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Jacqueline Heitman Obituary, Jacqueline E. Heitman, 86, Passed Away In Marquette

On Sunday, December 24, 2023, Jacqueline E. Heitman, 86, of Marquette, went away at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee.

Jackie was reared in Marquette by her adoptive parents, Rev. Arthur C. and Grace (Wakefield) DeVries, after she was born in Ionia, Michigan, on June 3, 1937. She played basketball at Graveraet High School, where she graduated with the class of 1955. Jackie was married to Marvin Lee Heitman in Marquette on July 9, 1955. The couple moved into their first Marquette house together, where Kathleen, their first child, was born. Afterwards, the family moved to Detroit, where Marvin attended the Detroit College of Law and worked for Michigan Bell Telephone. David and Dianne (Dodie) were added to the family tree while they were living in Detroit.

The family returned to Marquette in 1963 when Marvin graduated. Over time, when the kids were a little older, Jackie was able to juggle being a wife and mother with going to Northern Michigan University to get her bachelor’s degree. She worked as a bookkeeper for Planned Parenthood and Lakeshore Marine after a spell of employment with Montgomery Ward.

She and Marvin never did officially retire, but they continued to play bridge with friends and family when they were at camp. Jackie particularly relished the opportunity to play games with her family and appreciated the challenge they presented. She had several dog friends throughout the years, all of whom she cherished dearly. Jackie directed “The Odd Couple” when it was staged at the Northwoods Supper Club years ago. She was involved with the Marquette Community Theater.

In addition to her nieces and nephews, Jackie is survived by her son David Heitman, daughter Dianne (Brad) Heitman-Saari, granddaughter Megan Brennan, and great-granddaughter Serena Brennan. Her biological siblings are Ralph, Geri, Les, James, Linda, Janice, and Joe. Her husband Marvin, daughter Kathleen Brennan, grandsons Michael William Brennan and Sean Ross Brennan, brother Donald DeVries, and her biological mother Marjorie Bowerman before her in death in addition to her parents.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services will host a family and friend get-together on Thursday, January 4, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. This will be a casual gathering for food, conversation, and memory sharing.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Michigan Veterans Home D.J. Jacobetti Life Enrichment Fund at 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855, or to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), 815 S. M-553, Gwinn, MI 49841.