Helen Florence Heying
August 18, 2021
Helen Florence Heying, age 88 of Chesterton, IN, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on January 13, 1933 in Bangor, WI to William F. and Helen V.
(Schaller) Gasper, both of whom preceded her in death
On June 26, 1954, in Middle Ridge, WI, she married Virgil R. Heying, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by her loving children Janet (Manuel) Koutelas of Valparaiso. IN, Mark (Pam Monson) Heying of White Cloud, MI, Jill (Donald) Burns of Michigan City, IN, Jeanne (Miki) Kasai of Alexandria, VA, Judy (Jeffrey) Fitzpatrick of ount Carroll, IL, Julie (David) Sanchez of Naperville, IL, Jennifer (Dominick) Manco of Fort Wayne, IN, and Jami Heying of Valparaiso, IN, her adoring grandchildren: Krist (Sara), Leigh, John (Mirjana), Adam, Ryan (Francine), Megan (Jonathan), Anthony (Judy), Melissa, Nicholas, Marcus, Benjamin, Sophia, Ethan, Silas, Braeden, Emmanuel (Candee), and Christina, and by her treasured great-grandchildren: Tyg, Zanna, Grayson, Ryleigh, Alexis, Anna, Spencer, Tabitha, Morgan, and Madison.
She is also survived by her loving siblings: Muriel Doll of La Crosse, WI, Thomas (Doris) Gasper of Onalaska, WI, Daniel (Suzie) Gasper of Newark CA; Stephen (Sharon) Gasper of Cambridge, WI, and Barbara (Dennis) Mlsna of Cashton. WI, and sisters-in-law Dorene Theisen Leo of West Des Moines, IA, and Mona Gasper. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends from the YMCA and Red Hats groups.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by her brothers William Gasper, Dennis Gasper, and Carl Gasper: her sisters, Marie Doll and Marjorie Schmitt, her brothers-in-law, Vernon Doll, Albert Doll, Robert Schmitt, Marvin Heying, Ronald Heying, Harold Theisen, and Guido Leo, and by her sisters-in-law, Delores Gasper, Maria "Charo" Gasper, and Ruth Heying.
Helen was a Qualified Medical Assistant at the Visiting Nurses Association and Whispering Pines Nursing Home for several years, however, her most important life's role was being a wonderful, loving mother to her eight children.
Helen's hobbies included sewing, baking, painting, reading books, doing crossword puzzles, putting together puzzles, bird watching, flower gardening, watching General Hospital and the Cubs games on TV, playing Words with Friends and Scrabble. She enjoyed traveling and visiting her relatives. Helen requests that those she leaves behind watch a sunset at Lake Michigan, smell the flowers, feed the birds, read a book, paint a picture, and have a nice drink for her!
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, August 9, 2021, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN, with Fr. Jon Plavcan officiated. Burial followed at Chesterton Cemetery. The family received friends on Sunday, August 8, 2021, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton, IN.
Memorial donations may be given to the Chesterton YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton, IN 46304 or to a senior program of the donor's choice.