Norma Van Heek
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Norma Marie Van Heek,age 81 of Crofton, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at her residence after a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with Rev. Michael Schmitz and Rev. Timothy Lange officiating. Burial will be in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Crofton. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the church and will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Daberkow, Dayton Daberkow, Derek Van Heek, Padraig Flanagan, Alayna Daberkow, Molly Luebbe, Nicole Van Heek, and Jenna Van Heek.

Norma was born on January 26, 1933 in Crofton to William C. and Theresa (Lammers) Lange. She grew up in the Crofton area and attended Pleasant Hill and St. Rose Elementary Schools and graduated from Crofton High School in 1950. She received her teaching certificate from Mt. Marty College in Yankton, SD, and then taught at Mt. Vernon School south of Crofton until her marriage. On October 17, 1955, she married Gerard "Jake" Van Heek in Crofton. They farmed 4 miles south of Crofton after their marriage.

Norma was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the ladies Guild, Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America, Crofton American Legion Auxiliary Post 128 and was a former parish council member. She was a former 4H Leader for 10 years. Norma loved to garden and cook. She had to stay busy and enjoyed her work. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family.

Norma is survived by her husband, Jake Van Heek of Crofton, 6 children and their spouses, John and Judy Van Heek of Crofton; Jane and Ken Daberkow of Madison, NE; Dale and Lisa Van Heek of Crofton; Dianne and Chris VanBallas of Kansas City, MO; Karen and Sean Flanagan of Freeman, MO; Keith Van Heek of Valentine, NE; 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, a brother, Dr. Harold and Maryann Lange of Columbus, NE; a sister, Mabel Heisinger of Tripp, SD and a sister-in-law, Virginia Lange of Crofton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Robert Lange, and 2 sisters, Maurina Hille and Alda Goehring.

A memorial fund has been established in Norma's name for the St. Rose School Legacy Fund, Crofton, N

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I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and friend. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Kate Hansen Kappel

Sorry for your loss

Bill Sage

To the family of Norma Heek,

I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34;18) With sympathy,

kelsey lee



Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all.

Tom & Becky Block

Bless your hearts, all of you. We are thinking of you and here for you in spirit and in deed. Just let us know how we can help.

All our love, les and rich

Dianne and Karen,

I'm so sorry about the death of your mom. You're in my prayers.


I am so sorry about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Betsy Brouillette

Our heartfelt condolences to the family. It is our prayer that God will bring much comfort to the family in the days ahead. God has promised us a time when sickness and death will be no more. Revelation 21: 4 tells us: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." May the family have comfort and peace during this time of great loss.

Williams Family

To the Van Heek Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a parent at any age and I know your mother was so proud of all of her children. She will be missed by the many who knew and loved her. At times like this I like to recall the Irish Blessing "May God hold her in the palm of his hand until you meet again..."

John Lillis Kansas City MO

To the Van Heek Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May all of the happy memories of Norma help you through this difficult time.

Ken & Joanne Steffen

Norma was a wonderful person who we always enjoyed visiting with. We will miss her. So sorry for your loss.

Duane and Luann Schumacher family

Jake and Family,

You have our sincere sympathy. It was so good to visit with all of you last summer, as I drove around the home place and the old neighborhood. May God give you comfort knowing that Norma is with Him. God bless all of you!

Kevin & Diane Brummer, Ankeny, IA

Ken and Jane and family,

We are so sorry for the your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Madison Public School Family

Jake and all your family, we are sorry to hear of your loss. Always remember the good times. Our prayers are with you.

Barb & Roger Sudbeck

To Uncle Jake and all the cousins

We were so surprised to hear of this great loss in our family. Norma was such a sweet aunt and always so welcoming when we came to visit in the summers or around Christmas. We will always remember her beautiful smile and great laugh. We will be keeping you in our prayers.

Mary (Steffen)and Ed Sanders

Sending my deepest sympathy. There is definitely another angel in heaven but she will be missed by all. Take care!

Sharon (Schieffer) Oien

Dianne, Karen & family, Thinking of you and sending love your way!

Kris & Veryl



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