Veronica Ann Heckman Veronica Ann Heckman

Veronica “Ronnie” Ann Heckman, 75, of North Catasauqua died peacefully Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. She was the widow of Larry R. Heckman. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Ignatius J. and Anna E. (Liposhitz) Hoffman. A 1960 graduate of Central Catholic High School, Ronnie continued her education at St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia receiving her Registered Nursing Degree in 1963. After graduation, she began her nursing career at the former Allentown General Hospital. Throughout her 30-plus years in nursing, Ronnie worked at various hospitals and nursing facilities and also did private duty nursing and home care before retiring in the late 1990’s. She was a volunteer for the former Catasauqua Ambulance Corps. Ronnie was a member of St. John Fisher Church, North Catasauqua. She enjoyed excursions to the beach, knitting, playing cards and working with ceramics. She was a devoted wife and mother and her life centered around her family. She was the family historian and a woman before her time. Before facebook even existed, Ronnie was the conduit through which all information flowed.

Surviving: Son, Brad L. Heckman of New York City; siblings, Barbara Hucaluk of North Catasauqua, Jim Hoffman and his wife Mary Beth of Lubec, ME, Stephen Hoffman and his wife Ellisa of Bethlehem, Sherryanne Meyer of Macungie; aunt, Helen Hertzog of Allentown: sisters-in-law, Sara Siegfried of Whitehall, Saundra Heckman of Dingmans Ferry; nieces; nephews.

A celebration of Ronnie’s Life will be held at 10:00AM Saturday in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th & Hamilton Sts., Allentown. A viewing will be held from 7:00PM to 8:30PM Friday and 9:00AM to 10:00AM Saturday in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ronnie’s memory to New York Peace Institute, 111 John St., New York, NY 100038, www.nypeace.org, an organization that envisions a world in which all people have the resources to creatively and constructively resolve their differences. Ronnie always wanted to help people and understood that people disagree and arguments escalate. She was proud of and supported her son, Brad who serves as Chief Executive Officer of New York Peace Institute.

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