Mary Beth Heller
FITCHBURG – Mary Beth (DeVoe) Heller of Fitchburg passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, at home surrounded by her husband and family during the last days of her life.
Mary Beth came into this world on Friday, July 13, 1956. She was daughter number three, born to the late George and Betty DeVoe. Mary Beth attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Grade School and graduated from Monona Grove High School. She went on to further her education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she met the love of her life, Scott Heller. Shortly after meeting, they knew in their heart of hearts that they belonged together.
On Feb. 14, 1976, Mary Beth and Scott were united in marriage at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monona. Immediately after, they moved to Sheboygan. They found their way back to Madison in 1978, built their first home in Fitchburg and started their family. This union was blessed with four children, Timothy, Stacy, Nikki and Kaylee.
Mary Beth had numerous jobs throughout her life, but none that gave her as much pleasure as being a mom and later a grandmother. She never missed any of her children’s activities. She couldn’t wait to watch her son, Timothy, play baseball at WMLL, or travel throughout the Big Ten Conference to watch her daughter, Stacy, play soccer and lastly, watch her daughter, Kaylee, play soccer in the Mac Conference. She was their biggest fan!
Volunteering became a way of life for Mary Beth, as she often headed up one committee or another. She enjoyed countless hours of fundraising to make sure her daughter, Kaylee, and her soccer team fulfilled their dream of a lifetime, going to South Africa. She thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with the March of Dimes and was so proud that she was able to help build McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg.
Mary Beth loved to curl up with a good book, dance to almost any type of music and complete one craft project after another. Sporting events played a major role in her life. She was an avid Brewers, Packers, Badgers and Michigan State basketball fan. She absolutely couldn’t wait for March Madness to roll around and had a vast knowledge of college hoops.
Mary Beth was passionate about travelling and felt very fortunate to have travelled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. Their love of cruises took them on 25 trips including Alaska, Hawaii and the Mediterranean. Their favorite, the Caribbean, was the ultimate vacation to them; the turquoise water, sunsets, islands and most importantly bonding with family and friends. She could often be heard telling the locals to “Have a good life.”
Mary Beth’s circle of friends was many, from every walk of life. She truly treasured each and every one of these friendships. She constantly told her children how important friends were. She loved to share laughs over dinner, planning girls’ trips or making her famous treat bags. Her smile and generosity were a gift to all who knew her.
Her five grandchildren, Trenton and Landon (the Bugs), Thomas, Josie and Baby Astella were her pride and joy. They affectionately called her “Mimi” and she loved it! There was never a holiday that went by that all five received one of Mimi’s special gift baskets. She put so much time and thought into these baskets and couldn’t contain her excitement to pass them out. She always said, “God’s greatest gifts to us are our children” and later went on to add “our grandchildren.”
Scott and Mary Beth wrote a beautiful love story and were blessed to share 45 years together. She thanked God every night for this amazing union and wonderful journey they shared on earth. Mary Beth’s children are profoundly proud of their father who took the very best care of their mom every second of every day.
Mary Beth is survived by her loving husband, Scott; son, Timothy (Caren); daughters, Stacy (Eric) DeLonge and Kaylee (Josh) Minkoff; her precious grandchildren, Trenton and Landon Heller, Thomas and Josie DeLonge and Astella Minkoff; sister, Nancy (Steve) Spilde; brothers-in-law, William (Sue) Otis, Richard (Anne) Duwe and Gene (Debbie) Heller; mother-in-law, Barbara Heller; and 15 nieces and nephews.
Mary Beth will now be reunited with her daughter, Nikki; and many other family members and loved ones.
A private funeral service will be held.
Family and friends who wish to view services via LIVE STREAM may visit Mary Beth’s obituary page at www.gundersonfh.com and click on the Live Webcast link at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Memorials may be made to the Madison Chapter of the March of Dimes. She would be honored if you would do a random act of kindness in her memory. “Always count your blessings.”
Mary Beth will be truly missed, especially for her sense of humor and the capital “F” she put in Fun. She will remain in our hearts forever.
Online condolences may be made to www.gundersonfh.com .
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