Claire M. Eckel, 28

Claire Marie Eckel, age 28, of Dassel, died Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

Her funeral service will be Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at First Apostolic Lutheran Church, Dassel, with Mark Koivisto conducting the service.

A Celebration of Life will follow the funeral at the Dassel History Center, beginning at noon.

There was also a time to gather with the family Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the service arrangements.

Claire Marie (Salmen) Eckel, was born July 6, 1990, in St. Cloud, the daughter of Dale and Beverly (Roiko) Salmen. She was baptized and confirmed in the Apostolic Lutheran faith.

Claire grew up in the Dassel Cokato area, where she attended school and graduated from the Dassel-Cokato High School in 2008.

Claire was united in marriage to Chase Eckel June 28, 2014, at Noonan’s Park in Alexandria. The couple made their home in Dassel, where Claire loved being a mother and spending time with her husband and her three children.

A talented painter, and writer, Claire also enjoyed reading and the outdoors. Her family was important to her and she was fond of the time they would get together for holidays and special events.

Claire was a social person and could often be found surrounded by her numerous friends and acquaintances. She was an advocate for social issues that she held dear.

She loved music, especially playing a keyboard and singing with her husband, Chase.

Claire will be missed by her family and her many friends.

She is survived by her husband, Chase Eckel, and her children, Fiona, Cove, and Silas Eckel, all of Dassel; parents Dale and Beverly Salmen of Williston, ND; siblings Brad (Natalie) Salmen of Cokato, Darren (Allison) Salmen of Lyman, SC; David Salmen of Golden Valley, Brett (Christine) Salmen of Dassel, Shane (Brittany) Salmen of Pepperell, MA; Krista (Mark) Kangas of Alexander, ND; Kurt (Hannah) Salmen of Maple Plain, and Jocelyn (Mike) Lundeen of Alexander, ND; her paternal grandmother, Elsie Salmen, of Menahga; her maternal grandmother, Lempi Roiko, of Menahga; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Rodney Salmen; and her maternal grandfather, August Roiko.

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