Frances Leona Heitzig, 83, died at 3:40 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the emergency room at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville.
She was born in Jerseyville on Nov. 27, 1930, the only child born to the late Lloyd & Frances (Dower) Collenberger.
In her younger years, Leona was a supervisor at the Jerseyville Telephone Company, but after her marriage and the birth of her four sons, she devoted herself to raising her family.
She married Joseph Edwin Heitzig on Feb. 28, 1948 at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jerseyville, and the two shared 55 years together before his death on Oct. 25, 2003.
Surviving are her four sons & daughters in law, William & Elizabeth Heitzig of Panama City Beach, Fl., Richard & Diane Heitzig of Jerseyville, Robert & Cindy Heitzig of Greenville, and Mark & Rochelle Heitzig of Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren, Cody, Dillon, Gavin, Tracy, Nicki, Bill, Shon, Beth, Bradley & Josie; six great grandchildren, Madalyn Rose, Meredith, Mikayla, Isabella, Jacob and Mabel.
Visitation will be from 9:30-10:45 a.m., Tuesday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m, Tuesday at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jerseyville with Father William Hembrow officiating.
Burial will be in the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Jerseyville.
Memorials may be given to the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic Schools in Jerseyville or to Masses.