Valerie Jeanne Heidbrink, age 72, of Three Rivers, died peacefully Saturday, June 5, 2021, in the comfort of her family’s presence.
Her life began March 29, 1949 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the second of four children born to Joseph and Anne Birnell. She married Robert Edward Heidbrink, Sr., August 30, 1996 in Marcellus, Michigan.
Valerie loved spending time with her family, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her fur babies Bullet and Brody. She retired from AEP/I&M after twenty-two years.
Valerie will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her husband of almost twenty-five years, Robert Heidbrink, Sr. of Three Rivers; three daughters, Joyce (Bart) Wyman of Marcellus, Michele Schaus of Cassopolis, Patricia (Canaan) Jones of Niles; two step-daughters, Mary Ann Heidbrink of Eureka, Missouri, Crystal Murray of Hartford City, Indiana; two step-sons, Robert (Tracy) Heidbrink, Jr. of Leland, North Carolina, Joshua (Jamie) Heidbrink of Jefferson City, Missouri; seventeen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Anne (Donald) Hicks of Frederick, Maryland; one brother, Joseph A. Birnell of Oxford, Kansas; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Jennifer Jeanne Rice; one granddaughter; and one sister, Sandra K. Enderle.
Family and friends will gather Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Mrs. Heidbrink will be laid to rest in Poe Cemetery in Jones, Michigan.
The family prefers contributions in memory of Valerie be made to an animal shelter of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.
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