Thanks to BCBP, from Fr. Herb Schneider

by BCBP admin

Dear Manny and all the BCBP Community:

Yesterday, December 15, we buried Heidi, my sister’s only child and my only niece. In the night from Friday to Saturday, December 7-8 our Lord called Heidi to himself. Gerti and I want to thank you for your love and support. Without you we do not know, how we would have been able to cope with the pain of our grief.

We have been drawing consolation from the fact that the last three months were surely the most happy of Heidi’s entire life. Everything seemed to come together for her. Last May she graduated from Fordham with her PhD in Medieval history. She got a job as history professor at Saginaw Valley State University. SVSU turned out to be for her an empowering and enabling environment from their welcome of her as a new faculty member to the support she got from the administration and her fellow professors. In addition, Heidi found the love of her life in a colleague at SVSU. The response and expressions of sympathy from colleagues, administration, and her students has been overwhelming and for my sister and myself consolation and strength. We want to share with you a few of the tribute statements that were posted at the Fullerton Funeral Home website.

Please know that I mourn the loss of the nothing less than an unbelievably lovely human being (Dr. Joe Jaksa).

Words cannot express how sorry I am about the sudden loss of Heidi. In the short time she was here at Saginaw Valley State University she had made a major impact (Sharon Opheim, Faculty Secretary, SVSU)

I was her student. I will miss her greatly, every day we would pass each other and she always said “Hi Cameron” with a smile on her face. Anyone could tell that she loved teaching. I was ready to blow her away with my essay for the exam, because she pushed me to do better (Camerion Thorp)

Heidi was one of those rare people who could light up a room when she walked in! Her beautiful big smile, high cheek bones, and twinkling eyes simply reflected the beauty from within.

Heidi was only at Saginaw Valley State University for a short time, but she made a significant impression on her students and colleagues. She took the time to get to know her students and she made an effort to connect with her students inside and outside of the classroom. Heidi’s colleagues were equally impressed with her gracious disposition and intellectual abilities. We are honored to have had the opportunity to get to know her and are sorry our time with her was so short (Joni Boye-Beaman, Dean, College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences).

She was one of the very best professors I have had. My prayers are with your family during this incredibly difficult time (Jim Cunningham).

Heidi made class this semester fun, entertaining, and she brightened my day with her smile, which she brought to class EVERY DAY!! It is heartbreaking to know that i will not be able to thank her in person for the time I spent learning from her. It has come to my attention that she was too good for this life, and was asked to move on to the next. This was sudden for us, but God grew tired of waiting for such an amazing person to be with him. May her body rest in peace, and her soul rejoice in heaven (Andrew York).

The tributes to Heidi above talk about the past and the wonderful person she has been, but her story has not come to an end. Because our God is the God of the living and because Christ is risen from the dead, Heidi’s story goes on in God’s presence.

Psalm 16 speaks for Heidi, Gerti and myself:

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.
You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;

Even the endings of fairy tales “she lived happily ever after” needs to be changed to “she LIVES happily ever after. This we believe and this is our true consolation.

Thank you once more for standing with us during this most difficult time. We are truly grateful for your friendship and support. May our Lord who cannot be outdone in generosity, compassion, and kindness bless you abundantly with joy and peace this Christmas and may he accompany you on all your ways throughout the coming year.


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Rodolfo E Ignacio Jr January 19, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Thank you once more for standing whenever I should learn and making an effort to connect with his students inside and outside of the classroom. You show myself the path of life.

pete December 19, 2012 - 8:55 am

our deepest sympathy and condolences go with fr herb and the bereaved family.
yes, fr herb, psalm 16 is our true consolation.
in Christ,
pete and linda


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