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Magdalen Alma (Gilles) Eckman

Magdalen Alma (Gilles) Eckman

Magdalen Alma (Gilles) Eckman, age 86, of Grand Forks, ND died on Sunday, July 6, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Carl Eckman, her parents, her brothers James and Bernard, and her sister Rosemary (Dahlgren). She is survived by her seven children, Douglas (Carmen), David (Victoria), Dennis, Colleen (Phil) Mann, Laura (Darrell) Berg, Jane Eckman, Richard (Nancy), sisters Elizabeth Faye and Vivian (Jack) Joyce, brother Peter (Angie) Gilles, eleven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Magdalen graduated from Saint John's Nursing school with honors and became a North Dakota registered nurse in 1948. She practiced for a number of years. She was an active member of Saint Michael's Catholic church in Grand Forks. She made many friends over the years, most recently at Parkwood Place and Woodside Village. She was a wonderful mother and will be missed by her family, her nieces and nephews and all of the people she spent even a little time with.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m. Friday in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.

Visitation: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a 4:00 p.m. rosary service and a 6:30 p.m. vigil service in the Historic Norman Funeral Home - Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel, Grand Forks, ND. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Friday.

Burial: Calvary Cemetery North, Grand Forks, ND.

The online memorial registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)