Susan Heeren

Susan McDevitt Heeren

Friday, April 26th, 1946 - Monday, April 27th, 2020
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Susan McDevitt Heeren passed away at the age of 74 at her home on Monday, after a life full of love, laughter, and travel. She loved being a mother, grandmother, doll-collecting, and crocheting.

She is survived by daughters, Antje Bishop (Beau) and Alma Heeren (Jeff Smith); grandchildren, Gwen, Malcolm, and Neil Bishop, and Millicent and Sherlock Heeren; her siblings, Nancy McDevitt, Joan Russell (Don), Carol Gayheart (Barry), Victoria Heeren, Jan Heeren, and Hunter Heeren (Chris); and of course she is survived by the many people and children she opened her heart and home to.

She will have a family burial at Cave Hill Cemetery next to her husband of 41 years, Philip Heeren.

We hope to have a memorial and celebration of life to follow at a safer and healthier time.
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    Cave Hill Cemetery
    701 Baxter Avenue
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Lois Judd

Posted at 12:13pm
I am so sorry about your loss of Susan physically but never from your hearts. She & I were grade & high school classmates & the best of friends during those years. In my calendar, I found the last time we were together was our 55-year SHA reunion on June 2, 2018. It was so good to see her then & I'm sorry we hadn't gotten together since, despite my intention to call her just to say "hello" & hopefully make plans to meet for lunch or to visit. She has been on my mind so often & I will miss her. I'm so glad Nancy was able to call me but so sad about her news about Susan. All of your family have my sympathy!
Lois Litwinski Judd

Michael Kiley

Posted at 04:15pm
Susan was a dear cousin who I didn't get to see often enough but when I did she was such a joy to be with. She and Philip danced to a tune of their own and they did it so well. I'll never forget the laughter and the warmth I was always shown by Susan. I was at her Dad's funeral and I was asked to say a few words. The words were few but we Kileys were always being transferred and yet we always spoke with excitement and with anticipation about going home and home would be and still is, Louisville. The McDevitts, the Gares, the Bohns, Grandma - family. Susan was and is that family we were always so eager to see and be with. She always had a smile and a laugh no matter what. She and Philip came to Chicago on a number of occasions because Philip was so into Egyptology and Chicago has a museum with a large collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. I don't think Susan was all that bothered but she laughed and humored Philip. Susan was always the type who never pushed her own agenda. She was just happy to be. And I was always happy to be with her. Over the years we cousins have had little chance to be with each other. We are all over the place but because of Susan's passing we have reaffirmed that no matter how far we go, we will always be family. I will deeply miss she is not here with us but I do believe she has gone just a little ahead of us and it doesn't end here. I sincerely believe God brings people into our lives and he does that for a purpose and the purpose doesn't end in death. My God, what a homecoming she must be having. To Antje, Alma, your Mom was and still is a very special person. Know she has not forgotten any of her loved ones, you both, your husbands, her grandchildren, her siblings, her cousins, her friends, all those she helped along the way. We will shed the tears we need but let's not forget the laughter because that was one of her greatest gifts to each of us. She was totally and wonderfully human. Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her. Rest in peace dear Susan, you were pure gift to us. Will always love you dear heart.
Your cousin Michael

Posted at 04:05pm
Antje & Family - I am sorry to hear of your loss. It is very difficult when a parent passes on. I hope you will be comforted by many happy memories. Please accept my sincere condolences.
- Sandy Gudorf

Carol Gayheart Posted at 10:16am

Susan was a kind sister and a loving person. She always reached out to embrace family, relatives and friends. The ties that bind were important to her. Rest In Peace sister! Your sister, Carol (McDevitt) Gayheart and Family

Joan Russell

Posted at 08:16pm
"I have four girls... Susan, Nancy, Joan and Carol." That was the response Mom always gave whenever asked about her children.
That was the line-up. That was the order and Susan was naturally first. As her younger sisters we witnessed so many other firsts that followed.
Susan was the first to graduate from elementary school and we were in awe of her beautiful blue gossamer dress and matching
pumps. She was the first to wear lipstick, go to a school dance, attend high school outside of the neighborhood and get her driver's license. She was our babysitter when Mom and Dad were gone and entertained us for hours playing paper dolls and making their clothes.
She was smart and the first to get a scholarship to college.
More firsts followed...marriage, children and grandchildren.
But this first is the first that silences Mom's lineup. We are no longer Susan, Nancy, Joan and Carol. The lineup that was so fixed and constant has now been broken and with it our hearts. We love you, Susan. We miss you and we will always keep your place
as first.
All our love,
Nancy, Joan and Carol

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