Faye Evans Eichelberger
Nov. 18, 1932 – July 13, 2017
Faye Evans Eichelberger, 84, Homewood at Martinsburg, formerly of East Freedom, humbly left this world and entered her “forever home” in heaven early Thursday morning, July 13, 2017. Her grace on this earth will be missed.
Her parents, Floyd and Bertha (Dollar) Evans, were blessed with her arrival in Altoona on a brisk November day. Tragically, her mother died within a few short years. Her father later married Helen O’Donnell, the best stepmom a child could ask for. Faye got the little brother she always wanted, Dale Evans, who grew up to marry Sheila Smith. They reside in Tipton.
Faye’s sole intention in life was to help others. She became a registered nurse after graduating from Altoona High School.
She married John H. Eichelberger in 1958. They had five children: Senator John H. Eichelberger Jr. and wife, Charlotte Ames, of Hollidaysburg (John III), Lisa Church and husband, Don, of Hollidaysburg (Tommi Ann, Alexander and Allison), Todd and wife, Renee, of Sarasota, Fla., (Trey and Isabella), Wendy Wertz and husband, Stephen, of Martinsburg (Livia), and Gail Coffey and husband, Mark, of Woodbury (Sydney and Evan). The family had lived in East Freedom.
Faye’s husband died in 1970, leaving her with five little children to raise on her own. She returned to work full time at the Altoona Hospital and retired from there in 2001 as a patient advocate. Babysitting her grandchildren and helping others then became her full-time job.
She served and held office in numerous community organizations over the years, including Greenfield Lioness Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Republican Women’s Club of Blair County, Blair County Genealogical Society, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Parent/Teacher Committee, Central High School Band Parents, the Freedom Township Judge of Elections and the Blair County Republican Committee.
Faye was known for her kindness and generosity to others. She was a friend, counselor and life coach for many through the years. She always left a light on in her home at night to remind others she was there for them anytime.
Faye was an active member of Leamersville Church of the Brethren and Roaring Spring First Church of the Brethren through the years. Her faith in God guided her life. She lived courageously the last four years despite the invasion of Alzheimer’s disease. Right up to the end, Faye was kind-hearted and helpful. Rather than a “resident” at Homewood Retirement Center, she still thought of herself as a nurse in that wonderful mind of hers.
Throughout her life, Faye enjoyed spending time with her family and pets, traveling with friends, camping, knitting, cooking and volunteering. She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends, as well as people of local communities. May her spirit live on in others whom she has helped over the years.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local library or the Blair County Genealogy Society, or help out a friend in need. She would be greatly touched.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, July 14, 2017, and from 10 to the 11 a.m. ceremony Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the BMC Chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg, officiated by Jack Keebaugh. Arrangements are by Miller Funeral Home, East Freedom.