Patricia Anne Heger
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Patty Heger ended what was nearly a lifelong earthly search for that elusive perfect cup of coffee on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. In her younger days, she forbade her daughters from "sticking me in a nursing home", but Pat was relatively comfortable spending her last days in a facility to her liking after having been sidelined by a partially amputated foot, and finally succumbing to debilitation and a broken heart after losing her husband this past St. Patrick's Day. An always determined Patricia Mann made her debut on November 9th 1927, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where at 22 she married her childhood sweetheart Robert L. Heger; a devoted union that lasted almost 64 years and produced 4 children. Michiganders "Patty" and Bob moved to West Lafayette in 1991. Pat rarely met a crossword puzzle she couldn't solve; she dashed them off in ink. Her outspoken, quirky sense of humor was usually purely unintentional, which made her all the more hilarious. She lamented the fact that she couldn't sew, draw a straight line, or carry a tune, but Pat was a wiz in the kitchen. After delighting her family with several decades of sumptuous feasts, her husband's adult onset diabetes caused Pat to become a hyper-vigilant health and nutrition advocate; she was known to selflessly throw herself in the dangerous path of a fat-laden cookie as it was en route to a loved one's lips. A plethora of medical journals, books, and her indispensable Physician's Desk Reference were always at Patty's preoccupied little fingertips. Pat was a gifted poet in her own right, but nothing brought her more joy than her grandkids, and nothing gave Pat more pride than her husband's post-retirement career as a landscape artist and pastel instructor--she eventually ran out of wall space on which to display Bob's colorful, engaging works of art. Patty's parents Beatrice and James Mann, her brother Jim, her husband Robert Llewellyn Heger, and her son-in-law Alan (Julie) Croteau preceded Pat in death. Her children survive: Julie Croteau, Robert R. and Barry Heger, Kathie and Dr. Peter Mazzara, as do grandchildren Michael Croteau, John and Kevin Heger, Carolyn and Brian Mazzara. Patty will always be remembered for her culinary delights, her vigilant watch over her family's health, her priceless unintentional humor, and her steel-trap mind with a tenacity to match. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Hippensteel Funeral Home, Inc.
822 North Ninth Street Lafayette, IN 47904
Published in the Journal & Courier from May 10 to May 11, 2014