Alice Evelyn Heim, 90, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away Jan. 27, 2014, in Palm Coast, Fla. A native of New York, N.Y., born Aug. 28, 1923, to Robert Prescott Hausrath and Gladys Cook Bass, she came to the area in 1986 from Port Washington, Wis. Alice graduated from Ponce De Leon High School in Coral Gables and she was a Christian Scientist. Her memberships include PEO International, Daughters of The American Revolution, Past Worthy Matron of The Eastern Star, Social Order of the Beauceant, and a Leader/Trainer for The Girl Scouts of America. She began her working life during World War II as a clerk/typist for the Department of War in Miami. She also worked as an office assistant, a bookkeeper, and a continuity writer for a local radio station before finding her passion as a designer of crochet and tatting patterns. Her designs were published in many craft magazines and created a booklet of 20 projects published as "Crochet for Wedding and Home." She taught adult education classes in crochet and in tatting in Wisconsin and Florida.
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She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Dallas W. Heim Jr.; five sisters, Dorothy Schwartz, Eleanor Young, Lois McCloud, Jeanne Thomson, and Beatrice Esty Hogberg. Survivors include two daughters, Leslie Herkamp and husband Nathan of Palm Coast and Lauren Pelc and husband Richard of Schaumburg, Ill.; four grandchildren, Sarah Herkamp of Gainesville, Nathan Herkamp and wife Leigh of Rochester, N.Y., Rachael Edison and husband William of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Christopher Pelc and wife Noelany of Denton, Texas; great-granddaughter Evelyn Luise Herkamp of Rochester, N.Y.; and sister in-law Florence Custer of Davidsville, Pa.
A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Wilder Funeral Home, 4890 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, with a reception to follow. Interment services will take place at Florida National Cemetery at 2 p.m. on the same day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Continuing Education, through PEO Chapter HL. Send checks made out to PEO Chapter HL to President Sally Moore, 24 Woodfield Circle, Homosassa, FL 34446. Or you may choose to contribute to PEO International Scholar Awards, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312 or https://donations.peointernational.org/peo-donation-psa in memory of Alice.
To express condolences to Alice's family, please visit www.wilderfuneral.com.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 23, 2014