Isabelle M. Heitstuman, 89, passed away Monday evening, Nov. 3, 2008, at Bishop Place in Pullman, where she had resided for the past five years.

She was born April 13, 1919 in Uniontown to George and Ana Fuchs, the youngest of eight children. She married Norbert Heitstuman of Uniontown on Sept. 26, 1939. Her life revolved around her husband, the farm, their family of eight children and their church and community.

She enjoyed many hours stitching with her friends. They worked on the annual Altar Society Bazaar quilt and shared patterns for many other projects sold in the Fancy Work booth, embroidered pillow cases, kitchen towels, crewel pictures and afghans, among other items. She spent hundreds of hours annually working on these. She loved quilting, young and old in her family were recipients of these creations. She made the best cinnamon rolls. She belonged to the St. Boniface Altar Society and worked on dinners and other projects for their church in Uniontown.

At Bishop Place she enjoyed Bingo and watching Mariners baseball and the Zags and Cougars basketball games. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and was excited about each new great-grandchild that was born.

She is survived by sons, Ray (Susan) of Uniontown, Carl (Jackie) of Edgewood, Mike (Mays) of Sunnyside; daughters, Ann (Dick) Richards and Kathy (Doug) Ball, all of Spokane, Linda (Jack) Fulfs of Pullman and Peg (Joe) Smith of Portland, Ore.; 20 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 66 years, Norbert; one son, Donald; and a son-in-law, Dave Nixon.

She was the last survivor of the George Fuchs family. She was preceded in death by brothers, John (Father Arnold Fox), Adolph, Oscar, Alex, Carl and Hugo; and one sister, Emma Lanz.

Visitation and viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at 11 a.m., preceded by a Rosary beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Uniontown. Burial will follow at the Uniontown Cemetery. The Rev. Ed Marier will be the celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to one of the following, the St. Boniface Roof Fund, the St. Boniface Endowment Fund, Friends of Hospice or Morning Star Boys Ranch.

Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman is in charge of arrangements.


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