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Gemma Heestand


Gemma Heestand, age 71, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Gemma was born in Pennington, South Dakota to the late Nelson Funkhauser and Gertrude Ceresna.

Gemma worked part time at Walmart and was an avid member of her South Boston Bible Church.

Gemma enjoyed being spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed being outdoors, working in the garden, crocheting, sewing, working on bible studies and volunteering for different events.

Gemma was preceded in death by both her parents as well as her brother, Nelson (Butch) Funkhauser.

Gemma is survived by her children, Ricky (Kim) Heestand Jr., Amy (Tony) Hinerman, Paula (Jim)

Faulkner Jr., James (Angie) Heestand; grandchildren, Daniel Hinerman, Hailee Hinerman, James Faulkner, Kenny Faulkner, Alexxis Heestand, Brandon Heestand, Brie (Terry) Hutchenson, Raivan Heestand, Cheyenne Heestand, Alicia Heestand, Christopher Heestand, Gene Heestand; great-grandchildren, Zayden, Beau, Harlow, Ammelia, Fisher, Sebastian. Gemma is also survived by her sisters, Nancy Newton, June Treharn; brother, Paul Ceresna; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday November 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at South Boston Bible Church, 6958 Kyser Rd, Lowell, MI 49331, with Pastor Cory Malone officiating. Friends and family will be received one hour prior, with a luncheon to follow.

If you would like to send flowers to the family or to make memorial contribution to the South Boston Bible Church in her honor, please send to South Boston Bible Church.

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7 Responses

  1. Rest In peace Gemma! May god hold you from here. You have served your time and made a huge impact in this world and The lord has called you up to be with him. Hope your wings come in full and bright! Fit for a Queen.

  2. Sure was a wonderful person I’ll miss working with her she is in my thoughts and prayers

  3. I Loved U more than You will ever know.
    U R gone, way to soon. Enjoy grandma and Dad, They R thrilled Ur home, I am sure and Brian, the Love of Ur life.
    Till we meet again!!
    I Love You!!

  4. Rest in peace my friend, a well served life you will be missed. Your forever friend

  5. A great loss for us left on this earth … yet a shining star in the presence of our Lord and Savior. Will miss you my friend.

  6. Gemma, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss You. I can’t believe your gone. I know You are in Heaven.
    I Loved You so, so much.
    All My Love

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6958 Kyser Rd, Lowell, MI 49331