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Evelyn "Eve" Heitzman

August 22, 1941 - April 3, 2019
Sparta, WI, Grand Rapids, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Eveline Heitzman was born on August 22, 1941 in Velten / Berlin, Germany to Hugo and Elfriede (Seidel) Schoefer. She died April 3, 2019 in Petersburg, VA, at her daughters home. She graduated in 1954 and attended college for four years. After schooling, she worked as a conductor on the Siberian Express till she left East Germany in 1958. Eve married Robert M. Heitzman on December 29th and 30th 1961 in Vilseck, Germany. He preceded her in death on December 1, 2008. During their marriage, they moved often due to Robert’s service in the military. On July 4, 1978, they made their final home in Sparta, WI. Eve started working at Rolling Hills until 1985 and started her own travel agent business. She and her husband also owned BH Catering. After retirement, she worked part time for Sparta Tourism and Kwik Trip.

Eve enjoyed bowling, golfing, and was very active in the community as a volunteer. She was a member of the PCCW, founding member of Sparta Butterfest, and Sparta American Legion Auxiliary serving as President, Vice President, and Secretary. In 1990, Bob and Eve started the Community Christmas Dinner.

Eve is survived by her daughter, Sylvia (James) Thomas of Petersburg, VA; four grandchildren, Natasha, Marquita, Ricky Jr., and Jennifer; nine great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; an uncle, Alfred (Anna) Hanel of Nuernberg, Germany; and nephews, nieces, and special friend, Ricky (Rebecca) Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Heitzman; her parents; and a sister, Ingeborg Guenther.

A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta. Jack Alexander will conclude the visitation with a prayer service. Everyone is invited to the Sparta American Legion following the service. Eve wanted to thank her special friends in Sparta, WI, Delores Bowen, Barbara McManus, and Brian Dearman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and SACS. Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, in Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, MI. Family and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Heritage Lifestory Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI, www.lifestorynet.com

The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, WI, and Heritage Lifestory Story Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MI are assisting the family with funeral arrangements.