Jerrold T. Heber

Posted 6, 1949 — July 29.

Loving husband, father, brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Born Jerrold Thomas Heber in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph and Juanita Heber, the oldest of three children. He lived most of his life in Chicago, attending St. George and Amundsun High Schools, where he was named “Mr. A” for his athletic abilities.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La. He was fortunate to have had cruises that took him around the world, receiving an honorary discharge in 1971. He later served the town of Evanston, Ill., as a firefighter/paramedic, where he retired in 1999 after 20 years of service.

In the early 1980s, he moved to Mundelein, Ill., where he married Paulette Hojnacki and raised their family. He spent the last 13 years of his life in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colo., where he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and loved ones and cruising around the foothills and mountains on his yellow scooter.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Paulette and adoring children Ellyn (Brian) Jarvis, Ojai, Cali.; Amy Heber, Durango Colo.; Matt (Alicia) Heber, Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Jarret Heber, Pagosa Springs, Colo. He will be dearly missed by his nine grandchildren: Nolan, Emelia, Avery, Carter, Stella, Nia Hannalee, Louis and Olivia. He is also survived by his mother, Juanita (McDade) Heber; brother Jamie (Cathy) Heber; sister Jody (Mike) Abad; brother-in-law Stanley Hojnacki; five nephews, one niece and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jerry is predeceased by his father, Joseph Heber.

Private family services will be held in Pagosa Springs, Colo., and California.

Your love and laughter will be forever in our hearts and you will be greatly missed my many. May God bless you, Jerry, on your spiritual journey!