SOMERS, N.Y. Julia Eschenbach, a founding member of the Somers Newcomers Club, died in California at the age of 83.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind., Eschenbach graduated from the Indiana University School of Nursing and was married to Conrad Casler in 1951. Together they had two children, Conrad Jr. and Cathryn.
In 1966 she married Dr. Richard (Dick) Eschenbach, who had two teenagers of his own. While raising a family of four teens, Eschenbach earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing education at Indiana University and, shortly thereafter, gave birth to a son, Allen Eschenbach.
In 1969, the family moved to Somers, where she became a vestry member at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and sang in the choir.
She helped establish the Somers Newcomers Club and during that time, she became an avid bridge player and eventually reached the level of Life Master.
The Eschenbachs moved to Ukiah, Calif. in 1983, where Eschenbach continued her church activities and maintained her devotion to bridge, in between travels around the world with her husband.
She is survived by her husband, Dick, her sons, Conrad Casler of Tulsa, Okla. and Allen Eschenbach of Nipomo, Calif., and her step-children, Dr. Ted Eschenbach of Anchorage, Alaska and Sherry Knight of Greensboro, Tenn. She had 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Cathryn Hull Zampa and one grandchild.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at Holy Trinity Church, 640 South Orchard Avenue, Ukiah, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations by mail to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Ukiah, or the Jean L. Coffey Webster Nursing Scholarship of Indiana University. To donate to the scholarship fund, call the university at (812) 855-0661.
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