Kathryn A. Heckard

Kathryn A. Heckard LEBANON Kathryn A. "Kate" Heckard, 88, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, at her residence. She was the wife of the late Ralph T. Heckard, Jr. She was born in Lebanon on July 27, 1924, a daughter of the late Jones Roscoe and Florence Catherine Heilman Albert. Kate was very proud of being a graduate of the Lebanon Valley College Conservatory of Music. She was a member of Nu Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma, Harmonia Music Association, and the American Association of University Women. Kate traveled extensively throughout Europe with the Pennsylvania Ambassadors for Music. She enjoyed spending many summers performing with Saratoga Potsdam Performing Arts Center. She was a member of St. Paul's UCC, Schaefferstown, where she was choir director for many years. Kate was a vocal music teacher and supervisor in public education for 40 years. She was employed by the Lebanon School District from 1952 thru her retirement in 1990. Her greatest love outside her family was the success of her music students. These were continuous challenges of creating and achieving what turned out to be decades of successful musical performances and musicians for the school community. She set the standards of expectation high. She is survived by sons, E. Scott, husband of Christina Heckard, Annapolis, Md.; Barry L., husband of Judy Heckard, Lebanon; Dennis R., husband of Barbara Heckard, Sequim, Wash.; grandchildren, Catherine Denise Stewart; Nicholas, husband of Gina Heckard; Nancy Kathryn "Kassy" Heckard; Molly Heckard; great-grandchildren, Catie, Sophie and Ozzie Stewart; brother, Edward John, husband of Geraldine Albert, Lebanon; sister-in-law, Margaretta Albert, Annville; numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by brothers, Carl, Eugene "Dutch", Ross and Calvin "Chet" Albert. Family and friends are respectfully invitedto attend Kate's funeral services on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. from Porterfield -Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, Ltd., 890 Isabel Drive, (next to Quentin Circle), Lebanon, with the Rev. Dr. Jason E. Royle officiating. Burial will be made in Hill Church Cemetery, Cleona. Friends will be received Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. to service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial remembrances in Kate's memory may be made to the Lebanon High School Vocal Music Department, c/o Dr. Marianne Bartley, 1000 S. 8th Street, Lebanon, PA 17042. For further information please call 717-272-4634 or to share on line condolences visit www.porterfieldscheidfh.com

Published in Lebanon Daily News on Mar. 11, 2013