SPARTA - Constance Joy Heckenberger (Goepel) went home to the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at her residence, with her loving family by her side. She was 74. Constance was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Frederick and Katherine (Pfisterer) Goepel. She was one of seven siblings. She presently resided for the last 40 years in Sparta/Lake Mohawk. Mrs. Heckenberger was previously employed for seven years as a billing specialist with Tiffany & Co., of Parsippany, retiring in 2003. Early on, Constance was actively involved in the Junior Women's Club of Sparta, and many of the Intra Clubs at Lake Mohawk. Over the last seven years she was very involved with the Knoll Heights Community, especially the gardening and bridge club. She was a congregant of the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, and longtime member of the bell choir. Mrs. Heckenberger is survived by a son, R. Scott, and his wife, Lisa, of Sparta; a daughter; R. Joy Leader, and her husband, Michael, of Debary, Fla.; a brother, Robert Goepel, of North Hills, Pa.; and two granddaughters, Amanda Heckenberger and Kaitlyn Clemens. Friends and family are invited to the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a memorial service. Memorial contributions in Constance's name may be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Charitable Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton NJ 07860. Arrangements are being handled by Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta NJ 07871. Visit www.goblefuneral.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 28, 2012