Dorothy M. Heinecke

Dorothy M. Heinecke, nee Schmidt, 72, of St. Anthony, died following an ongoing illness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at SynergyHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital, town of Polk.

She was born on Dec. 8, 1934 in the town of Addison to the late Michael B. and Anita R. (nee Emmer) Schmidt.

Dorothy attended local schools, and later graduated from West Bend High School.

On June 11, 1955, she was united in marriage to Robert W. "Pete" Heinecke at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He predeceased March 2, 1997.

For more than 30 years, Dorothy was employed at a cook at the former Fireside Restaurant in Allenton.

Dorothy and Pete were caretakers of the former St. Anthony Parish for many years.

Survivors include seven children, Kathy (Gary) Panzer, Ran-dy, Paul (Dawn), Robert, Patricia (Randal) Gindt and William (Kris-tin Seitz), all of West Bend, and Tammy of Campbellsport; four grandchildren, Nicole (fiancˇ Todd Lecher), Zachary Durham and Jessica and Jay Gindt; two step-grandchildren, Cpl. Justin Ahlers and Devin Ahlers; a sister, Arlene Deuber of New Albany, Ind.; three brothers, Harvey (Rhea) Schmidt, Herbert (Doro-thy) Schmidt and Clarence Schmidt, all of West Bend; 10 sisters-in-law, Florence Schmidt of Fond du Lac, Betty Schmidt of Theresa, Adeline Kempken of Oconomowoc, Lucille (Ray) Roecker of Fond du Lac, Bernice (Donald) Schmidt of Slinger, Mary Ann (Franklin) Ewert of Neosho, Arlene (Walter) Kohler, Nelda Heinecke and Sylvia Heinecke, all of West Bend, and Florence Heinecke of Kewaskum; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, Peter; three brothers, Alfred, John and Joseph; a brother-in-law, George Deuber; and a sister-in-law, Margie Schmidt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church in Allenton, with Father. Richard Stoffel presiding.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Anthony Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church only on Sunday from 2 until 5:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to the ALS Association-Wisconsin Chap-ter.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.

Dorothy’s family would like to extend sincere gratitude to her friends and neighbors for helping care for her while she was living at home, and also to the nurses and staff on the first floor at the Samaritan Health Center.