Jane HeckertJane Collins Heckert was born May 19, 1915, in Wellsville, OH, to Edward and Margaret (Carey) Collins. She grew up in Wellsville and attended Immaculate Conception Church. Jane graduated from Wellsville High School in 1933, and earned her registered nurse degree from Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing in 1937. Jane worked in general surgery and eye surgery for five years.
In 1942, Jane married Don Heckert from Youngstown. They moved to Clearwater, FL, where he was stationed at Drew Field before shipping out to Okinawa. After Don was discharged from the army, the couple moved to Green Bay, WI, where he worked for Fairmont Foods. In 1952, they moved to Moorhead, MN, where Don was promoted to General Manager of Fairmont Foods. Don retired in 1976.