Neal Andrew Heeren, 44, of 139 Sugar Road died Monday, July 18, 2011, after being stricken ill while jogging. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Suzanne M. Sam (Souder) Heeren; two sons: John Daniel Jack and Michael William Heeren; two daughters: Emily Grace and Kirsten Joy Heeren, and two foster-children: Kiley and Aiden, all at home; three brothers: James Heeren of Manassas, VA, Roger Heeren and his wife, Beth, of Georgetown, TX, and Keith Heeren and his wife, Tammy, of Lee, MA; a sister, Christine Heeren of Idaho Falls, ID; several nieces and nephews. Neal was born in Waltham, son of the late Vernon and Dorothy (Olson) Heeren and was raised in Wayland. He was a graduate of Wayland High School, Class of 1985; UMass at Amherst, Class of 1989. Neal received his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University in 1992, at which time he and Sam returned to MA, and settled in Bolton in 1993. Devoted to his family, Neal was equally dedicated to helping those less fortunate. As an attorney in private practice, he specialized in juvenile law and worked for the Worcester County Juvenile Court. He was a charter member of Hope Chapel in Sterling, and a member of the Board of Directors at First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center in Clinton. In addition, Neal served the Town of Bolton as a member of its Planning Board, Board of Registrars, and the Agricultural Steering Committee, as well as volunteering his time as a Coach for a variety of sports teams. Neals funeral will be held on Friday, July 22, 2011 with a service at 10:00 a.m. in Hope Chapel, 35 Chocksett Road, Sterling. Burial is private. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 5:00 | 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Neal's memory to Microseeds, a ministry that provides loans to widows in Rwanda: Microseeds, c/o Hope Chapel, 35 Chocksett Road, Sterling MA 01564 www.mcnallywatson.com
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Published in The Harvard Post from July 21 to July 28, 2011