Mary Agnes Hieshetter



Memorial Contributions

 Aquinas College Annual Fund

1700 Fulton St E

Grand Rapids, MI 49506


St Thomas Church

1449 Wilcox Park Dr. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Mary Agnes “Mickey” Hieshetter, age 88, of Grand Rapids, died peacefully Friday, July 10, 2020 at Porter Hills Village where she had been a resident the last 7 years. She was preceded in death by her husband William (Bill) Hieshetter and her grandson Ian Bower. She is survived by her children, Mary Bower, Mike (Susan) Hieshetter, Kiki (Mike) Lown, Helen (Paul) Vruggink, Sara (Tom) Antonucci; grandchildren, Brendan, Elise, Patrick and Kevin Hieshetter, Megan and John Lown, Leah, Nicholas, Sara and Jacob Vruggink, Tommy, Lauren, Sydney and William Antonucci; numerous nieces and nephews. Mary spent over 30 years teaching at the Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College. Her love for the English language, particularly the correct use of pronouns remained with her up to her death. Her engaging personality led her to a career selling clocks with her sister Helen at Klingman’s Furniture upon her retirement.  She enjoyed her involvement with the Women’s City Club and the Aquinas Golden Saints. Many knew her for her kindness and generosity. She and Bill enjoyed traveling but most especially cherished the time spent with family and friends at Big Bass Lake in Irons, Michigan.  She was a devout Catholic and spent the majority of her life as a member of St Thomas Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, July 15th at 10:30 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr. SE; Rev. James A. Chelich, presiding. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions all Mass and visitation participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Visitation Tuesday 6-8 PM at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aquinas College Annual Fund, 1700 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 and St Thomas Church, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

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5 Responses

  1. Mike and Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold her close and keep
    her spirit close to your hearts. God bless you and your family in these times.

  2. So sorry to hear of the passing of your dearly beloved mother and grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  3. Eric and I wish to share our sincere sympathies on your mom’s passing. We know how much she was cherished by all her children and grandchildren. God’s Blessings.

    Eric and Connie Wehner

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. It has been a long time since I have had the chance to see any of you. I will be sure to let my parents know of Mary’s passing. What a joy she always was when we were all kids. My thoughts and prayer for peace and comfort to all of you.

  5. Dear Hieshetter Family:
    I met Mickey at two different Aquinas events several years ago and was so impressed by her friendliness and ability to make a meaningful connection. Kiki, of course, was a recent student when I met her mom, and also epitomized her mom’s dedication. I had wondered how she was doing in
    recent years. May her spirit rest with the angels.
    Patricia Kozal

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