Mary Lou Heckman, 98, of Westphalia, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022, at Westphalia Hills surrounded by her family.
She was born December 2, 1923, in Westphalia, Missouri, the daughter of Henry A. and Gertrude (Castrop) Luebbert.
She was married on February 27, 1946, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia to John Peter Heckman, who preceded her in death November 9, 2015. They were married 69 years.
Before her marriage, Mary Lou worked three years at the Oberman Manufacturing Company in Jefferson City during World War II when they made Army and Navy uniforms. Once married, she was a homemaker raising their five children.
She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and St. Ann’s Ladies Sewing Circle.
Mary Lou loved to quilt and enjoyed making quilts for each of her eighteen grandchildren and many baby quilts for the great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed baking for her family, traveling with her husband, working in her flower beds, and her beloved dog Mindy who was always by her side.
Survivors include five children, Allan (Janice) Heckman, Folk; Linda Kay Schulte, Jefferson City; Leon (Jane) Heckman, Folk; Randy (Darla) Heckman, Folk; and Geralyn (Kenneth) Luebbert, Jefferson City; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren including one born on the day she died, Jax; and three 3 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, a son-in-law, Richard Schulte; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Zimmer, and Cohen Isenberg; and two brothers, Wilfred (Esther) Luebbert and Leonard Luebbert.
Private family Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, January 13, 2022, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Folk with the Rev. Anthony Viviano officiating.
Burial was in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia was in charge of the arrangements.
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