November 25, 1945 – April 24, 2021
Kathleen “Kathy” Heidel (Née Marshall) of Whiting, New Jersey died on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at her home. She was 75 years old.
Mrs. Heidel is survived by her loving husband William “Bill” Heidel of Whiting, two sisters, Maryann Hamer of Langhorne, Pennsylvania (Jim) and Carolyn Marshall of Denver, Colorado, and a brother John Marshall (Renee) of Omaha, Nebraska. Kathleen is also survived by her many nieces and nephews: Kathleen Francisco (Dave) of Newtown, Pennsylvania; Meghan Marshall (Mark) of Hershey, Pennsylvania; Pamela Hamer (Bill) of Denver, Colorado; Julie Blackstock (Tom) of Bernardsville, New Jersey; Deborah Collins (Evan) of Langhorne, Pennsylvania; and two nephews: John D. Marshall (Beverly) of Brown’s Mills, New Jersey; and Christopher Marshall of Stuttgart, Germany. She is also survived by her stepdaughter Amie and family.
Mrs. Heidel was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Margaret Marshall of Bordentown, New Jersey, and her oldest brother Thomas F. of Monroe Twp. New Jersey, and a dear companion Dave Holmquist of Cokato, Minnesota.
Kathleen was born and raised in Bordentown, New Jersey where she resided for many years. She was a proud graduate of Bordentown High School ‘64 and received her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State University in Trenton.
Kathleen worked for many years at Burlington County Community College where she developed the position of Job Placement Coordinator. In addition to the responsibilities of that role, she served as Special Education Job Placement Director for students with special needs at Burlington County High School. After leaving the college she later worked for ten years in the Burlington County Surrogate’s office in Mt Holly, New Jersey.
After retiring Kathleen explored the United States for six continuous years in a Fifth Wheel RV home with her companion Dave.
Upon leaving the road she moved to Whiting, New Jersey. While living in Whiting she remarked to her family one day that she had “met some guy who seemed nice” while out walking her dog. A little later that “guy”, named Bill Heidel asked her out and a little later she married him! Bill made her very, very happy for the rest of her life.
Kathy enjoyed writing, reading, music, travel, knitting, painting and crafts. She loved spending time at the Jersey shore, especially Manasquan. But her favorite thing to do was to simply walk and talk with her husband, Bill, alongside Harry Wright Lake, a place she loved, near her home.
If you were fortunate enough to know Kathleen, your life was better for it. She was a kind and gentle soul who was always concerned about others even during her final few weeks; kind and gentle unless she became aware of an injustice done to someone, then watch out! She was never afraid to call out publicly the responsible party in order to right a wrong.
Her love for people, her family, her friends, but especially her husband, Bill, was boundless.
A gathering will be held at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home 115 Lacey Rd, Whiting, NJ at 3:00 pm, Saturday May 22, 2021 in Whiting New Jersey.
Kathleen requested donations be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations can be made at their website at www.stjude.org
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 7, 2021
Kathy and I had remained in touch over the years. Most recently in March of this year. We were regularly irregular in the frequency of our "catch ups". Seems we touched base most often during her adventurous nomadic period a couple years back when she took to the road living and traveling the Country in an RV.
Our special topic for ribbing each other since High School was Water Fountains. Needs an explanation for sure. Goes back to High School one day when I was drinking from a fountain and Kathy decided it was ripe time to smack my backside with her books. I didn't know it was coming and the look on my face caused her to near hurt herself laughing. Ever since that time we would occasionally warn the other of another potential water fountain incident, particularly at Class Reunions. Going to miss her and our "regular irregular" keeping in touch and warnings of the dangers posed by Water Fountains.
RIP beautiful Lady.
Donna Kafer Hesley
May 5, 2021
We were class mates. We always had good times. Such a nice person. My Sincere Sympathy to her family. She will be missed.