Carol Jean Heap, nee Kreher, 66, of Swansea, Ill., born April 18, 1946, in Belleville, Ill., died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at her home.
Mrs. Heap was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral Parish, Belleville, Ill. She had worked as a part-time payroll clerk for the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Restaurant for 17 years. Carol enjoyed playing tennis, and she served as a volunteer for the Pregnancy Care Center in Belleville. Her grandchildren were the "lights of her life".
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester L. and Virginia M., nee Kassebaum, Kreher; and a brother, Kenneth Kreher.
Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Joseph T. Heap, whom she married on July 14, 1967; three sons and a daughter, Bradley J. (Laura) Heap of Swansea, Ill., Matthew S. Heap of Belleville, Ill., Joshua P. (Bridget) Heap of O'Fallon, Ill., and Nicole M. Peden of Belleville, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Isabella and Isaiah Heap, Bailey and Brock Boyer, McKenna and Wyatt Heap, and Jake, Rose, and Lucas Peden; five brothers and two sisters, James (Mary) Kreher of Smithton, Ill., Thomas (Renee) Kreher of Freeburg, Ill., Janet Venhaus of Mascoutah, Ill., Allan "Buzz" (Patti) Kreher of Belleville, Ill., Raymond (Jean) Kreher of Finleyville, Pa., Wayne (Linda) Kreher of Winter Springs, Fla., and Elaine (Russ) Hoernis of Belleville, Ill.; her mother-in-law, Catherine Heap of Belleville, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Mary M. Kozik, and two brothers-in-law, Bill (Jackie) Heap and Tony (Linda) Heap, all of Belleville, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter's Cathedral or to BJC Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.