Valerie T. Heidt March 1, 1997 - July 10, 2009 Valerie Teresa Heidt, 12, of Hublersburg, passed away Friday, July 10, 2009, in a boating accident on the Susquehanna River near Lock Haven. Born on March 1, 1997, in Moscow, 20 Russia, she was a daughter of the late Kathryn R. Heidt. Surviving is her adoptive mother Adrienne "Andi" Heidt-Nixdorf, of Hublersburg and adoptive father, Matthew Nixdorf, of Bellefonte. She was a student at the Bellefonte Area Middle School and was on the distinguished honor roll. Valerie was an equestrian rider for Eastwood Farms and she won numerous championships and blue ribbons. Valerie was a member of United States Equestrian Association, United States Hunter Jumper Association and Walker Township 4-H. She was a violinist in the orchestra, a member of the Select Women's Chorale, a Reading Competition participant, and a Make-a-Wish Dance participant. She was a member of the Drama Club, and the Snow Sports Club. Valerie played basketball, golf and soccer. She liked cooking, swimming, going to the beach, shopping and designing jewelry. She loved all animals, especially her horse "Tucker," who will miss his beautiful rider and her cat Milo. In addition to her adoptive mother and father, she is survived by two brothers, Dakota Nixdorf and Finn Nixdorf, of Hublersburg; and a sister, Drew Nixdorf, of Hublersburg. Also surviving are her grandparents, Joseph P. and Charlotte Heidt, of Bellefonte, and Kay and Ray Nixdorf, of Lancaster; her great-grandfather, Joseph P. Heidt Sr., of Hublersburg; her aunt and uncle Joseph P. and Marisa Heidt, of Golden, Colo.; and numerous other relatives and "adopted" families. Our beautiful "Russian Princess" will sadly be missed by everyone she touched in her short, sweet life. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, in the auditorium of the Bellefonte Area Middle School, 100 N. School St., Bellefonte, with the Rev. Frank E. Skies officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Centre County Paws, 1401 Trout Road, State College, PA 16801. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service Inc., 206 N. Spring St., Bellefonte.
Published in Centre Daily Times on July 13, 2009