Lillian Areta Heise

September 27, 1926April 1, 2019
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Lillian Areta Musser was born in Upland, California on September 27, 1926, the youngest daughter in a family of seven children to Charles and Emma Musser. Lillian’s childhood years were spent growing up on a dairy farm-Shady Grove Dairy of Upland. Her family attended Upland Brethren in Christ church. Every summer General Conference was held in various locations. Lillian went with her parents to Canada. Carl Heise was a local youngster that attended that year and a little blonde girl caught his eye.

Lillian enjoyed singing, sewing, cooking and hiking in the beautiful mountains near their home. Lillian graduated from Beulah /Upland College and graduated Nursing school in Pasadena. In 1948 Lillian was a part of the traveling ladies quartet from Upland College performing along the way in churches across the United States on their way to the Canadian General Conference. Carl and Lillian met up again and a long distance romance blossomed. Carl moved to California and they were married in 1951.

The young couple moved to Canada for a short while where Lillian worked in Toronto as a Registered Nurse. California called them back for a couple of years till the opportunity arose for Carl to farm with his brother in Iowa. They lived in Iowa for a year till Lillian’s father called asked if they could come back and help on the farm in California so they came back and they settled in Ontario in a house situated on land of the Shady Grove Dairy Farm.

Twenty some years were spent raising six children. The family attended Chino Brethren in Christ where Lillian taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir, performing many times as a soprano soloist. Lillian would also sing with her two sisters as the Musser Trio. Thorough out her life Lillian was devoted to her children and her family, as well as Carl’s family. She took care of her own Mother when she was sick with cancer until her death. Many happy family excursions were made to Canada to visit with family there.

After most of the kids were grown, Carl and Lillian purchased seventeen acres in Paso Robles, California and Carl built Lillian her dream home. Carl was able to live out his dream of growing hay and raising a few cows. Lillian was able to live out a dream of hiking to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite at the age of 68, with a group of gal friends from church. The couple made many friends in Paso. After living there twenty years they returned to Upland and lived out the rest of their years.


  • Daniel (Sue) Heise, Son
  • Curtis Heise, Son
  • Lois (Bob) Martin, Daughter
  • Laura (Steve) Mills, Daughter
  • William (Melinda) Heise, Son
  • David Heise, Son
  • Mrs. Heise also leaves 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren--with one more on the way--to cherish her memory.


  • Memorial Service Friday, April 12, 2019

Lillian Areta Heise

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Merlin ( Jake) Heise

April 16, 2019

Our condolences to Aunt Lillians family on her passing . She was a warm person, will always remember a beautiful smile she had. My earliest memory was about 1959 when uncle Carls visited from Ca with a new dodge p/u and camper with all our cousins ( and a new baby) in tow.They brought pecans, I think it was. To(Palmerston Ont area). Auntie and Uncle visited us nephews in Alberta Can. twice about 25 years ago approx., we were impressed that they took the trouble to visit us so far away. To our cousins in Ca, our well wishes and our sympathy. Merlin (jake) and Kathy Heise Joffre Ab. Can. Apr,16,2019

Dorothy Guengerich

April 13, 2019

Dear family of Lillian Heise,
Our family thanks you, that Lillian and your siblings were at Les’s service. I thought Lillian looked so good. I expected her to live beyond me. Lillian Ardys Sider and I were three years in nursing school together.
Lillian was Les’s favorite Musser cousin. I remember Lillian always seemed to have boyfriends through high school and college. I remember when Carl first visited Upland, he wanted to date Lillian. She was dating Brian Markley. Carl came to see Lillian at the nursing residence. When she saw Carl at the front door ringing the doorbell, she stopped me in the hall. She didn’t know what to do. You know who won.
All of our family had such wonderful times with all of your family on Bond View. It so happened that our circumstances are such that we cannot be there with you all at Lillian’s service.
Lyn passed away six weeks after Les. He had cardiac heart failure. Berny does not drive. Jay just finished our completed taxis for the first time. He now has to be out of town on your day, on a trip he put off. I only leave home when my caregivers take me to medical appointments. I was in the hospital for three days after a TIA. Our love and prayers are with you each. We cherish our loving memories of you each.

