Jean B. Hecker

HECKER, Jean B. Jean Hamilton (Butler) Hecker, 86, of Avery Heights, Hartford, formerly of Windsor, widow of William Hecker, died Tuesday, (September 13, 2005) at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Scranton, PA, daughter of the late Elmer and Nellie (Hamilton) Butler, she lived in Windsor for 42 years before moving to Avery Heights. She was employed as an engineering inspector at Chance Vought and was proud of being the only woman in her group, and only group member promoted, on the assembly line for Corsair Airplanes during World War II. After moving to Windsor, Jean enjoyed being a waitress at AC Petersens in Windsor for many years. Jean met her husband, William "Bill" Hecker, at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, where both were members of the "Firesiders" group and loved skiing and hiking. In Windsor, they enjoyed gardening as part of the Windsor Community Garden. They were dedicated workers for charity programs such as South Park Inn soup kitchen, Honor Court, and CROP walk. Jean was an accomplished knitter and seamstress and enjoyed creating things for family and charity. She was a devoted member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Windsor and was a past president of the United Methodist Women. She and Bill loved to travel to places like Australia, Africa, Central America, and Europe and earlier, had camped across the United States and eastern Canada numerous times. She leaves her loving daughter, Sandra J. Hecker, of Arlington, VA. She was predeceased by a brother, Elmer F. Butler, Jr., and a half-sister, Evelyn Butler. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Sunday, October 2, at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 180 Park Avenue, Windsor, 06095. A reception will follow for friends to visit with her daughter, Sandy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her friend, missionary Debbie Weissenberger/African Inland Mission (care of Trinity United Methodist Church), or to the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund. Carmon Windsor Funeral Home has care of arrangements. For on-line condolences, please go to

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Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 18, 2005