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Dorothy Sally Heckert
Dorothy Sally Heckert, (nee Schuler) passed away peacefully on August 11, 2013, at the age of 90. She was married to Donald E. Heckert for 67 years. Sally as she was known by her friends, was so active in the community in her younger years that her mother nicknamed her Eleanor Roosevelt. She graduated from Bethlehem Business School and worked as an accountant for the Bethlehem Steel Company during World War II. She devoted her life to her daughters after their births, and was an avid supporter of their many extracurricular activities as they grew up, including being an active band parent and volunteer for the Liberty High School Grenadier Band. Sally had a lifelong dedication and involvement with Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force which offers aerospace education and air, search and rescue training for youth and adults. Civil Air Patrol provided her with the platform to exercise her values of: God, Family, Country and service to others through its myriad of opportunities. Civil Air Patrol was her familys venture.She attended the Willow Grove Air Force Base Leadership Program and achieved a Lieutenant status. As a commissioned officer she managed various activities. She orchestrated a Christmas gift drive and visit for the injured at Valley Forge Veterans Hospital. She annually managed the commissary at Hawk Mountain Ranger School which is the highest recognized civilian search and rescue training program in the country. She planned and managed the Civil Air Patrol Pennsylvania Wing awards banquet where she received the Pennsylvania Senior of the Year Award at that time. Sally also was invited by the Pennsylvania Wing Commander to attend several International Military Balls at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, as a guest and chaperone of female cadets. She hosted international cadets in her home and mentored many cadets who have gone on to have successful military and aviation careers. They remained in contact with her over the course of her life as she continued her proud supportive role of them.Civil Air Patrol provided adventurous opportunities for her such as cliff repelling, zip-lining and flying in a T-34 military training aircraft with an oval shaped bubble canopy which slides back. One of her favorite things was to feel the windsheer flying at 250 MPH. Flying in the family plane with her pilot husband and daughters was another adventure. Sally planned and hosted the USS Ingraham naval destroyer WWII reunion and banquet in the late 1980s. She was a tireless community organizer and generous formal and informal hostess. The Heckert house was the place for all to gather. There was always and open-door. She made a wonderful home for her family, friends and associates. Her political interests were a television pastime. She touched the lives of many people and the legacy of her investment in family and friends lives on. She was loved and will be missed by all. Survivors: She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Heckert; daughters, Susan Lee Heckert and Sally Ann Heckert Bikin; and son-in-law, Bruce H. Bikin. Services: Services will be private. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, kindly contribute to the Civil Air Patrol Hawk Mountain Ranger School, c/o Attorney Sally-Ann Heckert Bikin, 8 Haymarket Lane, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. A scholarship fund for cadets will be set up in her honor.
Published in Morning Call on Sept. 1, 2013
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