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Helen C. Heckman

December 9, 1919 — July 22, 2020

Helen C. Heckman

Helen C. Heckman of Harbor Springs, Mi., passed away in her home Wednesday, July 22, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones.  She was 100 years old.

Born in Bridgewater, VA on December 9, 1919, she was the daughter of Elmer and Jeanne Long.

Helen was a stay at home mom who raised her four children, and took great pride and joy in doing so.  She then worked for a catering business (Novotny Catering, in Avon Ohio) for many years.  After moving to Northern Michigan, she worked at the Crows Nest Restaurant for a few more years before retiring.

She was a very talented baker and chef.  She loved holidays, bringing friends and family together for eloquent meals (making more food than most can imagine).  She enjoyed baking for neighbors at Christmas time.

She is survived by her children, Jeannette (David) Gill, Richard (Frances) Heckman, David (Susan) Heckman and Robert Heckman (and significant other Gay Pate); her grandchildren, Scott (Heather) Heckman, Steve Heckman, Todd (Sherry) Heckman and Tammy (Michael) Sciolli; 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Frank; a sister; Jeannette and 2 brothers; Jack and Paul.

The family will remember her privately.  Donations in her memory may be made to your local Area Agency on Aging’s Waiver Program so that others can pass in the comfort of their homes as was her wish.

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