Heiland, Mary Jo (Edwards), 75, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Heiland; children, Michael (Audrey) Heiland, Jolene Heiland, Peter Heiland and Paul Heiland, all of Wichita; grandchildren, Zachery Heiland, Nicholas Heiland, Tate Heiland and Brianna Heiland; brothers Donald (Ann) Edwards of Little Rock, AR; and Joseph (Anne) Edwards of Wichita; sisters, Patricia Ekeler of Kingman; and Ann (Tim) Bolen of Gardner. She is preceded in death by her infant son, Francis Heiland, and her parents, John & Josephine Edwards. Mary Jo is one of the original founders of the Right to Life movement in the State of Kansas. Mary Jo, was an airline hostess, school teacher, x-ray technician and mental health technician. She was a researcher and writer in many areas which gained her recognition both in this country and abroad. She loved the outdoors: riding her bike through the neighborhood, working in her garden, swimming with the grandkids and trips to the mountains. She had a big heart when it came to the needy, and a love for rescuing animals. Rosary 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4; Services 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, both at St. Jude Catholic Church, 3130 N. Amidon, Wichita. Interment following the service at the Resurrection Cemetery, 1640 N. Maize Rd, Wichita. Memorials may be designated to the Lord's Diner, 520 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214, Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67211 and Hallmark Kennels, 310 W. 45th St. N., Wichita, KS 67204.
Published in Wichita Eagle from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2011.