Gwendolyn Eichel


Gwendolyn H. Eichel, 95, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away peacefully Thursday August 4, 2016, at Brown County Health and Living in Nashville, Indiana.

Mrs. Eichel was born July 28, 1921, in Camilla, Georgia. She was a school secretary for Fort Wayne Community Schools for many years before retiring and moving to Gainesville, Georgia, where she loved living near her parents, Judson Leland Hudson and Odessa (Bennett) Hudson; her brother, Jack Hudson; and her sister, Daphne Shultz. She loved golf and belonged to a ladies’ league as well as a couple’s league with her husband, Ike.

After returning to Indiana, the Eichel’s joined First United Methodist Church in Columbus where Gwen belonged to the Miriam Circle and volunteered for many years helping with weekly bulletins, the annual smorgasbord and the cookie walk. She made the best snickerdoodles!!!!!

In her final years, she enjoyed living at Brown County Health and Living where her nursing staff grew to be like family and she felt at home.

Mrs. Eichel was preceded in death by her husband, Otto L. “Ike” Eichel on October 25, 200, as well as her parents, brother and sister.

Survivors include her son, Karl (Sharleen) Eichel of Columbus; her daughter, Janice (David) Boyle of Newburgh, Indiana; her grandsons, Aaron Eichel of Columbus and Zachary (Kristin) Eichel of Indianapolis; her granddaughters, Jessica (Andrew) Zellers of Evansville and Amanda (Ryan) Dawson of Owensboro, Kentucky; two great-granddaughters, Margaret Eichel and Ruby Zellers, and a great-grandson, Rowan Zellers; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

No services are planned at this time. Gwen will be cremated and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gwen may be made to First United Methodist Church Miriam Circle or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements were entrusted to Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.

You are invited to light a virtual candle and leave a condolence message for the Eichel family via the funeral home Web site.