Mary Catherine Heeke, 91, Celestine

Mary Catherine Heeke, 91, of Celestine, passed away at 1 a.m. Saturday, March 30 , 2019, at the Northwood Retirement Community, in Jasper.

She was born on October 21, 1927, at Celestine to Frank and Bertha (Gehlhausen) Kluesner. She married Leonard Heeke on June 30, 1951 at St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Mary Catherine was a homemaker and member of St. Isidore Parish-St. Celestine Catholic Church and the St. Ann’s Society.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard Heeke; three daughters and two sons, Debbie Weyer (Steve), Ferdinand, Judy Schnarr (Glenn), Celestine, Carol Schroering (Mark), Jasper, Ken Heeke (Joy), Greencastle, and Tom Heeke (Bernadette), Celestine; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.; and one sister, Evelyn Merkel, Celestine.

Preceding her in death are two sisters, Ann Kempf and Lou Buechler.

Funeral services for Mary Catherine Heeke will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, in St. Celestine Catholic Church, with burial to follow in St. Celestine Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Rosary will be held by the St. Ann’s Society at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Catholic Church.

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