CLOVERDALE -- Joan Alice Heitzman, 82, of Cloverdale, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Meadows of Kalida.
She was born September 4, 1931, in Palmer Township, the youngest child of the late Malcolm and Violet (Preble) Brooks. On March 14, 1953, she married Dan H. Heitzman, who survives in Kalida.
Joan is survived by her children, Daniel J. (Jean) Heitzman and Douglas Heitzman, both of Continental, and Debra (Jeff) Martin of Ottawa; grandchildren, Jennifer (Mike) Gasser of Fort Jennings, Derek (Joy) Heitzman of Continental, Keri (Dave) Shaffer Defiance, Ashley (Randy) Verhoff of Continental, and Marc Heitzman of Hamler; great-grandchildren, Bryce, Wyatt and Loryn Gasser, Dane Heitzman, Mason Shaffer and Brody Verhoff; one brother, Gerald (Helen) Brooks of Bluffton; sisters-in-law, Eunice Brooks of Continental and Jean Brooks of Bear Lake, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Virginia Brooks and Phyllis Fabian; brothers, Donald, William and Richard Brooks; and great-grandchildren, Nathan and Mallory Gasser.
Joan graduated as a registered nurse from Lima Memorial School of Nursing. She worked at Defiance Hospital and retired after 27 years from Paradise Oaks Nursing Home in Cloverdale. She was a member of Continental Chapter 129 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Cloverdale United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and helped with Vacation Bible School. Joan helped with farming, loved to garden and was an avid reader. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a very kind and generous person and will be missed by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service. An Eastern Star Service will be conducted at 9 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Continental Community Library or Lima Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be expressed at: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.