Mother of Belleville Mayor Eckert dies Tuesday

Shirley A. Eckert, the mother of Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert, died Tuesday. She was 89.

Mayor Eckert, who rarely misses City Council meetings, did not attend the regular City Council meeting on Monday night so he could care for his mother.

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“Like everyone, when you lose family members, especially a mother, it’s very hard,” Eckert said Tuesday evening.

Eckert remembered his mother as “an extremely special lady” who was “big on teaching us to give back. She was always very big on serving others.”

Eckert said he appreciated the numerous calls and messages from people expressing their support. “Belleville people care,” he said.

Visitation for Shirley Eckert will be Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St. A funeral service will begin at either 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Friday at the church, Eckert said.