Theresa Marcella Reiter-Heilman

Theresa Marcella Reiter-Heilman, 83, of Fostoria, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at her home.

She was born June 8, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, to Dr. John Nicholas and Lucia T. (Korczyk) Kiebel. Theresa married the father of her children, Thomas Richard Reiter, Nov. 25, 1954, at St. Wendelin Church, and he died Aug. 8, 1986. Theresa found love a second time and married Dale B. Heilman Nov. 30, 1996. He passed Aug. 28, 2017.

Surviving are six children, Mark R. (Joyce) Reiter of Cary, North Carolina, Sarah J. (Steve) Toukan of Westerville, T. Jeffrey (Colleen) Reiter of Dearborn, Michigan, Nicholas A. Reiter of Fostoria, Elizabeth M. (George) Shiekh of Lakewood, and Jacob M. (Susan) Reiter of Ballston Spa, New York; 13 grandchildren, Audra, Jason, Emily, Mark, Claire, Olivia, Samuel, Brenna, Natalie, George, Hannah, Marcella, and Conley; five great-grandchildren, Otto, Eliza, Madeleine, Elliott, and Cora; six stepchildren, Becki Heilman, Kathleen Huff, Janet Chapman, Barbara Houser, David Heilman, and Bryan Heilman; and two sisters, Patricia Beecher of Connecticut and Margaret “Peg” Daignault of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Mary Margaret and Mary Susan; and three siblings, Irene Stump, Judith Newcomer and John Kiebel.

Theresa was a 1953 graduate of St. Wendelin High School and member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria. She graduated in 1957 from the University of Dayton, where she earned a bachelor of science degree, and Dayton St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing. She earned her state of Ohio nursing certificate in 1958. She was a registered nurse and had been a patient care coordinator for Community Hospice Care of Seneca County, where she was a hospice angel to many. She was honored to be designated American Cancer Society Nurse of Hope 1985-1986.

Theresa was a regular Red Cross blood drive RN. She was often present on election nights as a poll worker for Seneca County Elections Board, and she was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

She was an accomplished pianist; her musical talent included serving as an organist for St. Wendelin Church while she was a student at the school. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge, solving crossword puzzles, and playing Scrabble with her grandchildren. And, was a grammar perfectionist. She loved to decorate for and celebrate Christmas. She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Family and friends gathered 4-7 p.m. Tuesday April 16, 2019, at Hoening & Son Funeral Home, 133 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria.

Mass of Christian burial took place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Wendelin Church where the Rev. Todd Dominique presided. A rosary was prayed 10 a.m. at the church and a luncheon followed the Mass in the Parish Hall.

Memorials were suggested to Community Hospice Care of Seneca County.

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