Lorraine J. Hecklinski
1924 - 2020
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Lorraine J. Hecklinski

April 22, 1924 - Oct. 25, 2020


Lorraine Jane Hecklinski, 96, of South Bend, Indiana passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, Oct. 25, 2020 surrounded by her family. Lorraine was born on April 22, 1924 to the late Aloysius Lewinski and Lillian (Wegner) Lewinski. On June 22, 1946 she married the late Dr. Joseph E. Hecklinski at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Lorraine is survived by sons, Michael J. (Nancy) Hecklinski of Fort Myers, FL, Donald J. (Donna) Hecklinski of Hoover, AL, and Ronald J. (Monica) Hecklinski of South Bend, IN; and a daughter, Mary Ellen (Scott) Mantooth of Cleveland, TN. Lorraine was preceded in death by a daughter, Claudia Ann Hecklinski and a son, Bruce “Boodie” (Sue) Hecklinski. Lorraine was also preceded in death by one grandson, Ricky J. McClure, and one great-grandson, Austin Scott Dabbs.

Lorraine also leaves behind 17 grandchildren: Randy (Amy) Hecklinski, Jeff (Tiffany) Hecklinski, Amy Browne, Alison Dabbs, Al (Casey) Hecklinski, Ann (Alan) Reach, Stephanie (Brad) Marsh, Jack Hecklinski, Aaron Hecklinski, Sarah (Joe) Moore, Jessie Hecklinski, Joey Hecklinski, Katie Hecklinski, Abigayle Armistead, Meghan McClure, and Madisson Mantooth. She was so loved by her 23 great-grandchildren: Jaclyn, Jeremy, Cooper, Riley, Mike, JR, Amelia, Lily, Josie, Logan, Katherine, Conner, Campbell, Carolyne, Finn, Boone, Wrigley, Harper, Charlee, Henry, Charlie, and Ryder. Lorraine loved nothing more than the time spent with her family.

Lorraine was a life-long parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the Retiree Association. She graduated from South Bend Catholic High School and shortly thereafter married the love of her life. As a stay-at-home mom, she dedicated her life to raising her six children and giving special love and care to her angel, Claudia. Lorraine and Junior, as she called Joe, enjoyed traveling many weekends to watch sporting events for their children and later their grandchildren. The kitchen was the heart of her home where she was always preparing a special meal for the family. One of the many joys in Lorraine's life was holidays spent with her family. Christmas was her favorite holiday, when she loved decorating, shopping, cooking, and wrapping the many gifts that took several days, then placing them around the tree. With all the packages piled high to the ceiling, she so enjoyed watching everyone's joy and happiness as they opened their gifts.

Once the children were grown, she enjoyed working side-by-side with the love of her life, her husband, Dr. Joe, and traveling to visit their children and grandkids. Later in life she took on the role of loving caregiver for her mother, Lillian, her husband, Joe, and daughter, Claudia, until their passing. Her legacy of love is embodied in the lives of her children and grandchildren who will cherish her memory for the rest of their lives.

A private family service will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on a date to be determined.

The family would like to extend their gratitude for the loving care provided by the staff at Tanglewood Trace and Golden Living Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in South Bend or the Greater Indiana Alzheimer's Association.

Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, IN is handling arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 28, 2020.
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October 30, 2020
Dear Mike and Nancy,
Your mother sounded like a lovely woman.
May your warm family memories comfort you at this time.
Margaret and Bill Ramus
Margaret ramus
October 30, 2020
Dear Mike and Nancy, what a beautiful tribute to a beautiful Mother. She certainly led a wonderful life sharing her love, values and traditions with her family. Please know that we care. Dave and Cathy Russell
Cathy Russell
October 30, 2020
So sorry to hear that Nancy has joined her Maker and her husband in heaven. She had a wonderful life and you have super memories. Sov I Ro Nancy.
Linda Wallander
October 28, 2020
God bless you all. I’m sure the heavenly reunion was joyous. May she be at peace and may your memories bring smiles to your faces.

Jodi and Pat Wilson
Jodi Wilson
October 28, 2020
Condolences to the Hecklinski family, Lorraine was beautiful inside and out, May she R.I.H
Lisa Markovich Fowler
October 28, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs. Hecklinski. She was a wonderful neighbor who I will always remember.
Kim Ginter
October 28, 2020
Oh Lorraine, we will miss you dearly. Your laugh. Your smile. Your outgoing personality and kind heart. I know you're laughing up a storm (and having a beer) in Heaven with your loved ones. God Bless!
Lisa Trozzolo
October 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful woman. She was defintly one of a kind, God Bless you all. Micky, Donny, Ronnie, Mary Ellen, love to all
Lauri Markovich Courser
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