Mary A. Heberer, 72, Ferdinand

Mary A. Heberer, 72, of Ferdinand, died Friday, September 7, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born December 6, 1945, to Martin and Henrietta (Bachman) Auffart. She married Arthur Heberer June 26, 1992, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. He died July 11, 2002.

Mary was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She retired from DMI as a secretary. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and enjoyed flowers, going out to lunch with her friends, being with her friends at the gym, various card clubs, knitting and crocheting, and her lunches with Claire.

She is survived by one brother, Joe Auffart and wife Lyra, Jasper; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Jeanette Auffart, both of Ferdinand; two step-sons, Arthur Heberer III, Virginia, and William Burgess Heberer Sr., Jasper; one step-daughter, Mary Hudson Potts, Louisville; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony, Bob, and Jim Auffart, one sister, Ruth Auffart, one niece, Jenny Seaton, and one nephew, David Auffart.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Church followed by burial of cremains in the church cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Christ the King Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at

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