Catherine E. Eckrich, nutritionist, dies

Catherine E. Eckrich, a retired nutritionist who had been active in Scouting, died Monday of pneumonia at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was 78.

Catherine Elizabeth Wells was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown. She was a 1950 graduate of the old Clara Barton Vocational High School, where she studied cosmetology.

From the 1950s until the 1970s, Mrs. Eckrich worked as a cosmetologist for the Cecile Beauty Salon on Broadway. For more than a decade, she was a hostess at Schimunek Funeral Home and the old Moran Funeral Home.

After moving to Dundalk, she worked for a number of years as a nutritionist at the Ateaze Senior Center on Holabird Avenue.

The former Belair-Edison and Dundalk resident had been living at St. Luke's Senior Housing in Edgemere since 2000.

Mrs. Eckrich received numerous awards for her years of work with both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, family members said.

She enjoyed playing cards and bingo and taking bus trips.

Mrs. Eckrich was a communicant of St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, 7517 North Point Road, Edgemere, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday.

Her husband of 22 years, Raymond E. Eckrich, a structural steel painter, died in 1985.

Surviving are two sons, John Lawrence Olson Jr. of Upper Falls and Craig Valdean Eckrich of Chesterfield, Va.; two brothers, Frank F. Wells of Dundalk and Ronald L. Wells of Shelbyville, Del.; two sisters, Anna Elaine Gardner of Dundalk and Muriel M. Merrill of Bangor, Maine; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to John Lawrence Olson Sr. ended in divorce.

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