Mary “Jane” Heppding


Mrs. Mary “Jane” Heppding, 81, beloved wife of Gene Earl Heppding and a resident of Onancock, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, at her home with her loving family at her side. Born April 12, 1938, in Baltimore, Md., and reared in Point Pleasant, Md., she was a daughter of the late Leland Franklin Helmstetter Sr. and the late Anna Coolahan Helmstetter.

Mrs. Heppding loved being surrounded by loved ones and looked forward to cooking meals for holidays and family gatherings. She was a member of the Exmore Moose Lodge #683, was an avid bowler and participated in a league for several years, and she enjoyed collecting ceramics. Mr. and Mrs. Heppding adored one another and were inseparable throughout their 64 years of marriage. Though Mr. and Mrs. Heppding didn’t have children of their own, they treasured their nieces and nephews, and there was nothing they wouldn’t do for them. Mrs. Heppding’s memory will forever be cherished, and her life forever celebrated, through the countless memories made with those she loved.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister, Ann Rigdon, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; seven nieces, Terri Callaway, Susan Moore (Thom), Karen Nelson (Kevin), Debbie Pearlman (Adam), Brenda Reynolds (Tom), Michelle Check, and Kristin Zach (Andrew); sister-in-law, Jo Helmstetter; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Other than her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Blanche “Sue” Brandick and her husband, Bill; brother, Leland Franklin Helmstetter Jr.; brother-in-law, Jim Rigdon; nephew, Curtis Mattern; and nephew-in-law, Donnie Calloway.

To honor her wishes, funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, P.O. Box 616, Onley, VA 23418.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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