2012-01-14 / Obituaries

Reverend Erladean Heffner

Reverend Erladean Heffner, 87, of Baltimore, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

Erladean was born on July 31, 1924, in Fairfield County to her parents, Harriet and Earl Mcbee. Her calling ultimately led her to the role of pastor of Hopewell United Methodist Church in Lancaster in January 1965 through her death.

Erladean was wildly in love with Christ Jesus, and she faithfully served those around her. Her life was a beautiful, inspiring, strong story of faith and compassion.

Her door was always open, her heart always full. She cherished quiet mornings with the Lord.

Her death is preceded by her late husband, Virgil Heffner, who passed away August 18, 1992.

Survivors include a sister, Ellen McDaniel; three children, Rev. Dr. Dennis Heffner and his wife, Dee Dee of Espanola, NM, Tina Rogers and her husband, Ron of Clovis, NM, and Marilyn Oravec of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and the congregation of Hopewell United Methodist Church.

While the absence of her presence on this earth leaves us with sorrow, we rejoice in knowing she is joyfully worshiping Christ Almighty, interceding on our behalf, and awaiting reconciliation with us in eternity.

Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012, at the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home, Baltimore, officiated by Rev. Chuck Imhoff. Burial will follow at Basil Memorial Cemetery. Memorials can be made in Rev. Erladean’s name to the Hopewell United Methodist Church 2552 Clearcreek Rd. Lancaster, OH 43130.

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