Gilberta "Gilly" Heithoff, age 81 of Jamaica, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the EveryStep Kavanagh House in Des Moines, IA. Gilly’s family will be hosting a memorial service on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perry. Visitation will be on Saturday, beginning at 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perry. Burial will be in the Dallas Township Cemetery near Dawson. Memorials will be given to her family and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care.
Gilberta "Gilly" Mae Heithoff was born on July 19, 1938 at Tama, IA to Emery Ellsworth and Mable Mae (Ballhorn) Stull. She attended school at Tama High School. She was united in marriage to Donald John Heithoff at Marysville, MO on September 17, 1965. Gilly worked at the Woodward State Hospital, later as a bartender, she sold Sara Coventry jewelry and last worked at the Rowley Masonic Community in Perry for 11 years.
She was a member of the Catholic Church and later joined Trinity Lutheran Church. Gilly enjoyed going camping, sewing, gardening and digging in the dirt.
In death she rejoins her husband Donald, parents, Emery and Mable Stull, 4 brothers, Lauren, Harlan, Duane and Melvin Stull and a sister Laura Smith.
Left to cherish Gilly’s memory are her only daughter, Heidi (John) Chapin-Riehl, Dawson, IA, grandchildren, Max and Mason Chapin, Dawson, IA and a sister Colleen (Harold) Hjerleid, Decorah, IA.
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Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care
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Perry, IA 50220
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