Frances “Fran” Heien (1939-2016)

heienfran-resizedFrances “Fran” Heien

May 7, 1939 – September 1, 2016 

Frances Marie Heien, nee Armstrong, age 77, of O’Fallon, born May 7, 1939 in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away Thursday afternoon, September 1, 2016 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

Fran was one of three daughters of Frank and Gertrude, nee Drinkwine, Armstrong. She was baptised, confirmed and married in O’Fallon United Church of Christ. She was active in her church for many years and was a volunteer summer camp counselor for PTOEC – Exceptional Children.

A proud alumni of Alton Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Fran worked a few years at Belleville hospitals, then for 14 years as a registered nurse at O’Fallon School District 90. She was an American Red Cross volunteer, served on the Board of Directors for Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary, volunteering for 26 years, and the Hospital Foundation Board.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gary D. Heien, Sr., whom she married June 24, 1961 at O’Fallon United Church of Christ, and who passed away June 22, 2011; her son Gary D. Heien, Jr.; her parents; her sisters Shirley Armstrong and Virginia Joergensen.

Surviving are her daughter Susan Lynn (Steve) Gasser of O’Fallon; grandchildren Jillian and Luke Gasser; Trevor, Gavin, and Jordan Dumstorff-Heien; brother-in-law Pete Joergensen; nephew Kevin Armstrong, two special and loving nieces Diahann Gagen and Nanette Ruwe; and her dear cousin Gloria Schobert.

In keeping with Fran and Gary’s generosity, memorial donations are suggested to Memorial Foundation.

Although Fran would have preferred to avoid the attention, it seems fitting and appropriate to host an Open House Reception, in lieu of a traditional funeral, to honor her. Friends are invited to join her family to celebrate her life between the hours of 1:30 – 4:00 pm, Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Memorial East Hospital, 1404 Cross St., Shiloh, Illinois.

Private services will be held for the family. Interment will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon, Ill.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois.