Emma Jean Heisey, age 68, of Alhambra, passed away Saturday, October 31, in Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Funeral services for 68 year-old Emma Jean Heisey were Monday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m., in the First Baptist Church in Alhambra. Burial was in Harris Cemetery in Alhambra. Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra is in charge of arrangements.
She was born on Monday, May 19, 1947, in Hershey, PA, the daughter of Christian and Mary (nee Seltzer) Heisey.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, Alhambra, IL; Alhambra Community Club; Delta Kappa Alpha in College.
Emma was born and reared in Hershey, PA. After high school, she moved to California and did Christian Mission work. In 1977 she and her family moved to Venice, IL She attended Belleville Area College and then SIU-E to finish her education. She was a substitute teacher in Special Education in several Metro School Districts. Following a car accident, she lost her sight and was wheelchair bound. Emma Jean moved to the Alhambra Care Center in 2001. She enjoyed being active in her church – especially with the State Prison Ministry and helping make/package items for the homeless She enjoyed crochet & knitting.
Father – Christian E. Heisey, Winchester, VA
Daughter – Rebecca L. Harshaw, Saint Louis, MO
Daughter – Roberta J. Larkin, Gibson City, IL
Daughter – Shirley M. (Johnny) Cystrunk, East Saint Louis, IL
Grandchild – Tenisha M. Cystrunk
Grandchild – Emily K. Bucks
Grandchild – Jessica D. Braggs
Grandchild – Vanisha R. Cystrunk
Grandchild – Justin J. Braggs
Grandchild – Ieshea N. Cystrunk
Grandchild – Ashley R. Cystrunk
Great Grandchild – Nevaeh M. Williams
Sister – Sarah (Bob) Kerns, Winchester, VA
Brother – Bill (Lil) Heisey, Glen Allen, VA.
She was preceded in death by:
Mother – Mary J. Heisey (nee Seltzer) (died 1982)
Son In-law – Joseph Larkin (died 5/11/2011)
Sister – Mary Christine Harris (died 2007).