Dorothy Guengerich.

Vern & Mary Heise

April 12, 2019

To Aunt Lillian's family, we send our love and deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother, and thought of you today as you shared in the memorial service.

You have heard the song " It only takes a spark to get a fire going", and that spark shone in her life. Lives have been touched, memories shared and bonds formed that will always be with us.
Family have shared how Aunt Lillian not only loved to sing, but also enjoyed the beauty and challenge of hiking the forest and mountain trails. An awesome combination actually. For we can only imagine what peace she would experience while breaking into "How Great Thou Art" , at times where God's creation surrounded her , and I'm certain she would have done so.

Aunt Lillian was also blest with the deepest love of "a Mother's heart", she loved you, each one. Share your memories often, your parents have left you a wonderful heritage.
God Bless ♥️ He is our forever friend!

Love, Vern & Mary Heise and family

Jay Guengerich

April 12, 2019

Our love and prayers go to the Heise family. I have many fond memories of going to church with the Carl and Lillian Heise family. Lillian always had the biggest smile, and was always so friendly. She was a fine Christian example to everyone she met. Thank you to Laura and William for taking such good care of her in recent years. Blessings to the Heise family.

Love, the Jay Guengerich family (Jay, Sharon, Shara, and Garrett)

Walter B. Heise

April 11, 2019

Will always remember our visit s to California, the farm in Paso Robles, getting the (Beast) running, the ocean fishing, playing pool in the basement, our lives will always be better for knowing auntie, We send our regards to the family. Walter and Brenda , Brad & Aaron

Marjorie Heise

April 11, 2019

Dear nieces and nephews, Danial, Lois, Laura , and William. My thoughts are with you to-day as you say goodbye to your mother. Lillian was a dear sister- in- law to us . We first met her when she came to Ontario Canada with a ladies quartet from Upland California . Aunt Stella invited the quartet to dinner along with our family . That was the beginning for Carl , when he caught Lillian's eye. I have many wonderful memories of times spent with you . I extend my sympathy and will be praying for you . All my love, Aunt Marjorie

Pauline Cober

April 10, 2019

Extending our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. Aunt Lillian was a special lady, we loved having them visit us. She showed her love and caring for each one. Often you parents would call for a chat, and you mom always wanted to know how everyone was and what they were doing. I loved sitting with her in church, and singing together.
On one fishing trip with your parents, I was fussing about what I had forgotten to bring for our dinner. Aunt Lillian quietly said "everything we have is all that we need". Our children used that phrase often after that. To each of you, just know that we love you, and wish we were with you tomorrow.
Love and hugs, Pauline and Bruce

Eldon and Shirley Smith

April 10, 2019

To all of Aunt Lillian’s family we send our heart felt condolences. We will remember Aunt Lillian for her big smile and kind words. We will cherish the wonderful memories of Uncle Carl and Aunt Lillian bringing their children for the visits to Canada to see cousins. We looked forward to having them in our home many occasions especially at reunion times. Aunt Lillian could make the most delicious apricot pie and was such a gracious hostess when we visited in her home. Her love for the Lord shone through her singing and her life. Lovingly from Eldon and Shirley Smith.

Ron & Kathleen Empringham

April 8, 2019

To all of Aunt Lillian's family , we extend our condolances. Our fond memories of her glowing smile , singing in the choir , wonderful hostess , excellent cook , fishing companion to Uncle Carl ( so many stories told ) , and the yearly Christmas letters are special reminders of who she was. Being around Aunt Lillian made us aware of her love for The Lord and how that spoke to others. You are in our thoughts and prayers .
All our love Ron & Kathleen Empringham

Carol Mayer

April 6, 2019

To the family of Lillian Heise. Jake and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. We especially remember visiting your Mom and Dad in Paso Robles. I so enjoyed spending time with Aunt Lillian, a wonderfully warm, kind and welcoming person, while Jake and Uncle Carl played pool. We discovered that we shared a love for our daily walks, our love for our children and Grandchildren. She showed me how to cook the catfish that Uncle Carl caught. A wonderful memory. With love...Carol and Jake Mayer and family