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Dr. Stanley W. Lipinski | October 6th, 1924 - October 25th, 2014 90 Years

Stanley W. Lipinski, 90 Orthopedic Surgeon Bradenton- Stanley W. Lipinski passed away of natural causes on October 25, 2014. He had just turned 90, but it had been a remarkable 90 years. He was born on October 6, 1924 outside of Winnipeg, Canada to his father, a Prussian immigrant named Stanislaus Wnuk Lipinski, and his mother Caroline Spraka whose family had con from Czechoslovakia. The youngest of three children, his life was forever altered by the death of his father when he was 6 mont ... Read more

Prena Thomas | August 29th, 1926 - October 19th, 2014 88 Years

Prena J. Thomas, 88 Lakeland: Prena J. Thomas, 88, of Lakeland, died on October 19, 2014 from natural causes. She was born on August 29, 1926 in Crystal Falls Township, Michigan to Andrew and Pauline Saundri. She proudly worked for Jimbo’s for 42 years. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church since 1945. She served as an Eucharistic Minister, President of the Women’s Catholic Association, and 1995 St Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women; Woman of the Year. Prena was 1 o ... Read more

Rowena M. Lansing | September 30th, 1919 - October 17th, 2014 95 Years

Rowena Lansing, 95 Cosmetic Buyer Lakeland – Rowena Lansing, 95, of Lakeland passed away Monday, October 17, 2014 from natural causes. She was born September 30, 1919 in Warsaw, Indiana. She loved to play golf, paint, and play bridge. She is preceded in death by her husband Jack Lansing. She is survived by her son Robert J. McMorran, Jr. (Patricia), grandson Scott McMorran (Carolyn), granddaughter Lisa Wheeler (Scott), great-grandsons Logan and Wyatt, sister Margaret Hendricks (Joh ... Read more

Christopher David Rogers | April 21st, 1991 - October 17th, 2014 23 Years

Christopher David Rogers, 23 Lakeland-Christopher David Rogers, 23, left to be in the arms of our Lord on Friday, October 17, 2014. Christopher was born, April 21, 1991, in Winter Park, FL, grew up in Apopka, FL, and moved with his mother to Lakeland, FL, in 2000. He graduated from Harrison School of the Arts and had attended Polk State. He was a loving son and brother and was always there for his family and friends in so many ways. Christopher was a quiet and private person who ... Read more

Christopher Brian Earl | December 10th, 1937 - October 16th, 2014 76 Years

Christopher Brian Earl, 76 Lakeland- Christopher Brian Earl, 76, passed away of complications from pancreatitis on October 16, 2014 while surrounded by his family. The youngest of six children, Chris was born in Morden, Surrey, England. He graduated from Wimbledon College and Borough Polytechnic in London. Chris, his wife, Pauline, and their young children emigrated to Lakeland in 1965 after accepting a chemical engineering job with Wellman Lord. As a professional engineer, he designed ... Read more

Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr. | December 12th, 1920 - October 16th, 2014 93 Years

Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr., 93 Lakeland: Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr. died October 16, 2014 at his home due to natural causes. Mr. Hornsby was born December 12, 1920 in Ashburn, GA and later moved to Lakeland with his family. He was owner-operator of Winston Farms for over 55 years. Ranching for most of his life, he also was a general contractor having built many homes in Lakeland during the late 1950's and early 1960's. He was a member of St. Joseph' s Catholic Church and the Florida C ... Read more

Virginia L. Thompson | June 1st, 1921 - October 15th, 2014 93 Years

Virginia L. Thompson, 93 Lakeland, Virginia L. Thompson, 93, of Lakeland, FL, went to be with God on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, William, sons Ronald and Kerry. She is survived by her son's Richard and wife Sue, David and wife Carol, daughter Linda Garrett and husband Raymond and daughter in law Lesley, sister, Jean Terry, 16 grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Thompson was born in LaP ... Read more

Irma Z. King | November 1st, 1920 - October 11th, 2014 93 Years

Irma Z. King, 93 Teacher Lakeland – Mrs. Irma Z. King, 93 of Lakeland passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 from a heart failure. She was born in Plant City, Fl. Mrs. King is preceded by her husband Captain James Paul King and son Dr. James Robin King. She is survived by daughter Paula Simpson, granddaughters Jamie McGee & husband Mark, Samantha Brawley & husband Carson, great-granddaughter Finley Alexis McGee and Sister Alva Swilley. She graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor’s of Scien ... Read more

