Olive Belle Eckstrom

Smethport - Olive Belle Eckstrom, 91, of Smethport, passed away Friday (March 8, 2019) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.


She was born Nov. 26, 1927 in Port Allegany, a daughter of Asa and Hazel Nolan Connor.  She was married to John Ponikvar, who died in 1970. She then married William Abbey, who died in 1976.  She was married lastly to Wesley Eckstrom, who died in 2001.


Mrs. Eckstrom had worked at Backus Company of Smethport for a period of time, but was ultimately a homemaker, tending to the needs of her family.


She loved music, playing Bingo and spending time with all of her family.


She is survived by: 

One son:  William (Carolyn) Abbey of Smethport

One daughter:  Donna (Larry) Schneller of Cyclone

One step daughter: Linda Huntington of East Smethport

Grandchildren: John E. Abbey, Deanna Hudak, Ann Marie Cady, Sharon Lynn Conlin and Robert John Schneller

fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two great-great grandchildren and one brother.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 4-5 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, where funeral and committal services will be held at 5 PM with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sena Kean Manor Activities Department, 17083 Rt. 6, Smethport, PA  16749 or a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.