Obituary of Mary S. Heistand
Mary S. Heistand, 100, of Manheim, PA, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday morning, April 22, 2019 at Pleasant View Retirement Community following a brief illness. Born in East Lampeter Twp., she was the daughter of the late Henry E. and Ursula Burkhart Siegrist. She was the wife of the late Martin B. Heistand for 63 years prior to his passing in October 2004.
A homemaker, Mary was a faithful member of Rissers Mennonite Church where she was active with the sewing circle and taught Sunday school in the primary department. She also volunteered with the Red Cross at Lancaster General Hospital for 20 years. Mary enjoyed singing, playing the harmonica, and gardening. She also enjoyed cross stitching and created baby quilts for her great grandchildren. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by three children, George D., husband of Sandra L. Collins Heistand, of Bainbridge, Elsie A., wife of Jay E. Witmer, of Lancaster, and J. Lester, husband of Elizabeth K. Kreider Heistand, of Manheim; 15 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and nine great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Twila Jane Heistand, and nine siblings, Elmer, J. Henry, Jacob, James, and Abram Siegrist and Frances Harnish, Emma Ebersole, Esther Deiter, and Grace Shultz.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday morning, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Rissers Mennonite Church, 8360 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery. The family will receive guests at a viewing at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30 AM until the time of the service. If desired, contributions may be made in her memory to the benevolent fund of Rissers Mennonite Church. To view a webcast of the service beginning Sunday or to express a condolence with the family, visit www.spencefuneralservices.com.