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Joan Crissy Gerau | April 23rd, 1931 - November 27th, 2014 83 Years

Joan Crissy Gerau, 83, Registered Nurse Lakeland, Joan Crissy Gerau, passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014, at LRMC of complications from a fall. She was 83 years old at her death. She was born in Tyrone, PA on April 23, 1931, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pressley Josiah Crissy. She was the mother of four children: Deborah Marie Gerau, Lakeland, Fl, Pressley Wade Gerau, Victorville, CA, Jeffrey Lynn Gerau (deceased) and Don – Richard Gerau (deceased) .She had 14 grandchildren and 1 ... Read more

Margaret Ann McLaughlin | September 9th, 1921 - November 23rd, 2014 93 Years

Margaret Ann McLaughlin, 93 Lakeland- Ms. Margaret Ann McLaughlin died on November 23, 2014 at Hawthorne Inn due to natural causes. Margaret was born on September 9, 1921 to William J. McLaughlin and Anne V. McMinamin in Spring Valley, WI. She is survived by her longtime friend and companion of 70 years Beatrice Dierling, Brother, James McLaughlin of Minneapolis, sister-in-law Margaret Susan McLaughlin of Lakeland and several nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paren ... Read more

John F. Jankowich | September 3rd, 1942 - November 22nd, 2014 72 Years

John F. Jankowich, 72 Educator Lakeland- Mr. John F. Jankowich died on November 22, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa due to a stroke. He was born September 3, 1942 in West Easton, PA. to Hedwig (nee Fandl) and John E. Jankowich (deceased). The four loves of his life were God, family, friends and education and he used those blessings to help others. He was an educator with degrees from East Stroudsburg and Kutztown in PA. John taught English, British Literature and Mythology for over 30 y ... Read more

Ann S. Matthews | May 26th, 1922 - November 19th, 2014 92 Years

ANN S. MATTHEWS, 92 Insurance Agent Ann S. Matthews, 92, passed away November 19, 2014, due to cancer. Elizabeth Ann was born May 26, 1922, in Clarksville, Florida, the daughter of James Inman Smith and Anna Lee Attaway Smith. With her family, she came to Lakeland shortly after she was born. Ann worked in the insurance industry for 30 years and was Polk County Insurance Woman of the Year in 1968. She served as a PTA secretary at Dixieland Elementary and Southwest Junior High and Cu ... Read more

Marjorie E. Scott | June 22nd, 1922 - November 16th, 2014 92 Years

Marjorie E. Scott, 92, died at home on November 16, 2014 due to natural causes. Visitation is on November 21, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held on November 22, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Heath Funeral Chapel. ... Read more

Marino Hernandez Jr. | July 29th, 1983 - November 16th, 2014 31 Years

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles. I’ve only gone to rest for a while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am but as I used to be. Because, I will remember you all and look on with a smile. Understand in your hearts, I’ve only gone to rest a while. As long as I have the love of you, I can live my life in the ... Read more

Freeman Junior Strickland | August 24th, 1936 - November 15th, 2014 78 Years

Freeman Junior Strickland, 78 Builder/Roofer/Grove Owner Lakeland- Mr. Freeman Strickland, born August 24,1936, in Brundidge, AL, passed away due to heart attack on November 15, 2014, in Lakeland, FL. The son of Sam Carroll and Ida Bell Moore Strickland, he was the fifth of their six boys, and the tenth of their twelve children. He is survived by: Virginia, his devoted wife of 58 years; his sons Tony, Jerry and David; his grandchildren Anthony, Caity, Chris, Jeremy, Erin, San ... Read more

Dolores Wood McManus | July 25th, 1929 - November 15th, 2014 85 Years

DOLORES WOOD MCMANUS, 85 Homemaker Lakeland, Dolores Wood McManus, died on November 15, 2014 of natural causes. Dolores Wood McManus affectionately known as “The Boss”, was called by the Lord Almighty to heaven. Born in Bridgeport, Conn. to Permelia and Peter Brewster she graduated from Harding HS, attended Arnold College while majoring in PE and a member of the gymnastics team. She actively served her church, St. Andrew’s of Bpt., Ct. as an officer of the Rosary Confraternity. Sh ... Read more

