Helen Heck, 88, of Windsor, Missouri, died Sunday morning, May 7, 2017, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.
She was born August 12, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of William Robert Heydon and Stella Agnes (North) Heydon. On May 17, 1948, in Ottawa, Kansas, she married Leonard Monroe Heck and he survives of the home. Together they shared in almost 69 years of marriage.
Helen grew up in the Kansas City area and attended St. Michael the Archangel Catholic school, followed by East High School in Kansas City, Mo. Early in their married life, she accompanied Leonard as he served 3 years with the Army, after being called to duty a second time during the Korean Conflict. After moving back to the Kansas City area, she worked for General Motors in the parts department. Being active in the lives of her children was important to her and she stayed home during their growing up years and volunteered in the Girl Scouts and PTA organizations. She then went back to work for United Auto Workers Local 93 in Kansas City, retiring in the 1980’s. She was an accomplished seamstress and won many awards and ribbons in quilting and sewing garments including coats and vests. She also enjoyed gardening, canning, bowling, and had a quick wit enjoyed by all who lovingly knew her as “NeeNaw.” She was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Windsor. She was instrumental in the establishment of the annual church spaghetti dinner and enjoyed volunteering in many ways, including making banners for the church.
In addition to her husband, Leonard, survivors include 2 children, Linda Freese (Brian), Clinton, Mo.; and Patrick Heck (Bonnie), Kansas City, Mo.; 4 grandsons, Andrew Freese (Pam), Jeffrey Freese (Kathleen), Christopher Heck (Reneé), Thomas Heck (Caitlin); and 9 great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Ashley, Andrea, Abigail, Thomas, Marshall, Luci, Henry, and Samuel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Windsor, with Celebrant Father Jim Taranto. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends before the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Friends may call from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.