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.
To leave an online condolence please visitwww.carmonfuneralhome.com
Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 2021.