A 23-year-old UW-Whitewater student from Milton died Jan. 19 after a long battle with medical problems, according to a university announcement and her obituary.

A visitation and Mass of Christian Burial for Emily J. Eckert, who was born in Janesville, is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26,  at St. Mary Catholic Church, Milton.

Eckert was a junior psychology major who died at UW Hospital in Madison after what her obituary describes as “a 10-year battle with autoimmune hepatitis (liver) and sclerosing cholangitis.”

She graduated from Milton High School in 2016.

“She loved to sing and play music, hike, cook, go sightseeing, and her dogs April and Buster,” her obituary states. “She loved working with people with autism and Alzheimer’s.”

Eckert’s visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary church, where she was a member. Her obituary says the visitation will follow Rock County’s 25% capacity guidance.

“We ask that conversations are brief to accommodate the crowd. Masks are required,” the obituary states. “Due to COVID restrictions there will be no lunch, the family will have a celebration in honor of Emily, at their house, after COVID.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation and start at 11:30 a.m. A link to the service livestreamed on Facebook will be available through St. Mary's website, www.saintmarymilton.org.

Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton, is assisting the family with arrangements.

The flag at UW-Whitewater will fly at half-staff Tuesday. Programs and resources are in place for students, as well as faculty and staff.

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