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George and Brenda Heebner

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 7, 2019 @ 2:27 pm In Obituaries | 13 Comments

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Brenda (Brendlinger) Heebner

Brenda (Brendlinger) Heebner left this world and crossed over into the arms of Jesus on May 31, 2019.

Brenda was originally from Pottstown, PA.  She graduated from Pottstown high school and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College.  She worked as a medical technologist in the laboratories of Penn State Health – Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and retired from Lancaster General Hospital –Penn Medicine.

Brenda was involved with the Girl Scouts of America, serving as a troupe leader for many years.  Brenda also had an active church life, serving as a deacon for many years at First Presbyterian Church, before transferring her membership to Highland Presbyterian.

Brenda was a dedicated and loving wife.  She loved her family and took great pleasure in hosting family get togethers.  Everyone looked forward to her lasagna.  She was especially fond of her many nieces and nephews.  She would often take them on outings and vacations, creating memories of a lifetime.  She was one of the kindest and most warmhearted persons that many have ever met.  She could see the good in anybody and brought out the best in everybody.  Brenda also loved her cats.  She owned many throughout the years and cared for them tirelessly, doting on them and showering them with love and affection.  Brenda also loved classical music and accompanied her husband to the orchestra often.

It is the belief of her family that Brenda lost her will to live upon learning of her husband’s terminal status and died of a broken heart.  Due to her dementia, her husband was her primary caregiver for many years.  Brenda was survived by her husband George, for only two days, before they were reunited in heaven.  She is also survived by her sister Jean Reger, wife Frank, of Mitchelleville, MD; and their children John Reger and Beth Shores.  Her sister, Linda Koval, wife of David, of Winter Spring, FL; and brother Curt Brendlinger, husband of Patricia, of Bechtelsville, PA and their children Steven, Daniel, James and Jason Brendlinger and Susan DiBuono.

George and Brenda did not have children of their own.  They became close friends of a couple, Doris and Bill Kuhns, and their daughters, Mona Frey, wife of Jeff and Eve Tillman, wife of Matthew.  Before Bill died in 1986, he had asked that George and Brenda look after ‘his girls”.   The Heebner’s took this request very seriously and became intimately involved in Mona and Eve’s lives.  Together, with their mother, they helped to raise and love Mona and Eve through adulthood and were thought of as family in every sense of the word.  Mona and Eve’s children, William (Billy) O’Donnell, David White and Mason Tillman, were like grandchildren to the Heebner’s and they spoiled them, as any good grandparent would do.  George and Brenda touched many lives, some in profound ways, and they will be greatly missed by all.

George T. Heebner

George T. Heebner left this world and crossed over into the arms of Jesus on June 2, 2019.

He was originally from Shamokin PA and graduated from Shamokin High School.  He also graduated from F&M College with a bachelors’ degree in education, and received his master’s degree from Temple University.  He dedicated his entire career to teaching chemistry to the students of Octorara High School.

George was an active member of his community.  He served as the head wrestling coach for Octorara high school for 25 years, and remained active in the sport volunteering as a referee.  George was inducted, via the Pennsylvania Chapter, into The National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2008 for Lifetime Service to Wrestling.  He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church.  George was a Master Mason and member of Lodge No. 43 of the Free & Accepted Masons.  For many years he was active with the Christiana Lion’s club.  In his retirement he volunteered with the school district of Lancaster and provided extra help to elementary school children who struggled with reading.  But, his most important role was husband and caregiver of his adoring wife, Brenda, who suffered from dementia for the past 6 years.

George loved music, especially classical music.  He was a season ticket holder for the Lancaster symphony orchestra.  He was a drummer and especially enjoyed the tympani drum.   He enjoyed singing and was a member of the church choir, his last performance, only one week before his passing.  George was into physical fitness and would often leave his wife a note that said “gone fishing” which meant that he was jogging through Lancaster County Central Park.  .  George was passionate about advocating for education and cultural experiences to youth everywhere.  His passion could be seen throughout his teaching career and volunteerism.  He also led many youth programs for the church.  It was important to him that the leaders of tomorrow are well rounded, learning not only academics, but that they are exposed to music, theatre, shown a love and respect for nature, and even fine dining.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Heebner, with whom he spent more than 50 years.  He was survived by his niece, Luanne Cornacchione, wife of Dr. Mario Cornacchione of Wilkes-Barre, PA and their children Louis and Jesse; his niece Karen Sodrick, wife of Ned Sodrick of Paxinos, PA, and their children Benjamin and Sarah; and nephew Ron Kanaskie of Riverside, PA.

Service Details:

Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E Roseville Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care,  685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Condolences for the family of “George and Brenda Heebner”

Condolence from David Gibbs on June 7th, 2019 9:09 pm

So sorry for the loss of George and Brenda. George was my chemistry teacher during the ’83-’84 school year. I’ve always admired him. He tried to get me into wrestling once. At 6’3″ and 125lbs, he said I’d have a lot of wins because of leverage.

