The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 24, 2013

Lois A. (Ruch) Heiges, 79, Milton

The Daily Item

— MILTON — Lois A. (Ruch) Heiges, 79, of Milton, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Kramm Health Care and Rehabilitation, Milton.

Lois was born Aug. 18, 1933, in Sunbury, a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Derr) Ruch.

On Oct. 17, 1971, she married George W. Heiges Sr., who survives. They celebrated 41 years as husband and wife.

She was a graduate of Sunbury High School.

She retired in 1992 from the Milton Area Senior High School cafeteria.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Muncy, and an honorary life member of the Turbot Township Fire Company, where she was treasurer for 19 years. She also helped run the bingo events for 18 years with her husband.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Ron A. Karschner and his life partner, Chuck Stiefel, of Summerville, S.C.; one daughter, Cindy J. Hoffman and her companion, Larry Smith, of Danville; three granddaughters, Lindsay M. Hoffman, of Pittsburgh, Alisha Lotz, of Winchester, Va., and Erin Karschner, of Nashville, Tenn.; three stepgrandchildren, Michael Magnetta, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Stephanie Heiges, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jaimie Heiges, of New Orleans, La.; one stepgreat-granddaughter, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three sisters, Peggy Musser, of Sunbury, Linda Dreisbach, of Shamokin, and Connie Heffner, of Sunbury; one stepson, George W. Heiges Jr. and his wife, Kathy, and one stepdaughter, Fran Kay Tiesler and her husband, Donald, all of Elimsport; one daughter-in-law, Patty Karschner, of Montoursville; and her beloved puppy, Reo.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, David and William Ruch, and two sisters, Gladys Bastress and Jean Hornberger.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the DJD Fight on Foundation, 1501 Market St., Lewisburg, PA 17837,

Arrangements are being handled by the Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front St., Milton.

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