Lisa Heaney
Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home
551 Talcottville Rd
Vernon, CT
Lisa (Kohler) Heaney, 55, of Ellington, loving wife of 30 years to Timothy M. Heaney, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. She battled courageously with grace against Ocular Melanoma, a rare cancer, which affects just 2,500 Americans annually.

Lisa was born on Sept. 2, 1966, in New Haven, one of five children of Lois (Lassen) Kohler of Southington and the late Christian Kohler. She was raised in Hamden, attended local schools and was a graduate of Hamden High School, Class of 1984. Lisa graduated in 1988 from the University of Connecticut earning a BS in Nutritional Science and later, an MS in Health Education. Lisa will be dearly missed. She had the most beautiful smile, infectious laugh and kindest heart to all. She was employed as a registered dietician and health teacher, most recently at East Catholic High School in Manchester for over 10 years, until her retirement in 2017. Lisa was a member of the American Dietetic Association and a Communicant at St. Luke Church in Ellington. Lisa's passion was running, having completed numerous marathons, half marathons, and a half ironman triathlon. She placed as a top five finisher in multiple marathons, as well as finishing first in countless races in her age division. Lisa loved to read and spend time outdoors hiking and snowshoeing. However, her greatest joy was the time she spent with Tim, Billy and Natalie.

In addition to her husband and mother, Lisa leaves her two loving children, Billy and Natalie; her four sisters and their spouses, Christine and Bob Kaliszewski of Southington, Colleen and Chris Combs of Southington, Kathleen and Jim Balko of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Kimberly and Frank Tedesco of Ridgefield; her mother-in-law Joanna Heaney of Vernon; her brother-in-law Stephen Heaney and his spouse, Melissa of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her father-in-law Bill Heaney; and her nephew, Joseph Balko.

Memorial calling hours will be at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road in Vernon on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke Church, 141 Maple St. in Ellington, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at a later date. Lisa's wish was for everyone to wear something pink in remembrance of her cheerful and kindhearted spirit.

Lisa was always kind to everyone, please think of her with acts of kindness for others. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hockanum Valley Community Council, one of Lisa's favorite charities.

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Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 2021.
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Calling hours
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home
551 Talcottville Rd Route 83, Vernon, CT
Memorial Mass
St. Luke Church
141 Maple St., Ellington, CT
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Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home
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Tim, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God bless.
Rick Mocarski
December 21, 2021
Tim, I was very saddened to hear about Lisa. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.
Tim Collins
December 3, 2021
Diane DeCarlo
December 3, 2021
It was very sad and heartbreaking to hear the news about Lisa. She was such a warm, kind, empathetic and beautiful person. I was lucky enough to get to know her through Tim way back when he and I were in grad school together at UConn and subsequently when we worked together after graduation. She was always so easy to talk with and we always connected on our run training over the years. Whenever I would see her, either at a race somewhere or a corporate event we would always talk about what races we were training for or had recently completed. A couple memories of her: I remember running with Lisa at the 2000 Boston Marathon - I was living in the Boston area at the time and agreed to meet her around mile 10 and keep her company the rest of the way. She was tough as nails that day in cold and damp conditions finishing with a great time. I also recall a long time ago, she took the time to set me up on date with one of her friends, that was the kind of person she was - always trying to help people. She is gone too soon, and will be missed dearly, but will live forever in your hearts and memories. With deepest sympathies, our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Daniel Senecal and family
December 1, 2021
Tim, we were so saddened to hear of Lisa's passing, she was such an amazing person and we are so blessed to have known her.Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We hope you can feel the love and light that surround you all at this time.
Joe and Deb Byrka and Family
December 1, 2021
Tim and family, Although I can think of many reasons we were fond of Lisa, one time comes to mind for me. Being very nervous hosting a dinner at our Pia Lane home in Simsbury. Having Chris´s friends with spouses, when we had three small children at the time, seemed like an impossible task. When we finally sat down to eat, the first thing Lisa said was wow Kim, I feel so special! I feel like I´m in a fancy restaurant! I will never forget how her kind words made me feel. It´s almost like she knew that´s exactly what I needed to hear. We are so sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many.
Chris and Kim Kelleher
December 1, 2021
Tim, My deepest condolences for the loss of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lynn Kochanski
December 1, 2021
Lisa will forever be in our hearts. We send our deepest condolences to Lisa's family. We wish the best thoughts and prayers filled with love for all of you in these tough times.
Monica and Eric
November 30, 2021
Comfort to all of you as you mourn the loss of a beautiful soul. Lisa has left the world a little gray since she passed. May you all find peace in your own time.
Rocco Petrella
November 30, 2021
November 29, 2021
There aren't any words to lessen the hurt you feel. The memories of laughter, smiles and love will help the pain you are feeling. May God bless you Natalie, Billy and Tim and your entire family. We all love you!
Glen Schmelter
November 29, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss! Lisa had an incredibly beautiful smile and a warm heart. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Steven, Dori, Alex and Sarah Manner
The Manner Family
November 29, 2021
To Heaney Family: There are really no words to express our deepest sympathy. Our love and prayer are with all of you Teresa
Tom & Teresa Deasy
November 29, 2021
The interns from Lisa´s time at YNHH send their sincerest condolences and love to you all. We feel so fortunate to have known Lisa and experience her incredible laugh and light in this world! We feel lucky to have called her our friend. We have given in her name to Hockanum and hope it helps in some small way. Sending you all hugs.
Helga P Beckman
November 29, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss and send healing wishes for you and your Family.
Kathy Brazdzionis
November 28, 2021
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