Obituaries

Elizabeth L. Heckman

Died: 2016-02-11
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2016-02-16 / 5-8pm
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2016-02-17 10:30am
Service location: St. Agnes Parish, Middleton, MA
Burial type: Burial
Burial date: 2016-02-17
Cemetery: Oakdale, Middleton
Contributions: see obit
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Elizabeth L “Betty” Heckman (Blenkhorn) passed on February 11th surrounded by her family after complications from emphysema. The only child of Veronica A. Pitcher (Robinson) and Stafford Blenkhorn Jr. She was born in Portland, Maine in 1942. Married to John C. Heckman who predeceased her. Her passion for animals was second only to her love of her family. While intensely private in her personal life, she held 2 very public positions for nearly 30 years as Animal Control Officer of Middleton and Danvers until her retirement in 2011. She fulfilled her childhood dream of living in the country and owning her own farm. She was self-accomplished and a respected breeder of German Shepherds, Rottweiler’s and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Betty cherished her association with Danvers Animal Hospital and her many friends there. She was co-founder of Strays in Need, a nonprofit animal rescue organization. She leaves 5 daughters, Cynthia Thomas and her husband Ed, Robin Boivin and her husband Rick, Elaine Gauthier and her husband Kenneth Gauthier Jr, Carey Schieding and Robert Giarrizzo and Bonnie Girard and her ex Michael Girard Sr. She leaves 5 grandchildren; John Carey Heckman, his wife Geneva, John Michael Marsh and Kayla Smith, Korrie McCullough, Jacqueline Brackett and her husband Ryan and Michael Girard Jr and one great grandchild, John Michael (Trey) Marsh. She also leaves her beloved dog and constant companion Dory. Visitation will be held at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Middleton on Tuesday 16th, from 5 – 8 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at St. Agnes in Middleton at 10:30am. Burial in Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Strays in Need, P. O. Box 223, Danvers, MA 01923.

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Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at such a difficult time as this. Love and prayers, Alice, Justin and Jason Tierney
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die". I feel so blessed to have known Betty. I will miss her dearly. Sending love & condolences to the family. Cathy Seale
Carey and Family I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and Prayers Go out to you and family.. Again so sorry Noelle & Chris
Elaine, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Verne & Bobby.
Bonnie, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Carrie Bishop
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time. Love Robin and John Calley
We are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Please accept our condolences at this very difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are for your entire family . Barbara Rice Stamoulis & Helen Heckman Rice
Jackie, so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family at such a difficult time. May the memories you have with your grandmother be able to comfort you in this time. Sending love & support to you all!! XOXO
Carey and Jackie I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom/Gram was such an amazing women. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Deepest simpathy, Annmarie Schieding
Robin & Elaine and all of your family so sorry for your loss. Just remember She will always be in your heart . And I arm sure their are many animal s That now have a forever home because of her. Sandi & Bernie Bernard (Rick& Robins Aunt & Uncle)
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you Laurie
Hi Elaine, if you need help during this difficult time please reach out to me and my wife and we will be there for you. May God be with you and your family. We pray before him Ruben and Eunice
I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Please accept my condolences at this very difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are for your entire family . Fatima Florez
I'm terribly sorry for your loss, and offer up my sincerest condolences and sympathy. My thoughts are with you and your family, Elaine. Kindest Regards, Kevin Schkolenko
So sorry for your loss.
Cindy, Elaine and family, keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs!! Debbie & Bob Thomas Amesbury
I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Please accept my condolences at this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Barbara Czernuszka
Art & I are sorry to hear of your moms passing and earning her wings. Praying for you and may her memories keep her close to you in heart and spirit. Condolences, Wendy & Art
Our sympathy is with your family. All the families of Peter Rubchinuk hold fond memories of her friendship and many visits to the farm. Betty knew she could count on Peter when a sick horse needed to be stood up and Ollie could count on Betty when her many dogs needed care. Betty rescued and gave me the best and only dog of my adult life and "Blue" was the guardian and protector of the "house on the hill" and my children. She was a special person to all of us. Thoughts and prayers with you. Sandy Rubchinuk
We are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Please accept our condolences at this very difficult time. She was a lovely lady and so good with animals, she will be missed. Ron and Rhonda Draper.
I am so sorry for your loss I feel privileged to have known Betty on a personal and professional level she was the best and will be missed. Sue Nazzaro
To Robin, Elaine and family, my deepest sympathies to you all...Betty was an extraordinary woman, who loved her family deeply. Her love and caring of animals was amazing. I am so fortunate to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories and love give you peace. God Bless. Diane Rubchinuk
Elaine and family, We are very sorry to here to news about your Mums passing. It is hard to say good by but she will all ways be in your heart. Rick and Pearl Thompson, Pelham, NH
So sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was such a great inspiration to me in my younger days as an Animal Control Officer. Her love of animals was so awesome. She will be missed by all who knew her. Nancy Hart
To Dearest Elaine and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Your mom sounds like an amazing woman who has left an amazing and inspiring imprint on this world. My prayers are with you at this time, Gaby
Our hearts and sympathy are with you, Elaine, and all of your family. Alan and Dottie Smith
The pain of loss here on earth is matched by the joy in Heaven as Betty crossed that rainbow bridge to be with her many friends, two legged and four. The Townleys hope you will soon find the comfort and peace that she now enjoys.
Bonnie I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Love and prayers to you and your family. Chester and Gip are very sorry they can't make it tonight. They want you to know that they are deeply sorry and thinking of you! Paula and Frank Sollazzo and Chester and Gip Dalton.
To Bonnie, Michael and the whole family. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Lisa Horgan and Dan Sauve
We are so sorry for your loss. Betty's love of animals was inspiring to us all. Amy & Roger LeMay
Bonnie, and Michael I am so sorry for the loss of your mom amd grandmother
Elaine, so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Jackie Morani
Bonnie, Elaine and family, so sorry for your loss, your mom was wonderful woman. I worked with her for many years, and she was always kind and helpful to others. Her way with animals was amazing. She will be greatly missed. with sympathy Kate Brochu
Dearest Bonnie and Family sorry about your mom. She was given 5 beauiful daughters.Her Angeles you all are. And her son in laws.And her grandchildren. Your mom will be missed.By us all who new her.and you have been there for us we are for you.Just like you've been here for us.so nany times.And Thank You one and all.You all will see her again.She will greet you with her smile.and welcome you to your Heavenly home where you all be United again.Your awesome Family God Blessed You with.Your love For Others and the love your mom for everyone who came her way.And For her love for the Animals.And Thank You For Taking care of Joy Woof- Woof. Love to you all we will miss your classy Mother and her heart for everyone who came her way.Thank You for coming our way as we came your way.From our hearts to yours George and Rachel-Victora Kershaw Danvers. God's Peace Be With You.one ans all.Your mom is looking down with her love for you all.And all of us.God holds us in the Palm Of His Hand.And we hold you all close to our Heart's.We love You Heckman Family in Middleton Massachusetts.
My sincere sympathy to your family in the loss of your Mother/Grandmother. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by all Sincerely, Beverly Popielski Middleton
Elaine and family - Betty was an amazing,caring person. I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget all the times we shared. Aubrie + Carolyn Ceres

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