August 19, 1946-July 22, 2011
Therese Diane (Lussier) Heitzman passed away unexpectedly on July 22, 2011 at her home in Maineville, Ohio.
Therese was born on August 19, 1946 in Newport, Vermont to the late Hubert R. and Julienne Lussier of Beebe Plain, Vermont. Therese attended Sacred Heart High School graduating class of 1964. She continued her education and graduated from Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in 1967. She cared for and attended to the sick and injured as a registered nurse for 44 years, the last 28 years at the University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She will be honored posthumously the "Daisy Award" at the University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 2, 2011. This prestigious national honor recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses.
Therese's infectious smile, her sense of humor and cheerful demeanor will be missed and most remembered by all who knew and loved her. When it came to her grandchildren she was often found on the floor playing endlessly in childhood delight. She adored and was so proud of her children and grandchildren, who were undoubtedly the greatest source of happiness, filling every corner of her heart.
She is survived by her husband Steve Heitzman; her children Joel (Shanna) Winship, Matthew (Cara) Winship and Heather (Tim) Bissmeyer. She was a loving memere to Christian, Noah, Caden, Evan, Samantha, Alex and Finley; dear sister of Robert (Suzanne) Lussier; caring aunt of Robert Lussier Jr. and other nieces and nephews. Cherished daughter-in-law of Del and Shirley Heitzman; sister-in-law of Shelley Lathrop and Scott (Michelle) Heitzman and many cousins.
A memorial Mass celebrating Therese's life will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Saint John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington, VT 05403. Officiating will be Father Bernard Gaudreau, Pastor of Saint John Vianney Church, childhood friend and classmate of Therese's. Memorial donations in her name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.