Constance Lloyed Erb | April 10th, 1935 - November 13th, 2014 79 Years

CONSTANCE LLOYD ERB, 79 Registered Nurse Lakeland, Ms. Constance ‘Connie’ Erb passed away on November 13, 2014 at Highlands Lake Center in Lakeland, FL after an arduous and fierce fight over nearly half her lifetime with MS. Connie was born in Hazelton, PA, to Josephine and Grier Lloyd, Welsh immigrants, but claimed Chattanooga, TN as home. Ms. Erb attended the University of Tennessee and has cheered on the orange and white ever since. Connie moved to Rockledge, FL where she ... Read more

Karen Ruth Eefting Hardin | November 1st, 1934 - November 12th, 2014 80 Years

Karen Ruth Eefting Hardin, 80 Kindergarten Teacher Karen Ruth Eefting Hardin, 80, passed away peacefully from complications from surgery on November 12, 2014 surrounded by her children. Mrs. Hardin was predeceased by her husband Major Robert Gregg Hardin and her parents William Theodore Eefting and Evelyn Mitchell Eefting. She is survived by her three children Cynthia Tarapani and her husband John Tarapani, Michael Robert Hardin, Ruth Yost and her husband Colonel Robert Yost, and her grandc ... Read more

Carmelo J. Giglio | January 18th, 1936 - November 12th, 2014 78 Years

Carmelo J. Giglio, 78 Lakeland: Carmelo J. Giglio, 78, of Lakeland, died on November 12, 2014 from kidney failure. He was born on January 18, 1936 in Rockford, Illinois. Carmelo was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and their rider club. He is survived by his wife Barbara; 3 sons; Joseph, Michael, and Anthony. 2 daughters; Ruby (Jim) West and Tina. 2 brothers; Thomas, and John; 4 sisters; Paula, Kat ... Read more

Frederick O. McKneely | April 4th, 1918 - November 11th, 2014 96 Years

F.O. McKneely Banker/Business Leader Lakeland, Frederick Owen McKneely (F.O., Owen, Mr. Mac, or whatever name you know him by), 96, of Lakeland, FL passed away November 11, 2014, after a period of declining health. He was born April 4,1918, in Monroe County, Forsyth, GA to Miranda Owen and Newsom Ray McKneely. Owen attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1939, where on his first night in school he met Lonnie Lee Smith, his beloved wife of 72 years. They were married on Octobe ... Read more

Ila M. Kremer | August 18th, 1937 - November 5th, 2014 77 Years

Ila M. Kremer 77 Homemaker Ila Kremer passed away Nov.5, 2014, at L.R.M.C of Heart Failure. Ila was born August 18, 1937, in Wheeling, WV. She is preceded by husband Norman, daughter Dawn Sheppard and son- in- law David Elliott. She is survived by son Scott Kremer, his wife Debra of Columbia Station, OH; daughters Tracy Elliott of Willowbrook, IL. & Kimberly, Le Gault and her husband Thomas of Northville, MI; four grandchildren: Courtney and Jennifer Kremer, Austin and Matthew Le Gault. ... Read more

Janice Sue Lowder- Stone | April 21st, 1945 - November 2nd, 2014 69 Years

Janice Sue Lowder – Stone, 69 Daycare Teacher Lakeland – Janice Sue Lowder – Stone passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014, from cancer. She was born April 21, 1945, in Pikesvillie, Kentucky, Janice was a loving MaMa, and of Baptist faith. She worked at the Badcock Daycare Center as a loving teacher for many years. Janice is survived by her sons Brian K. Lowder, Dewayne Stone, and her two daughters Cynthia S. Lowder, Christine Lowder, eight grandchildren, and four great -grandchildren. A ... Read more

