Pauline Mae Heilmann


Pauline Mae Heilmann, 94, of Whitehouse, Ohio passed away May 9, 2024.

She was born on December 5, 1929 to Frank and Hazel Chamberlain of Rudolph, Ohio; the third of six children. Frank passed away when Pauline was a twelve year old girl. After her father died, her mother worked in a small factory to provide income for the family. Pauline and her sister, Janet helped out more with their brothers and the cooking and cleaning. Pauline graduated from Liberty High School in 1947.

Pauline met her husband, Walter Heilmann, at a dance at Vollmer’s Park near Grand Rapids, Ohio. They were married in 1950, and moved into a house on Finzel Rd. in Whitehouse, Ohio, where Walter was a part of John W. Heilmann and Sons farming operation. She lived on Finzel Road until she moved into Browings Masonic Community. Pauline and Walter raised 4 children – 2 boys and 2 girls. Walter continued to farm, and Pauline was a homemaker. She valued not wasting anything. She grew delicious strawberries, grapes, apples and canned tomatoes, peaches, pears and ketchup. She made delicious home cooked food. Her grandkids especially liked her homemade bread, cookies, her family gathering noodles, as well as Saturday pancakes.

Pauline and Walter were actively involved members of Zion Lutheran Church in Waterville, Ohio. They were also active members of Farm Bureau and enjoyed many years meeting with their Farm Bureau council. As a couple, Pauline and Walter travelled to Hawaii with their friends as a highlight of their travels.

Pauline is survived by her children, Donald (Josie) Heilmann of Whitehouse, Ohio, Dorothy (Ronald) Danhauer of Whitehouse, Ohio and Darlene (Gary) Herringshaw of Rudolph, Ohio, grandchildren Jessica (Andrew) Mehl, Jenna (Matthew) Ditzig, Jake (Jackie) Heilmann, Andy (Cassie) Danhauer, Nicholas (Kristie) Herringshaw and Nathan (Jessica) Herringshaw, and great-grandchildren Charis and Kendall Mehl, Rylee, Braelyn and Eden Heilmann, Sophia, Sabrina, Alicia and Donovan Ditzig, Addison, Hudson, Carson and Wren Danhauer and Madilyn and Benjamin Herringshaw.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Walter, her son Dennis and her grandson Adam Danhauer.

In good times and in bad, Pauline clung to her faith in Christ. She always had her Bible beside her living room chair, and her gentle, loving spirit was the evidence of her faith. She also listened much more than she spoke; her family felt treasured knowing how much she cared about what they had to say.

She possessed a gentle and kind demeanor but showered her family with a devotion and steadfast love that endures and will forever be treasured.

Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday. May 15, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 22 N. 2nd St. Waterville, Ohio 43566. Interment will follow at Wakeman Cemetery in Waterville. Visitation will be held Wednesday morning at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home Whitehouse, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to Zion Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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