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Mrs. Jaleane Beatrice Heathfield, age 93, of Grand Haven passed away August 22, 2019 at Covenant Living of the Great Lakes. She was born August 25, 1925 in Dearborn, MI to the late James and Beatrice (Ellison) Cable. Jaleane married Edwin J. Heathfield on January 10, 1948 in Royal Oak, MI. He passed away June 11, 1994.
Prior to the birth of their children, Jaleane worked at Bull Dog Electric during World War II as a draftswoman. While raising their family of nine, they traversed the United States, residing in the Detroit area, as well as Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, and Michigan. Jaleane and her husband, Edwin, moved to Grand Haven in 1984 from Troy, MI. Jaleane was a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where she was a member of the church choir, counted money, and worked on many funeral luncheons. She volunteered for Tri-Cities Historical Museum, the Grand Haven Public Schools reading program for children, and the Loutit Library.
Jaleane loved to travel taking many trips to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, and the Caribbean Islands but, her greatest pleasure was being with her family and visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also loved gardening and was an accomplished seamstress.
Jaleane is survived by her loving children; Cynthia (Anthony) Avallone, Jill Heathfield (Danny Engleman), Kathleen (Robert) Bellemare, James (Dina) Heathfield, Michael (Sandra) Heathfield, W. Thomas (Heidi) Heathfield, and John Brandon Heathfield. Also surviving are 28 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; son-in-law; Donald Linder; sisters, Patricia (Larry) King and Sally Hipchen; and sister-in-law, Rose Heathfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; infant daughter, Nancy Loraine; daughter, Sandra Linder; son, Joseph Heathfield; and sister, Marjorie Dahlman.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven with Father Charles Schwartz as Celebrant. Friends are invited to meet the family from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. Interment will be in Lake Forest Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Loutit Library or the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.
Loutit District Library
407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven MI 49417
Tri-Cities Historical Museum
200 Washington Avenue, Grand Haven MI 49417