Dorothy Anna Heckman, our gracious mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother, age 103, passed away on August 17, 2014 in St. Johns, Michigan, a long-time resident of Pewamo, Michigan. She was born on May 27, 1911 in Riley Township, Clinton County, Michigan, the daughter of John and Mary (Trierweiler) Schneider. She enjoyed playing cards, knitting and crocheting, cooking, crossword puzzles and reading. She especially loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Altar Society of Pewamo. She was married to her loving husband, Joseph on May 31, 1934, who preceded her in death, as did her daughters, Marie (Lawrence Fernholz), Joann (Robert Ladiski), son Donald, and daughters-in-law, Ann (James) and Linda (Edward). Her brothers, Leonard (Regina), Herman (Mary), Richard (Marian), Joseph (Midge), Raymond (Jackie), Edwin (Florence), Harold (Marie), John (Bernice) and sister Loretta preceded her in death also.
Surviving are her sons and daughters, Jean (Louis) Schafer, John (Sherry), James (Ellen), Edward (Joan), Thomas, Theresa (Edward) Ladiski, Kenneth (Joyce), Joseph (Ruth) and sons-in-law, Lawrence (Maggie) Fernholz and Robert (Joann) Ladiski. Sisters-in-law, Midge (Joseph) Schneider and Bernice (John) Schneider also survive her. She was the happy and proud grandmother of 32 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild and through extended families, 10 additional grandchildren, 14 additional great grandchildren and 1additional great-great grandchild.
Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pewamo with Rev. Fr. Larry King presiding, burial to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pewamo. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a rosary being prayed at 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 11112 W. Ionia St., Fowler. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.