 
 

2013 2014 Pursuit Award

Heath Funeral Chapel is proud to receive the NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence Award for 2013 and 2014. 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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Joan Crissy Gerau

April 23rd, 1931 - November 27th, 2014 83 Years

Obit pic Joan Crissy Gerau, 83, Registered Nurse Lakeland, Joan Crissy Gerau, passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014, at LRMC of complications from ... Read more

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Margaret Ann McLaughlin

September 9th, 1921 - November 23rd, 2014 93 Years

Obit pic Margaret Ann McLaughlin, 93 Lakeland- Ms. Margaret Ann McLaughlin died on November 23, 2014 at Hawthorne Inn due to natural causes. Margaret was bo... Read more

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John F. Jankowich

September 3rd, 1942 - November 22nd, 2014 72 Years

Obit pic John F. Jankowich, 72 Educator Lakeland- Mr. John F. Jankowich died on November 22, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa due to a stroke. He was b... Read more

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Ann S. Matthews

May 26th, 1922 - November 19th, 2014 92 Years

Obit pic ANN S. MATTHEWS, 92 Insurance Agent Ann S. Matthews, 92, passed away November 19, 2014, due to cancer. Elizabeth Ann was born May 26, 1922, i... Read more

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Marjorie E. Scott

June 22nd, 1922 - November 16th, 2014 92 Years

Obit pic Marjorie E. Scott, 92, died at home on November 16, 2014 due to natural causes. Visitation is on November 21, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service ... Read more

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Marino Hernandez Jr.

July 29th, 1983 - November 16th, 2014 31 Years

Obit pic Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles. I’ve only gone to rest for... Read more

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Freeman Junior Strickland

August 24th, 1936 - November 15th, 2014 78 Years

Obit pic Freeman Junior Strickland, 78 Builder/Roofer/Grove Owner Lakeland- Mr. Freeman Strickland, born August 24,1936, in Brundidge, AL, passed awa... Read more

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Dolores Wood McManus

July 25th, 1929 - November 15th, 2014 85 Years

Obit pic DOLORES WOOD MCMANUS, 85 Homemaker Lakeland, Dolores Wood McManus, died on November 15, 2014 of natural causes. Dolores Wood McManus affectionat... Read more

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Constance Lloyed Erb

April 10th, 1935 - November 13th, 2014 79 Years

Obit pic CONSTANCE LLOYD ERB, 79 Registered Nurse Lakeland, Ms. Constance ‘Connie’ Erb passed away on November 13, 2014 at Highlands Lake Center in ... Read more

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Karen Ruth Eefting Hardin

November 1st, 1934 - November 12th, 2014 80 Years

Obit pic Karen Ruth Eefting Hardin, 80 Kindergarten Teacher Karen Ruth Eefting Hardin, 80, passed away peacefully from complications from surgery on Novem... Read more

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Carmelo J. Giglio

January 18th, 1936 - November 12th, 2014 78 Years

Obit pic Carmelo J. Giglio, 78 Lakeland: Carmelo J. Giglio, 78, of Lakeland, died on November 12, 2014 from kidney failure. He was born on January 18, 193... Read more

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Frederick O. McKneely

April 4th, 1918 - November 11th, 2014 96 Years

Obit pic F.O. McKneely Banker/Business Leader Lakeland, Frederick Owen McKneely (F.O., Owen, Mr. Mac, or whatever name you know him by), 96, of Lakeland, F... Read more

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Upcoming Events

National Children's Grief Awareness Day

Rica Walker LMHC

November 20 5:30 pm

Grief Servies Coordinator
Good Shepherd Hospice


Space is Limited

4th Annual Service of Remembrance

We remember and honor our loved ones.

This special service reminds us that love never ends.

November 23 3:00 pm

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Taking Care of Me

Rica Walker LMHC

December 11 4:30 pm

Grief Services Coordinator
Good Shepherd Hospice


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