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Betty Louise Heckman

Battle Creek

Bette Louise Heckman, 84, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died at home with her family at her side on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

She was born February 21, 1929 in Battle Creek to Leo C. and H. Fern (Miller) Kahler.  After graduating from Battle Creek Central High School in 1948, Bette was employed with Battle Creek Schools in the maintenance office, Willard Public Library, McClellan's Five & Ten Store, Awrey's Bakery and was a bookkeeper at Michigan National Bank for three years.  Bette was then employed with the Kellogg Company, retired after 32 years and was a member of the Kellogg 25 Year Club.

Bette married Lawrence "Larry" Zeno on October 19. 1950 and together they had four children.  Bette married Harold Heckman February 14, 1980.  Harold preceded Bette in death on May 24, 2002.  Surviving are her children, Ricky (Rose) Zeno, Sharon (Steve) Smith and Randy Zeno all of Battle Creek; stepchildren, Edward (Kris) Heckman of Stoughton, WI, David (Sue) Heckman of Roswell, NM; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three nephews, Doug DeWendt, James and Russell Kahler; a niece, Jane Gibbs; two sisters-in-law, Norma J. Heckman and Norma L. Heckman; three great nieces, Robin, Renee and Penny; many other special friends who know who they are; and her special dog, "Scooter".  In addition to her husband, Bette was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Debra Sue Zeno at age 16; stepfather, Garnett Shannon; a brother and sister-in-law, Ross (Doris) Kahler; sister, Freda Kahler; a sister, Hilda (FA) Lee; two brothers-in-laws, Richard and Kenneth Heckman; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Walker; brother-in-law, Arthur Joslyn who was killed in WWII; special niece, Janet DeWindt; and special friend, Dorothy Little.

Bette loved to dance and joined a volunteer dance group that provided entertainment at nursing homes and for veterans groups and senior citizens.  She enjoyed bowling, bicycling, motorcycles, playing cards, painting with both oils and toile paints, garage sales, working in her flower gardens, and loved watching and feeding her birds.  She enjoyed her trips to Florida, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Wisconsin; and her many trips with Harold to Florida and her computer, she got in her 80's.  She enjoyed Dancing With The Stars, Lawrence Welk, Bon Jovi and never missed Joel Osteen.  She loved her dogs and called them her "old age kids".  Her greatest love was her family and friends, especially all the holidays, birthdays, and all the special times they shared together.  She loved all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loved watching their activities and was very proud of all their accomplishments. 

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at the funeral home 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  Interment will follow at Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or Great Lakes Caring Hospice Foundation.  Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.                                                                   

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Oct. 8, 2013
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