May 2, 1933 – December 22, 2021
Norbert Anthony Heban, Jr., of Rossford, Ohio, took a peaceful trip to paradise on December 22, 2021 at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born on May 2, 1933 in Rossford, Ohio, the son of Mary Louise (Jursa) and Norbert A. Heban, Sr. He graduated from the Central Catholic Church in 1951, where he excelled in baseball and bowling . Norb married the love of his life, Judith Anne Kwapich, and spent 63 years holding hands and sharing life with her “Doll”.
Norb was a devout Catholic and faithful servant of God all his life. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene and All Saints Catholic Church. He was a surrogate boy, the first reader at St. Mary’s, presided for 35 years and served on parish council and many other committees for the church. Norb was a member of the Keep Watch ministry and prayed faithfully every Friday for the students and staff of All Saints, Penta and Owens. He was a prayer warrior and prayed daily for his family and those in need of God’s divine intervention.
Norb proudly served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army from 1953 to 1955. He retired from Dana Corporation in 1999 after working 37 years, first as a designer and then as a patent analyst. During his career, Norb attended Owens Technical College and Dana University and was active with Toastmasters International.
Norb was athletic and played handball, racquetball, senior softball, senior volleyball, bowled and went to the senior softball Olympics. He tried out with the Chicago White Sox in 1952 at the age of 19, but was drafted into the military the same year. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and attended the Indians’ spring training camp, Baseball Heaven. Norb has coached women’s softball, men’s little league and men’s softball. He performed in several plays at the Village Players Theater in the early 1980s. He loved nature and enjoyed camping, woodworking and dancing. He was a gentle and caring man who always had a kind word and a hug for those around him. Norb was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Norb will be sadly missed by his beloved wife, Judith Heban; children, Kevin (Ann) Heban, Norb (Pattie) Heban III, Sharon (Matt) Giles, Terry (Charlie) McKnight, Kelly (Andrew) Garza; grandchildren, Kenny, Kirsi, Alex, Christie, Courtney, Greg, Jenni, Matthew, Brian, Joey, Sarah, Elijah, Alyssa; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard Heban, Stephen (Ann) Heban, Nancy (Marcel) Poupard, Marie (Ron) Grove; step-siblings, Dale (Kathy) Kwapich, Pam Crabtree, Roger (Debbie) Kwapich; and several nieces and nephews. His parents died before him; in-laws, Walter and Emelia Kwapich; sister-in-law, Doris Heban; and brother-in-law, Fred Crabtree.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo for the gentle and loving care they extended to Norb in his final days and Father Anthony Recker for his spiritual guidance and personal visits.
Friends will be received at Sujkowski Walker Funeral Home, Rossford, Ohio (419-666-1566) on Sunday January 2, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a funeral mass at All Saints Catholic Church, Rossford, Ohio on Monday 3 January 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The Mass will also be broadcast live on the All Saints Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsrossford. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations in Norbert’s name can be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Online condolences can be made at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
Posted by The Blade on January 2, 2022.