She worked at Lighthouse School in North Chelmsford as a Bio-Educational Facilitator retiring after 25 years. Special Education was close to her heart and considered the staff and students as her second family. Suzy had the patience of a saint. She was an avid gardener and loved the Ocean. Suzy always had an open door for animals in need of a home. Suzy was well-known for her infinite capacity for compassion, understanding, forgiveness, and above all, unconditional love. She had a smile that could light up a room and her laughter was contagious. Suzy was known as “Suzy Sunshine” to her close friends and family, and she was the best “Mama Bear” in the world to her two girls.

In addition to her Mother, Suzy leaves her two loving and devoted daughters; Heidi Eckhardt of Chelmsford, MA and Melissa Wood of Gilbert, AZ, her brother, Eric Himes of Framingham, MA and her sister, Laurie Taylor of Norwood, MA. Suzy will be missed dearly by her family, friends, and everyone who knew her.

A Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Lighthouse School Inc., 25 Wellman Avenue, North Chelmsford, MA 01863.
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Robert eckhardt

Posted at 12:39pm
Suzy had the brightest smile and laugh. She was a wonderful wife and mother. I will miss and remember her forever.

Cynthia Kennedy

Posted at 10:42pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Suzy at Lighthouse School. Suzy blessed all who knew her. Rest in peace.
Love Cindy Kennedy

Heidi Eckhardt

Posted at 02:33pm
My dearest mama bear, I miss you so much, more than words can express. You have always been my lighthouse in the storm, guiding me through some of the toughest times in my life. You have always been the best mom in the world. You fought an amazing battle and my pride in you will never waiver. You have always been an inspiration to everyone who had the good fortune of knowing you. I feel so lost and lonely without you, but I know you are up in heaving smiling down on me and all of us. I will always do my best to make you proud. The best thing to ever happen to me in this life was having you as my mom. If love could have saved you, you would still be here with me. Today on Mother's Day is especially hard without you, but in my heart I am celebrating all of the wonderful years I had with you, and no one can ever take away all of the joyous and loving memories I have of us together. Now it's time to rest peacefully, no more pain. Spread your wings and fly, my sweet mama, you've already earned your wings. I will love you forever. Like we always sang to each other, "I love you, love you, love you, all the T-I-M-E time." Some day we will be together again, and I am going to give you the biggest hug ever. Until then, it's not good-bye, just "bye for now."

Love always and forever,

P.S. Thank you to those who have shared such wonderful loving thoughts and memories of my mom.

Jason Allen

Posted at 01:47pm
For the past 5 years Susie was a great friend of mine and one of my first supporters when my medical issues took a turn. We shared many stories of life and lots of laughs. I will always love and miss her. Her memory will never fade. And I have the honor to share her daughter Heidi to help share the memories with. Rest easy Susie. Like I promised I will take care of your daughter. Love always Jason

linda gagnon

Posted at 05:39pm
I have fond memories after we all moved to Hickory Lane and I witnessed many times the caring side of Suzy even for the short time before she left for college. Both sisters would make me laugh instigated by teenage years and just being siblings. Rest in the peace that you sought, Suzy, and know that you will be dearly missed by all that crossed your path.
Linda 🙏

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