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Rev. Lawrence Heeg services Friday, October 11

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Reverend Lawrence S. Heeg, age 82 of Chesterton, Ind., passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013.

He was born on February 22, 1931 in Gary, Ind., to Joseph and Valeria (Horvath) Heeg.

He was baptized on March 3, 1931 and ordained on May 25, 1957.

He is survived by several cousins in Germany.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Heeg.

He served in the U.S. Army as Chaplain until 1968. He was the Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, Ind., Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Ind., and St. Peter & Paul, Merrillville, Ind.

He established and built from the ground up St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Ind., where he served as Pastor.

He last served as Pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton, Ind.

Father Heeg was an avid skier, fisherman, hunter and boater. He was an excellent woodcarver, accomplished artist and chef. He was a licensed pilot with many flight hours, and he loved his Harley and traveling.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. with Celebrant Bishop Dale Melczek and Bishop Carl Mengeling concelebrating, along with a host of other clergy, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N Calumet Rd., Chesterton, Ind. Burial is to follow at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 10, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of evening prayers at 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box, 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123; Sharing Meadows, PO Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371; or VNA Hospice, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

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Posted 10/9/2013