Anne Louise Heffner passed away Nov. 22, 2022 at the age of 99. She was born March 18, 1923 in Waukesha to Ida Dorothy (nee Zick) and Richard E. Voigt, Sr. The family moved from St. Paul Avenue in Waukesha to East Troy in the early 1930’s. Anne graduated from East Troy High School in 1941 and began working in one of the many Milwaukee factories supporting the war effort. In 1942 she enlisted in the Signal Corps where she served in Philadelphia during WW2. There, in 1945, she met and married fellow Marine Arthur S. Heffner, a Newport Kentucky High School graduate.
After the war Anne attended business school and Arthur graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. From the 1940’s through the 1980’s they raised their children, Bob, Gary and Dee in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. During those early years they traveled back to East Troy each summer to relax and enjoy time with the family at the Voigt Shops home on Main Street, or one of the family farms; uncle Leon and aunt Hazel Voigt’s was a favorite, as well as aunt Birdie Martinson’s cottage on Booth Lake.
Anne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and big sister. She served as an administrative assistant at their Churches while Arthur enjoyed a career as Art Director for Shiff Shoes and later for Kenner Toys where he directed artwork for the Star Wars Series. He was a Fine Artist. Throughout his life he created meaningful and expressive watercolors, oils, sculptures and portraits. In 1992 they retired to St. Augustine, Florida, where they continued to nurture their children and grandchildren Alison, Annie, Noah and Dustin, and enjoy golf, reading, bridge, and long walks on Crescent Beach.
Anne’s husband Arthur passed away on July 30, 2019 shortly before their 74th wedding anniversary. Anne was also preceded in death by her brother Richard Jr. (Bud) of East Troy, and sisters Dorothy Stachelski of Milwaukee, and Patricia (Stobber) Desch of Burlington. She is survived by her sister Priscilla Jean Bodkin, brother Arthur Voigt, her children and grandchildren, and brother-in-law Donald Desch. Although their lives on earth are over, the value they’ve added to our lives and our love for them endures.
As it was for Arthur, a Marine Corps Military Honors memorial service for Anne will take place at Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine where her ashes will be interred in the Columbarium beside Arthur on March 18, 2023 on what would have been her 100th birthday.
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