Blessings to you all.

Condolence from John J Farren on June 8th, 2019 9:05 am

With George Heebner I taught for many years at Octorara High School. It was a privilege. George was a professional educator worthy of admiration and imitation. When I retired George presented me with a music disc I’ve cherished for many years, BRAHMS-EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM. We both cherished classical music. Often times George and Brenda attended the social meal get together at the monthly luncheon, which I often shared. George and Brenda always sat together and when the seat was available I chose to sit near them and beside Branda. I wanted to speak to Brenda and give her the opportunity to chat, which I realized was limited.
That George and Brenda shared their lives together and husband and wife for 50 years is a great God Blessing to the people of the world today especially. I also shared life for 31 years with my German wife for which I thank God every day. I am joyful for George and Brenda knowing by faith that they are Enjoying God and have completed the Meaning God gave them at their creation. May their example help us also to do the same. Thank you God for George and Brenda. John

Condolence from Maria Fiore on June 8th, 2019 3:46 pm

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. and Mrs. Hebner. I am an ’82 graduate from OHS. I never had Mr. Hebner, but I do remember him, and went to some wrestling matches. May they rest in peace togther.

Condolence from MARK ANDREW CZARNOTA on June 8th, 2019 4:14 pm

Rest in Peace Mr. Heebner, and thanks for showing us how to be great a citizen, husband, teacher, and friend! Sincerely Dr. Mark Andrew Czarnota – OHS class of 1985! I shall do my best to carry the light of hope and pass it on to the next generation – teaching them all that I was taught!

Condolence from Deborah B Wolfe on June 8th, 2019 8:10 pm

My husband and I met while seniors at Octorara high school. I was raised in a Christian home and my “boyfriend” was not. Mr. Heebner opened up his home to inquiring minds where the Lord was concerned so I invited my boyfriend to attend his Bible Studies. Fast forward ten years later, and my husband got saved and has been a Pastor and Prison Chaplain for most of our lives. We have been married for 49 years and have three daughters who love the Lord as well. I would have liked to thank him for his generosity to the young people at Octorara and tell him it bore fruit. “Well done, good and faithful servant”

Mick and Deb (Brown) Wolfe

Condolence from Deborah B Wolfe on June 11th, 2019 9:39 am

We have been married 40 years, not 49!

Condolence from Peggy Campbell Kozak on June 9th, 2019 11:40 am

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Heebner (George) and his wife of 50 years. I graduated from Octorara High School in 1970 and George was my chemistry teacher. He was always so soft spoken and kind. I was always impressed that he could wear a suit even in the heat of the early summer days and never seemed to look hot. I was also a wrestling cheerleader. George was so encouraging and helpful to the wrestlers and to us, I can certain understand why he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. I’m sure heaven is a happier place with George and Brenda there.

Condolence from Beth (O’Hop) Linnenbaugh, OHS Class of ‘88 on June 9th, 2019 4:24 pm

“By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.” -unknown Advanced high school chemistry, hands down, was the hardest class that I have ever taken. Mr. Heebner set high expectations for all of us and helped us to achieve those goals. His love of chemistry & teaching was paramount. Blessings to both Mr. & Mrs. Heebner. May they Rest In Peace.

Condolence from doug byler on June 10th, 2019 4:35 pm

They were great neighbors. I could always count on seeing them at the polls every election day. They will be missed.

Condolence from Sarah Jane Downing St. Denis on June 10th, 2019 5:28 pm

Sorry for your losses. They were both at our OHS ‘63 class reunion last fall. So glad they were able to attend. Every one was happy to visit with them. God bless u all & we send out love a& condolences from the OHS Class of 1963.

Condolence from Lisa Feerrar on June 12th, 2019 11:39 pm

I enjoyed the privilege of teaching at Octorara High School with George Heebner in the 1980’s until 1992. He was a consummate professional – exceptionally smart, articulate, kind, and patient – with students and colleagues. Mr. Heebner set the example for others as a teacher and as an exceptional human being. He and his beloved will be missed.

Condolence from Robert Wilson on June 15th, 2019 1:10 pm

To George and Brenda’s family

I graduated from Shamokin High School with George and attended Franklin and Marshall College with him

He and I played in the band at SHS and F and M

Over the years we met at SHS alumni events

George’s dad was a conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad

I have fond memories of the Heebner house on 6th Street in Shamokin

Brenda came into his life when he was in his forties

I last saw George and Brenda when they attended an SHS reunion in Rehoboth Beach several years ago

Condolence from Monique Baylor on June 24th, 2019 10:11 am

Condolences to the family. I am saddened at the loss of Mr. Heebner and his wife. Will keep the family in prayer. Monique Dickinson Baylor 1985 graduate.

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