Catharine Sexton Eckhof

1933 - 2012

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA -- Catharine Sexton Eckhof, 79, of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away early Sunday morning, June 24, 2012 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia with family by her side.

Born in Utica in 1933, she was the daughter of the late Mason and Catherine (Douglas) Sexton, and sister of the late Mason Douglas Sexton.

She graduated Middlebury College before marrying the late William Reed Eckhof, to whom she was a wife for fifty years.

She lived with her family in Loudonville, then moved to Alexandria, Virginia where she lived for 37 years. She worked at the Smithsonian and volunteered at Huntley Meadows Park.

Mother to Cassandra Eckhof (Garrett) of Waltham, Massachusetts, Pamela Atwell of Gainesville, Florida and Leslie Aitcheson (Stephen) of Alexandria, Virginia. Grandmother of four, great-grandmother of two, and aunt of two.

A graveside service will be offered at 10 AM Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Fly Creek, with Father John P. Rosson, pastor of St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, officiating.

In honor of Catharine's love of wildlife, the family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, Virginia 22306. Her wit and love will be greatly missed.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers, or call them at (607) 547-8822.