Viola “Shortie” Heitz, 97, St. Anthony

SHORTY USEViola “Shortie” Heitz, 87, of St. Anthony, died Sunday (February 7) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Jasper March 16, 1928, to Leo and Bertha (Rickelman) Kunkler. She married William Russel Heitz June 27, 1953, in St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Viola retired at the age of 75 from the linen department at Memorial Hospital in Jasper where she worked for over 25 years. She was a member of St. Anthony Church and enjoyed cooking, cleaning, and going to basketball games.

She is survived by her husband, Russ Heitz; one daughter, Tonya Wilgus and husband Rick, Evanville; two grandchildren, Trace Wilgus and wife Abby, Austin, Texas, and Trev Wilgus, Dallas, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Nora Jo Wilgus; and one sister, Bernice Deffendoll, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Esther Schnell Barnett, and one brother, Leroy Kunkler.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at St Anthony Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Northwood Retirement Community or to St. Anthony Church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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