William Heston Heilman | October 21st, 1915 - October 10th, 2014 98 Years

William Heston Heilman, 98 William was born October 21, 1915 in Evansville, IN, and died October 10, 2014, of natural causes in Lakeland. He married Janet Aikman in 1942. He graduated from Indiana University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Temple University School of Theology. As an ordained Presbyterian minister he served as pastor in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois. He was also the administrator of Christian Education for the Synod of New Jersey, and from 1970-1988 he and ... Read more

Jerry Clinton Bennett | April 18th, 1941 - October 10th, 2014 73 Years

Jerry Clinton Bennett, 73, of Lakeland, FL, passed from his earthly life on Friday, October 10th, 2014, after suffering from the effects of a Glioblastoma brain tumor diagnosed in January 2012. Jerry was the second child and only son of Dorrys (Dot) and Ophelia Jordan Bennett born on April 18th, 1941 in Roanoke Rapids, NC. He was in the Boy Scouts, played sports, including baseball and football. He was musically talented and sang, played the piano, trumpet, and mellophone. He enjoyed bui ... Read more

Pauline S. " Polly " Murphy | November 24th, 1921 - October 10th, 2014 92 Years

Pauline S. "Polly" Murphy, 92 Pauline Slaughter Murphy was born November 24, 1921 and died of natural causes October 10, 2014 in Lakeland, FL. Polly was born in Denver, CO. Then lived in the Austin TX area before returning to Denver in 1927. The family moved to Washington, DC in 1937 where she graduated high school. She had the honor of being an invitee to FDR's third inauguration in January, 1941. During WWII she worked in the Western Union office in Washington, DC. She married James ... Read more

Jeffrey Wells | February 15th, 1963 - October 9th, 2014 51 Years

Jeffrey Wells, 51 Automotive Painter Lakeland – Jeffrey Wells died on October 9, 2014, due to natural causes. He was born on February 15, 1963, in East Liverpool, Ohio. Jeffrey loved classic cars & fishing. Jeffrey was preceded by his father Fred Wells. He is survived by his mother Ruth Ann Wells, sister, Emily Wells, niece Jordan Wells and great nephew Carter Ragland. A private service was held. ... Read more

Thelma Crutchfield Kells | January 30th, 1910 - October 8th, 2014 104 Years

Thelma Crutchfield Kells, 104 Thelma Crutchfield Kells, a lifetime resident of Lakeland passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 8, at the age of 104 of natural causes. She was born on January 30, 1910 to Thomas Hervey and Mary Kathryn Crutchfield. Thelma graduated from Lakeland High School and attended Florida Southern College. She married Charles Borland Kells, an attorney, first in 1929 (secretly) and then again in 1930. They were married 50 years when he passed aw ... Read more

John Hart MacDonald | November 22nd, 1946 - October 6th, 2014 67 Years

John Hart MacDonald, 67 Business Manager Lakeland – Mr. John Hart MacDonald, 67 of Lakeland passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 from a heart attack. He was born in Sikeston, Missouri. John was a veteran of the United States Navy, an avid golfer, and a business manager for Lazy Days RV. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, son, John and daughter Amy Elizabeth, 2 sisters and 1 grandson. A visitation will be held at Heath Funeral Chapel at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 9, 2014. Me ... Read more

 
 

2013 Pursuit Award

Heath Funeral Chapel is proud to receive the NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence Award for 2013. This award is given in honor of outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families, active community involvement through innovative outreach programs, and ongoing educational and professional development opportunities for staff.

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Welcome to Heath Funeral Chapel

Losing a loved one is always difficult. Regardless of culture or religion you are faced with making quick decisions on how to honor and celebrate the life of someone you cherished. At Heath, you’ll get answers, advice and support – every step of the way. We will take care of your loved one with the utmost dignity and respect. We can help you create a tribute that lasts.

