July 25, 1949 – November 7, 2018
Belinda Kay Heisler of Jupiter, Florida left this life on Wed., Nov. 7th, 2018 surrounded by her loving family after a 5 year fight with cancer.
She was born in 1949 in Corpus Christi, Texas and moved to Jupiter in the early 1960’s. Belinda was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Bozeman and her step-father, Marvin Bozeman, as well as her Grandmother Dorothy Brooks.
She is survived by her precious family- her forever love, husband Michael, treasured son Cliff (wife Kate and grandsons James, Collin, Liam), soulmates identical twin sons Kevin (wife Katie, grandchildren Ruby Marie, and Penn) and Brian.
She also leaves her sisters Benita Rippeon (Bill), Shelah Bozeman Crowley (John), brother Allen Bozeman, Marvin Bozeman’s daughter Tracy, as well as several nieces and nephews, and very dear friends who supported her in her fight.
Belinda graduated from Jupiter High school in 1967, received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Florida in 1971, and was chosen as a member of the National Honor Nursing Society Sigma Theta Tau.
She joined the Army Nurse Corps on a scholarship program to incentivize nurses to serve during the Vietnam conflict. She served transitioning soldiers and their families stateside at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. She worked in various aspects of nursing including obstetrical, med-surg, and caring for young soldiers traumatized by their experiences in Vietnam. She was honorably discharged from the Army as a Captain with incredible experiences working in a one story wooden hospital built in World War 2.
After the Army, Belinda helped open a new hospital on Hilton Head Island, SC. She then moved to a teaching hospital working ICU and ER and eventually worked open heart surgical research at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.
Post-divorce, she returned to Jupiter to raise her young son Cliff.
In 1982, she married Mike Heisler and began their wonderful life in Jupiter Farms. She worked 25 years at Palm Beach Gardens hospital as a critical care nurse, teacher, interventional radiology nurse, starting the open heart unit, and a very brief time in administration and part time instructor at Palm Beach Community college.
She was the first nurse at Gardens hospital to be nationally certified in critical care by the National Association of Critical Care (AACN). She reached her 25 year mark as AACN certification before retirement in 2007 after 35 years of nursing.
Her intensive love was her family, her passion was critical care nursing, her philosophy was nursing needed the best at the bedside and that was where she served and taught. “No patient should have to choose between compassion or competency”. She was known as a fierce patient/family advocate. Her down time was spent with her husband supporting distance running at Jupiter Christian School, volunteering as a school nurse, helping develop and supporting the JCS Booster Club and extensive travelling with her husband and children.
She gives thanks to her wonderful friends for helping her and her husband during the grieving process and learning to live your life one day at a time in God’s grace. The family would like to thank Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg and all of the wonderful nurses and staff at the Cancer Center of South Florida and Dr Barry Miskin and the entire “Sunflower Team” at Trustbridge Hospice.
Services for Belinda will be held at Jupiter First Church, 1475 Indian Creek Pkwy, Jupiter, FL 33458, on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10am. A Celebration of her Life will follow from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Aycock -Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Food Bank of PBC, ARC of Palm Beach County, Jupiter Christian School or Jupiter First Church.
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Jupiter First Church
1475 Indian Creek Pkwy
A Life Celebrated
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center
1112 Military Trail
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November 15, 2018
Mike and family, I am so sorry to hear about Belinda. I can't imagine the heaviness that you carry in your hearts but I know that you realize that all of you were her whole world. She loved you all. I will miss my old friend terribly.
vick and randy sheppard
November 9, 2018
We love how much Belinda loved life and her family. She was resilient against whatever was put before her, her strength was stronger than any prognosis that doctors could provide. She was determined to do what she needed to do to keep her family and love ones close and together. She loved Mike and her family and scheduled her needs with them as primary importance. God Bless you and you may Rest In Peace - until we meet eternally again - Randy & Vicki Sheppard
November 9, 2018
Not sure if my note was posted, but I said I sit here with such a heavy heart because I know how loved Belinda was loved by her family. So so many memories because our children grew up together, two doors down in Jupiter Farms. So so much laughter in those memories and my kids will treasure them forever along
with Dick and I. I admired her so much because she was such a great mom and was always consistent in raising her boys. I do you remember one time that we had a belly laugh, when she said to me at 6 AM in the morning as the boys were getting ready to do a triathlon, “thanks a lot Faith, this is all your fault”. We just started laughing as poor Mike was going back to the house to get something like a helmet or googles one of the boys forgot.
She said, yep your fault. One day the boys came home when they were very young and said I want to run like Mrs Croshaw Brian and Kevin started running and became the top runners in the county. She never forgave me, haha. Just kidding, she loved it. She will be so missed. I remember when she laughed, her eyes would twinkle. Love you Heisler family. Mrs. C.
November 8, 2018
I 1st met Belinda when she was a single mother raising her son, Cliff. I was impressed with her keeping her home up and working hard as a nurse, all the while taking care of Cliff. She always had a smile on her face, especially after she married Mike and had her twin sons. She definitely left an impression on me. My sympathy and prayers go out to her family and friends. We will miss you Belinda!