Alice Ann Heitkamp, age 75, of Centralia, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
She was born July 9, 1938, in Centralia, the daughter of Enoch and Stella (Johnson) Morris. She married William “Willie” Heitkamp on July 15, 1956, at the First United Methodist Church in Centralia and he survives. She lived in Centralia her entire life.
In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by her daughter, Rose Marie Straeter, MA and son-in-law Richard of Mt. Vernon; son the Rev. Dr. Steve Heitkamp and daughter-in-law Mindy of Shiloh; and four grandchildren Mark William Straeter who will graduate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in May 2014 in aviation technology, Jeanette Rose Straeter who is a student at Tulane University in New Orleans, studying accounting and marketing, Brynn Elizabeth (Heitkamp) Hackney and husband First Lieutenant Chris were married in March 2013 with Brynn graduating from McKendree University in 2013 with a degree in athletic training and First Lieutenant Chris in the U.S. Army and Shelby Lin Heitkamp is a freshman at Illinois State University majoring in psychology. Alice is also survived by her brother Delbert Morris of Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Heitkamp was preceded in death by her parents and infant sibling.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Centralia, where she was very active in serving her church. She served as a member of the Church Official Board, Finance Committee, chairman of Administrative Council, chairman of the Outreach Committee and president of the Marri-Eds Sunday school class for many years. She organized a church prayer chain, coordinated and directed the church children’s Christmas programs for over ten years. She was a teacher and sponsor of the Junior High Youth Fellowship for ten years, church camping coordinator, Cluster pepresentative and served in other capacities. She was a member of the Crusader’s Sunday school class. She also served as Lay Delegate to the Annual Conference.