Tornado Kills Eighth Person

By: Sara Stewart, Reporter


By Sara Stewart

The death toll from the EF-5 tornado has risen to eight.

85 year-old Bertha Eckhoff of Parkersburg died Tuesday night.

Now six have died in Parkersburg and two in New Hartford.

It's a sad day for a town that has already lost so much.

"It wouldn't be easy for anyone under the circumstances," says Harlan DeJong, the Victim's Pastor.

Bertha Eckhoff went to the First Reform Church in Aplington, five miles from Parkersburg.

"Just one of those really neat ladies, you could go visit her and it was like an hour that went real quick," he says.

And the way she went was too quick for her family and many in the town.

She lived on Conn Street. And if you take a look around you can see how much damage was done in this area.

"It's been an overwhelming 10 days just to walk or ride through Parkersburg. You feel like you want to break down and cry," says her Pastor.

She was married for fifty-eight years to Egbert Eckhoff who died three years ago.

"She loved her husband when she was a live and she gave herself completely to taking care of him," DeJong says.

They had six children who gave them 17 grand-kids and 13 great-grandchildren.

"They're a family of faith and take comfort that their mom knew Jesus Christ, That's their comfort, she's in heaven so that gives them a lot of comfort and hope," says her Pastor.

Hope they thinks will give them strength to live on.

Bertha Eckhoff will be buried on Saturday in Parkersburg.

Her funeral is set for that same day at First Reformed Church in Aplington.


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