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County Seat Newspaper
of Clare County


MAY 17, 1928 – MAY 25, 2019


Donna Jean Heckman, aged 91, of Harrison, passed away at the home of her daughter on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Clare.  She was born on May 17, 1928 to Lloyd A. and Marie A. (Miller) Frush in Warsaw, Indiana.  She graduated from the Warsaw High School in 1946.  She had worked for the Gresso Department Store and the United Telephone Company for several years. 

Donna married Stanley P. Heckman on Feb. 7, 1948 at the United Brethren Church in Warsaw, Indiana.  They moved to Ypsilanti, Mi. in 1951 where she worked for Ford Motor Company as a Secretary for 8 years.  She took a little time off to raise their two children and went to work for Wright Griffen CPA office for two years and then worked part time for the Presbyterian Church until retirement.  Following retirement, they moved to Lincoln, Mi. for almost 9 years.  Later they moved to Punta Gorda, Fla. and enjoyed the warm weather for almost 24 years.  Due to Stanley’s illness they needed to be closer to their children, so they moved to Harrison, Michigan. in 2006.  She was a member of the Clare United Methodist Church.

Donna loved to bowl, fish, pick mushrooms. Make lap robes for the VA, do oil paintings, attend Bible Study, make quilts, and Bake Cookies for friends and family.  One of her main passions was to go SHOPPING!  She loved to spoil her grand dogs.

A son, Michael Lee Heckman preceded Donna in death on Nov. 21, 1949 and Stanley died on May 7, 2015.  She is survived by her son, Mark Allen (Carmen) Heckman of Harrison, her daughter, Cathy Lynn Frederick of Clare, six grandchildren, Jason, Megan, Erica, Justin, Brandi, and Rachelle, and four great-grandchildren, Eli, Jayla, Deon, and Peyton.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 31, at 11:00 AM at the Clare United Methodist Church with Pastor John Kasper officiating.  Burial will follow cremation, and interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Indiana.  Friends may meet with her family at the Clare Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Church.  Memorials may be made to the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund or to the Clare County Food Truck.


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