Eileen Marie Miller was born in Monroe on November 30, 1928. She was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Mabel (Cousino) Miller. Eileen attended St. Joseph Grade School and was a graduate of Bedford High School in 1947.
Eileen was married to the love of her life, Harold F. Heck on April 12, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie. She worked hard to care for the needs of her husband and children. Eileen also painstakingly prepared the fields to get ready for the Detroit Farmer’s Market. She was the “Laundry Queen” – since she loved to hang it outside, even in winter.
Granny was well-known for homemade apple sauce making. It always made her home smell so good with cinnamon and apples. The grandchildren also raved about how she made the “Best” toast around (although it sounds easy, no one’s toast was like hers).
Eileen was a Member of the Lynn C. Weeman Post Ladies Auxillary and the Erie VFW Ladies Auxillary.
Eileen Marie Heck, age 91, of Erie passed away at home on Thursday, December 12, 2019 under the care of ProMedica Hospice. Her beloved family was at her side. In addition to her parents her passing was preceded by her husband of fifty-three years: Harold on January 16, 2000; a brother: Chuck Miller; two sisters: Pat Betts and JoAnne St. Bernard; and several nieces and nephews.
To cherish her memory she leaves two sons: Gary Heck of Westland and Ronnie “Gordy” (Mary Kaye) Heck of Erie; three daughters: Connie (Bernie) Stubleski of Erie, Debbie (Chuck) Sedlar of Temperance, and Sherri “Tookie” (Ray) Boron of Newport; seventeen grandchildren: Treassa Heck of Erie, Tammy (Eric) Owens of Temperance, Carol (Keith) Ellsworth of Lambertville, Gary J. Heck Jr. of Lambertville, Kelly Stubleski of Erie, Kraig (Debbie) Stubleski of Monroe, Louisiana, Kristopher “Doyle” (Tara) Stubleski of Erie, Kristie (Steve) McCarthy of Erie, Brent (Sandy) Sedlar of Dexter, Brooke (Dave) Lajiness of Dexter, Kiersten Sedlar of Colorado, Cody (Becky) Sedlar of Temperance, Ashley (Kevin) Snyder of Temperance, Justin “Digger” (Danielle) Heck of Erie, Katelyn (Todd) Hodge of Erie, Kyle Boron (Caitlin Taylor)
of Monroe, Kasey (Katie) Boron of Newport; thirty-eight great grandchildren with one on the way; eight great-great grandchildren; a special cousin: Marilyn Miller of Erie; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews
Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street (734) 848-5185 where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00pm. She will lie-in-state from 10:00am until the Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00am on Monday, December 16, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2214 Manhattan Street in Erie. Father Don Geyman her nephew of St. Francis in Traverse City will officiate. Procession will follow to the church cemetery for burial.
Memorials for those who desire are suggested to St. Joseph Church or ProMedica Monroe Hospice. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.
The Heck Family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to ProMedica Hospice, Chaplain Mike, Molly, Kim, Karen, Kelly, and her special granddaughter: Ashley for the compassionate care afforded Eileen.