Bernita A Heckaman, age 88 of Silver Lake, passed away quietly on May 16, 2023, at 2:45 p.m. in Timbercrest Senior Living, North Manchester.
Born in Marion, IN on January 1, 1935, Bernita was the daughter of Thomas H. Neal and Aline (Nicewanger) Neal. She was a 1953 graduate of Wabash High School and spent several years at Playtime, where she sewed baby buggies. She also spent more than 26 years at Zimmer, working in the office and the Sewing Department. Her proudest professional achievement was co-operating Splendor Boats with her husband Doyle - Bernita wore many hats at Splendor and filled in wherever she was needed.
She learned the value of hard work at an early age and helped her children to learn that same value early on. A very family focused person, she was proud of her children, loved her grandchildren and adored her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed bowling, NASCAR (especially drivers Jeff Gordon & Chase Elliott) and was a longtime member of Center United Methodist Church, Silver Lake. She also enjoyed traveling, especially by Cruise Ship (she had been on more than twenty!) and liked games of all kinds. All of these things were made infinitely better when she could share them with her family.
Married to Doyle A. Heckaman on November 28, 1968, Doyle and Bernita shared more than 48 years together before his passing on October 2, 2017. She was also preceded in passing by her parents; sister, Wanda Hall; brothers: Larry Verlis and Charles Neal; and by an infant brother, Stephen Neal.
Those who survive with memories to share include five daughters: Connie (Steve) Olczak of Vero Beach, FL, Nila (Gary) Funk of Greenville, TN, Linda (Dave) Elliott of Fort Wayne, Kay (Dave) Koldyke of Hickory Corners, MI and Marilyn (Trent) McDonald of Silver Lake; son, Jaime (Margaret) Heckaman; grandchildren: Kris Wiley of Denver, CO, Beth (Jeff) Moreland of Pendelton, SC, Mark (Jess) Funk of Sunnyvale, CA, David (Samantha) Funk of Charleston, SC, Jillian (Dave) Moser of Carmel, Julie (Richard) Senn of Carmel, Matthew (Lauren) Elliott of Laotto, Valerie Koldyke of Richland, MI, Aaron (Chelsea) of Clarkston, MI, Landon Koldyke of Fitchburg, WI, Ethan (Kelsi) McDonald of Lapel; Logan (Lakin) McDonald of Silver Lake, Adam (Crystal) Heckaman of Silver Lake, Amy (Darren) Parker of Silver Lake, Andrew (Kelsey) Heckaman of Silver Lake and 22 beloved great-grandchildren.
Titus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2000 Sheridan Street, Warsaw is entrusted with arrangements. Friends may gather there on Friday, May 19, 2023, from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will take place at Center United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 20, 2023 beginning at 11 a.m. with doors open at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Lake View Cemetery, Silver Lake. Memorials may be given to Center UMC with envelopes available at the services. Written condolences may be left at www.TitusFuneralHome.com