Marceda Heitmann

Marceda (Marcy) (Cec) Marie Heitmann, 81, of Detroit Lakes, MN passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Sanford Hospice House in Fargo, ND with her children at her side.

Marcy was born on December 4, 1938 in Harvey, ND the daughter of Emmanuel and Tillie (Roessler) Kost. After high school, Marcy went on to further her education and received her master’s degree in Speech Pathology, at Minot State College. Marcy married the love of her life, James (Jim) L. Heitmann on June 21, 1959 in Martin, ND. To their union two sons Rick and Kraig were born.

Marcy taught 38 years in Detroit Lakes and various school districts in North Dakota. Her first teaching assignment at 19 began with a 2- year teaching certificate in her hometown of Martin. She had grades 1-3 in one room. Over the years she taught elementary, middle school, high school, special education and ended her career as Speech and Hearing Coordinator for District 22 in Detroit Lakes. Teaching was the perfect profession for Marcy as she loved children and they loved her. Though her job had its share of frustrations and obstacles, she loved it and never lost sight of the fact that it was all about the kids. After “retirement”, she worked part time at Circle of Life School on the White Earth Reservation for six years as Speech and Hearing Coordinator.

Marcy was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, member of the Altar Guild and loved the Bible study group. She was a member of several professional education organizations. Her many hobbies are too numerous to list but include: making porcelain dolls, sewing, reading, stained glass art and quilting. Cec was creative and inventive.

Family and friends will attest to her many admirable qualities. Marcy was kind, generous, loving, patient, helpful and always had an open door to her home. She loved to feed anyone who was around the house, whether it was meal time or not.

Deeply loved Marcy’s passing will be mourned by her sons Rick of Calhan, CO and Kraig (JoAnn) of Clarkston WA, her brother Jack (Sharon) of Martin ND, her sister-in-law Carol Kost of Mayville ND, and by many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews, and even some great-grandnieces and great grandnephews.

Marcy is welcomed in Heaven by her parents Emmanuel and Tillie, her husband James (Jim), her brothers; Dale (Dolores), LeJune (Aleta), Wayne (Phyllis), Milo ”Bud” (Joyce), Dennis (Carol), and her sister Eunice who died as a toddler.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the Zion Lutheran Radio Ministry.

A Celebration of Marcy’s Life will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN with a visitation one-hour prior. The service will be outdoors with the request that you bring your own chair for the service. Zion Lutheran does have a radio station to tune into while in the parking lot of the church. The service will also be livestreamed on David-Donehower’s website ( under Marcy’s obituary page.

The family is being assisted by David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, MN.

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