2009-04-16 / Obituaries

John B. Heroux

Lancaster, 94

John B. Heroux, 94, a longtime resident of Manheim Township and for the past seven years a resident of St. Anne's Retirement Community, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009. He was the widower of Elizabeth (Fitzgibbons) Heroux, his wife of 66 years, who died Feb. 2, 2004.

Born in Oconto, Wis., "Bernard," as he was known by his family, was the fourth of nine children of the late Joseph and Mary (Tucker) Heroux. He is predeceased by his brothers: Paul, Joseph, Vincent, Francis and Robert Heroux; and by two sisters: Mary Belleau and Helen Murphy

A graduate of Oconto H.S., he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration from Carroll College, Waukeshau, Wis., in 1936. He then began a 43- year career with the Heil Co. of Milwaukee, retiring in 1979. He worked as an accountant and purchasing agent at Heil in Hillside, N.J., in their national account sales office in New York City and moved to Lancaster in 1956 to become the manager of the Heil Co. plant there.

He married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth Fitzgibbons, in New Jersey in 1937 and together raised six children, who all survive him: John, widower of Elizabeth Selitto, Bedford N.H.; Jeanne, wife of Henry Daecher, Kutztown, Pa.; James Ray, husband of Joey Miller, McVeytown, Pa.; Terry, wife of Alvis Ziedonis, Mountain Top, Pa.;, Barbara, wife of William Neely, San Francisco; and Gregory, husband of Joanne Yost, Suwanee, Ga.

He was a member of St. Anne's Church, Lancaster, where he served on many committees and was chairman of the church council for two years. He was also a member of the choir, serving as choir director for six years, and was a Eucharistic minister. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sierra Club.

He also was a Manheim Twp. commissioner from 1980-1987, serving as the commissioner for parks and recreation, and as its president for two years He also served on the board of trustees at Millersville State College and was instrumental is starting the business program there. He was also a member of the Lancaster Area Manufacturer's Assoc., and the PA Motor Truck Assoc.

In addition to his children, he is survived by his sister, Dorothy Merline, Green Bay, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 greatgrandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saint Anne's Catholic Church, Lancaster, Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Norman C. Hohenwarter was celebrant. Interment followed at St. Joseph's New Catholic Cemetery.

Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel, Lititz, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Anne's Retirement Community, 3952 Columbia Avenue Columbia, PA 17512 or to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604. To send an online condolence, please visit: snyderfuneralhome. com

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