Foster Heath, Founder

Heath Funeral Chapel is family owned, and we’ve been your neighbor in Polk County since 1959. We have earned the trust of our community by celebrating the lives of the people they have loved. It is our honor to help you prepare the unique service that best remembers and celebrates your loved one. Our own beloved family patriarch, Foster Heath, passed away on April 14, 2012, after more than five decades of serving his community. We proudly carry on his legacy.

Bill Schichtel, Caroline Heath Schichtel
and Matthew Schichtel

“There is nothing as
wonderful as loving someone,

and nothing harder than losing them. I am in this business because I believe in life and celebrating every part of it. For three generations my family has lived in and loved Polk County. Your folks are our folks, and we are proud to provide exceptional personal care and attention. We work closely with you in honoring your loved one to ensure that every detail of their well-deserved tribute is perfect.”

Foster Heath
Founder | Heath Funeral Chapel



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Dr. Stanley W. Lipinski

October 6th, 1924 - October 25th, 2014 90 Years

Obit pic Stanley W. Lipinski, 90 Orthopedic Surgeon Bradenton- Stanley W. Lipinski passed away of natural causes on October 25, 2014. He had just turned 9... Read more

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Prena Thomas

August 29th, 1926 - October 19th, 2014 88 Years

Obit pic Prena J. Thomas, 88 Lakeland: Prena J. Thomas, 88, of Lakeland, died on October 19, 2014 from natural causes. She was born on August 29, 1926 in ... Read more

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Rowena M. Lansing

September 30th, 1919 - October 17th, 2014 95 Years

Obit pic Rowena Lansing, 95 Cosmetic Buyer Lakeland – Rowena Lansing, 95, of Lakeland passed away Monday, October 17, 2014 from natural causes. She was b... Read more

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Christopher David Rogers

April 21st, 1991 - October 17th, 2014 23 Years

Obit pic Christopher David Rogers, 23 Lakeland-Christopher David Rogers, 23, left to be in the arms of our Lord on Friday, October 17, 2014. Christophe... Read more

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Christopher Brian Earl

December 10th, 1937 - October 16th, 2014 76 Years

Obit pic Christopher Brian Earl, 76 Lakeland- Christopher Brian Earl, 76, passed away of complications from pancreatitis on October 16, 2014 while sur... Read more

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Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr.

December 12th, 1920 - October 16th, 2014 93 Years

Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr., 93 Lakeland: Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr. died October 16, 2014 at his home due to natural causes. Mr. Hornsby was ... Read more

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Virginia L. Thompson

June 1st, 1921 - October 15th, 2014 93 Years

Obit pic Virginia L. Thompson, 93 Lakeland, Virginia L. Thompson, 93, of Lakeland, FL, went to be with God on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 of natural causes.... Read more

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Irma Z. King

November 1st, 1920 - October 11th, 2014 93 Years

Obit pic Irma Z. King, 93 Teacher Lakeland – Mrs. Irma Z. King, 93 of Lakeland passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 from a heart failure. She was born ... Read more

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William Heston Heilman

October 21st, 1915 - October 10th, 2014 98 Years

Obit pic William Heston Heilman, 98 William was born October 21, 1915 in Evansville, IN, and died October 10, 2014, of natural causes in Lakeland. He marrie... Read more

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Jerry Clinton Bennett

April 18th, 1941 - October 10th, 2014 73 Years

Obit pic Jerry Clinton Bennett, 73, of Lakeland, FL, passed from his earthly life on Friday, October 10th, 2014, after suffering from the effects of a Glioblas... Read more

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Pauline S. " Polly " Murphy

November 24th, 1921 - October 10th, 2014 92 Years

Obit pic Pauline S. "Polly" Murphy, 92 Pauline Slaughter Murphy was born November 24, 1921 and died of natural causes October 10, 2014 in Lakeland, FL. P... Read more

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Jeffrey Wells

February 15th, 1963 - October 9th, 2014 51 Years

Obit pic Jeffrey Wells, 51 Automotive Painter Lakeland – Jeffrey Wells died on October 9, 2014, due to natural causes. He was born on February 15, 1963,... Read more

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September 18 3:00 pm

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Grief in Arts: Mixed Emotions Collage

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October 09 10:00 am

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Grief in Arts: Writing From the Heart

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