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Rita Claire (Schwab) Heyen

December 23, 1920 ~ February 17, 2018 (age 97)

Rita Claire Heyen, 97, of Litchfield, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:23 p.m. at Heritage Health and Senior Care in Litchfield. She was born in Honey Point Township, Macoupin County, Illinois, a daughter of Aloysius John & Henrietta Magdalin (Hoog) Schwab. Rita was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Litchfield, St. Anne’s Society, and St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary.  Over the years, she was employed at Brown Shoe Company, Roller Derby Skate Corp., and Montgomery Ward, all in Litchfield. She enjoyed sewing, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She married Russell Orville Heyen on October 29, 1940. He preceded her in death on October 30, 1981. She is survived by:

3 daughters,                   Beverly J. (Gary) Helfrich; Martha J. (John) Rogers; 

                                       Rebecca J. (Dale) Bishop, all of Litchfield

1 sister,                           Marvella J. Mierkowski of Litchfield

5 grandchildren,              Daniel (Lori) Helfrich, Matthew (Julia) Helfrich, Emily (Scott) Humpherys,

                                        Ryan (Cassie) Bishop, Caitlin (Mitchell) Noll

1 great-grandchild,          Andrew Helfrich

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Rosalie M. Winstead; a brother, Arthur “Barney” Clayton; and a granddaughter, Tracy Ann Helfrich.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Litchfield. Fr. Dan Willenborg will preside. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Holy Family Catholic Church in Litchfield.




Donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Holy Family Catholic Church
Litchfield IL 62056

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