Vivian R. Heidmann
1923 - 2020
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Vivian R. Heidmann

Wisconsin Rapids - Vivian R. Heidmann, age 97, of Wisconsin Rapids died Wednesday November 18, 2020 at Our House Assisted House Assisted Living in Wisconsin Rapids of complications of COVID-19.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday November 23, 2020 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Valentine Joseph will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Mask and social distancing will be observed. Burial will be at a later date at St. Mary's Cemetery in Algoma. Ritchay Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Vivian was born June 11, 1923 in Algoma to Lester and Isabelle (Fenske) Heidmann. She graduated from UW Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Degree and the University of Colorado with her Master's Degree. And also attended UW Eau Claire. She taught business at Luxemburg High School for two years and at John Edwards High School in Port Edwards for 39 years, retiring in 1986.

Vivian was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Algoma, her book club, Stitch and Chatter, Delta Pi Epsilon National Honorary Professional Graduate Society in Business Education, WBEA, WEAC retired, NEA and Delta Sigma Epsilon. She was a long time member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven, the St. Rita's Ladies Group and Senior Citizens. She spent 30 years leading three special troops of Girl Scouts and directed Brownie Day Camps for several summers and acting as the Juliette Lowe Chairman. In 1952 she was sent by the Girl Scouts of America as an exchange camp counselor to Great Britain.

Vivian greatly enjoyed the many cruises she took on Holland America Cruise Line, traveling to Canada, Alaska, Mexico, South America, Norway, Italy, Spain, and the Baltic Countries. Trips to Florida and Texas; Branson and Las Vegas were always special as were yearly stays at Algoma Beach Motel and Minocqua Island Cove Condos. Vivian greatly enjoyed travel, photography, reading, crafts, the birds in her back yard, Tuesday breakfast and outings with special friends. Her nieces and nephews as well as her computer kept her busy after her retirement in 1986.

She is survived by one sister Lois Schmitz of Green Bay; nieces and nephews Gail and Eugene Tubbs, Jill and Dan Olson, Tom and Kim Storm, Cindy and Erl Dukerschein, Dan and Cynthia Storm, Andy and Julie Storm, Heidi and Steve Jackson, Randall Schmitz, Laurie Dufek, Sue Schmitz and Galen Denamur, Maureen and Jay Bartley, Tim Schmitz, Phil and Ann Schmitz, Paula and Dave Batterman, and many great and great great nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed a special granddaughter, Tammy and her family. She was preceded in death by one sister and brother in law Carole and Robert Storm, brother in law Aaron Schmitz great niece Katie Dufek and nephew Rick Storm. Special friends are the William and Tammy Lukomski family, the David Reinke family and Linda and Doug Dresden.

Vivian offers many thanks to the loving care given at Our House by Tammy and her caring team. Memorials may be designated to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church of Wisconsin Rapids or 16th Street Our House.





Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
NOV
23
Visitation
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
NOV
23
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
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November 23, 2020
For me, Vivian was an invaluable gift given to me at a time where I received it with a glassy, unappreciative stare. I took her typing class because I was told I had better; I was one of the restless gang in the bleachers making noise when she had to police those not on stage rehearsing at school plays. Vivian met my adolescent indifference and boorishness with endless patience and determination. Recognizing my shortcomings, I tried to atone when I encountered her at Phil Haines' funeral. My appeal was woefully late and insufficient, but at least I was finally on record. Vivian's tireless, thoughtful efforts made an impact on me and so many others. She is a tribute to a life well-lived.
KERRY D AMES
Student
November 20, 2020
She was my typing teacher in the 70s. At the time I was terrified of her, but I still know where the home keys are, and I use the valuable skill she taught me every single day of my life. You were a force to be reckoned with Miss Heidmann. Your influence lives on and on.
Lynn DuPree
Student
November 20, 2020
I remembser Miss Heidmann as a Girl Scout leader. She arranged an exchange between our Algoma troop led by Joyce Mateju with her Port Edwards troop. It was great fun.
My sympathy and prayers for all of her family and friends.
Kathy Kohlbeck
Kathy Kohlbeck
Acquaintance
November 19, 2020
Vivian was a close friend of my mother’s, especially after my father died. She was also critically important in helping my mother when mother became sick. My sister Barbara and I couldn’t have managed without Vivian’s tireless help. Vivian was always so cheerful, positive, patient and capable. What a trailblazer, earning a degree in Business when she did. Vivian was so generous in spending so much time on volunteer work during her life. Vivian and her students didn’t realize when we took high school typing classes how important that skill would become years later now that we use word processing, emails and texts throughout the day! I think of that often. God bless you Vivian, now I’ll have another angel in heaven to pray to.
Marjorie Lyons
Friend
November 19, 2020
Vivian was a dear and special friend of our family. She and my mother, Nell Sisco, were especially close. I will miss stopping to visit Vivian whenever I go to Wisconsin Rapids. Vivian was a woman far ahead of her time, and she was very gracious. My sincere condolences to your entire family. You were so blessed to have Vivian in your life, and she spoke with great love for all of you. May this beautiful and amazing woman now Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord.
Allene Sisco Faber
Friend
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