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“To the family of Cynthia Ecker, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your sister. Cynthia and I were classmatges and good friends at Augustana College...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Janet Strieter Gehle - Davenport, IA

“Cynthia and I started teaching together at Coolidge during the "double shift" when Wilson was built. We taught together for may years at both...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Naacy England Stipp - Colona, IL

“Cynthia was one of the early friends I made in the Augie music department. I thought she was such a kind person; shy, bright and talented and...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Floyd Ellison - Chula Vista, CA

“Cynthia was first and foremost, my favorite cousin. Then she became my first piano teacher and taught me to love music as no one else could have....Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Deborah Winckler - Omaha,, NE

“Dear Ted, Gloria, Jon and Families, I was so very sorry to hear of Cynthia's passing. Our family has always had such a close connection and I have...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Sharyl Green - Irvine, CA

“Rest In Peace Cynthia! You will be greatly missed! I will never forget the day I was driving the shuttle singing my own little tune and you told me I...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Nikkole Denton - Milan, IL

“Miss Ecker was an exceptional music teacher. She taught my sisters Chris, Susy and myself (1976-79). She instilled in all of us a great passion and...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa (Vande Voort) Mahar - IL

“Thank you to a wonderful choir teacher @ Coolidge 1981--I will always remember our Beatles medley, your smile, positive attitude and talent. I...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Christi DeWispelaere

“Our very deepest sympathy to the Ecker Family. George and Cynthia taught together for many years at John Deere in Moline. God's comfort and...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: George & Linda Brooke - Plymouth, MN

“I knew Cynthia through her sister Gloria Welcker. She was a very kind and decent person. I will always remember her playing and singing Christmas...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Josh Boies - Sycamore, IL

“So very sorry to hear of Ms. Ecker's passing. She was my choral director both years at John Deere. She always had a smile on her face and was never...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Tracy J. Versluis-Farr - Moline, IL

“Miss Ecker gave me the confidence to sing. She encouraged me to perform whether it was the "Top 40" or in a theater production. Miss Ecker was a...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Suellen Peets DeVito - Boston, MA

“Ms. Ecker was my English teacher at JD. Wow,so many memories of English class.I remember she showed the movie Rudy to our class ( love that movie)....Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Sandy Martin (Perez) - Bettendorf, IA

“miss.ecker was the best music teacher i had in john deere jr high. she made you feel special i always looked up to her. what a beautiful lady and now...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Karen Stueland - gatesville, TX

“Cynthia was my Music teacher at Coolidge Junior High many years ago. And I was so happy when she was my daughter Anika's voice teacher. What an...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Leaf - Moline, IL - friend

“We bought our first home from Cynthia's Dad happened to be next door to the Ecker family....many fond memories of Ted, Thelma and Cynthia. ...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Carolyn A Monson - Moline, IL

“You have my sympathy. I taught with Cynthia many years. She always had a smile to greet me and truly loved her students. Moline was lucky indeed that...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Lora Green Rathje - Long Grove, IA

“I was lucky enough to have Ms. Ecker as my English teacher at John Deere. I really did learn a lot and began to like English. I hope I can have the...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Amanda Krahl - Davenport, IA

“I will always remember Cynthia as a great teacher, mentor and friend. She spent extra time helping me to win a scholarship to the University of...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Robb Kask - Phoenix, AZ

“Dear Ted and Jon, my deepest condolences to you and your families. It has been a very long time since I have seen anything about the Ecker family...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Tom Ahlstrand - Davenport, IA

“Cynthia was a great choir director, she was fun and intrested in all of us.She was a friend to all. I will always remember fondly. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Sheri Byrne - Moline, IL

“When I moved to Moline in 1963, Cynthia became one of my good friends. She often came to visit me, as I had three little children to care for--Katie...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Alice M. Azure - Maryville, IL

“Dear Miss Ecker,You gave me such confidence during my school years at Coolidge Jr. High. You instilled the love of performing and overcoming my...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Suellen Peets DeVito - Woburn, MA

“Cynthia was my voice teacher throughout high school and I will always remember her great enthusiasm and love for music. She always kept telling me to...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Ben Sorgen - East Moline, IL

Cynthia Ecker

July 7, 1937-July 21, 2012

Cynthia was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday morning. Her sudden passing was a surprise to all and she died peacefully at her residence at the Lighthouse of Silvis, IL.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at First Covenant Church, 3303-41st Street, Moline. After the service, there will be time to greet the family at a luncheon in the fellowship hall. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Memorials may be made to First Covenant Church Piano Fund or the Quad City Music Guild. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. Moline is assisting the family.

Cynthia was born, raised and lived in Moline for all but the last 2 years of her life. She was the daughter of Clarence (Ted) and Thelma (Erickson) Ecker. She was a graduate of both Moline High School and Augustana College in Rock Island. At Augustana she was active in both the music and drama programs and was a cheerleader.

After her graduation she began her teaching career in Walcott, IA where she taught for 2 years. From there she went on to Calvin Coolidge Junior High in Moline and spent more than 40 years between Coolidge and John Deere Junior High. She was a music teacher and director of musicals, plays, choirs and instrumental groups. Cynthia often wrote original music for her students to perform in many of her productions. She mentored hundreds of young musicians some of whom became professionals and accompanied many more to contests all over the state where many won honors and accolades. She was an accomplished pianist and always in demand to perform or accompany vocalists and choirs.

In addition to her teaching career she was also active in the Quad City Music Guild. She was the musical director for many popular performances including "Fiddler on the Roof", " Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat", "Oklahoma", " Music Man" and others. She also sang in many professional groups.

Cynthia was a life long member of First Covenant Church of Moline, where she was a member of the choir for most of her life and also directed the choir for many years. She also played the piano at many church services and events and at one time directed the church's youth choir, which numbered nearly 60 voices. After her retirement from professional teaching, she continued to mentor students in voice and piano up until recently. She was loved by her students, friends and family and will be missed but not forgotten.

She is survived by her sister Gloria (Jeff) Welcker of Sycamore, IL, and brothers Ted (Marcia) Ecker of Barrington, IL., and Jon (LaVonne) Ecker of Arden Hills, MN., as well as 14 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Peace be to the memory of a kind, talented, and loving woman.

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