Madonna Heilig

Madonna D. "Donna" Heilig

1932 - 2020

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Donna cherished time with her family. Every Christmas Eve, birthday, and life event, she always loved to celebrate, and with a family as big and loving as hers, there was always a reason to. She held childhood memories of trips to Crystal Beach close to her heart. Memories of the beautiful beach, jitterbug dancing, and cottage life were her favorites. When Donna had children of her own, she was excited to bring her children to the same spot. Donna also looked proudly back at her graduation from Mt. Mercy Academy. As a devout Catholic, Donna believed in Catholic education and made sure all her children went to St. Mary’s. of the Lake Elementary School. Donna was also known for her pride in her Irish heritage as a South Buffalo native. Donna met her husband, Frank, during an outing at Club Como with her best friend. Frank, a Buffalo police officer bought her a drink, played a song on the juke box and the rest was history. When Donna and Frank were married, their reception was at the same club and celebrated with many family and friends. Their marriage brought 6 gifts from God Donna would always say. Those gifts were the loves of her life and she was proud of each beyond measure. As time went on, those gifts grew with the addition of sons and daughters in law that grew her family into multigenerational pride. When she was enjoying her life as a grandmother, she began to become quite tech savvy. After being gifted an iPad, Donna learned to really love Facebook and be known as “cyber grandma.” She was the first to comment on every post, like every picture and maintained contact with everyone near and far. Donna was an avid sport’s fan. From her days running track at Holy Family School to following her kids and grandkids games and accomplishments, she always had a sport to follow. After her family, the love of her life was the New York Yankees. Donna’s love began with listening to the games on the radio with her Grandfather. That love affair lasted her whole life. She was Paul O’Neill’s number one fan until he retired and was then replaced by Derek Jeter. Donna was very proud to be called “Yankee Grandma” by her great grandchildren. Donna was and always will be their number 1 fan. Heilig, Madonna D. “Donna” (nee Nagle) January 24, 2020 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved wife of the late Frank P. Heilig, Sr.; devoted mother of Patty (Tim) Anderson, Kathy (Jeff) Sweetland, Frank Heilig, Jr., Mark (Sue) Heilig, Amy (Will) Peterson, and late Suzy (Bob) Kosek; loving sister of Zita (late Larry) Kavanaugh, late Patricia (late Lou) Wieder, late William (Donna) Nagle, and late Donald Nagle; cherished grandma of Renee, Kelly, Mary, Kurt, Alisa, Paul, Katie, George, Samantha, Marissa, Benjamin, Michael, Elizabeth, Caroline, William, Andy, and late Nicholas; dearest great-grandmother “Yankee Grandma” of Troy, Mia, Parker, Finn, Mark, Emma, Jaxx, Abel, Roman, Morgan, and Matthew; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received on Monday from 4 – 8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday 9:30 AM at St. Mary of the Lake Church. Please assemble at church. Please make online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Monday
27
January

Visitation

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, January 27, 2020
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Tuesday
28
January

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 am
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
St. Mary of the Lake Church
4737 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-3123
Please Assemble at Church
Tuesday
28
January

Committal Service

11:00 am
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Lakeside Cemetery
4810 Camp Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-649-5507