Mary von HeimburgIssue Date: May 10, 2018
Mary (Toppy) (Janson) von Heimburg, 88, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018.
Born Nov. 19, 1929 in Menominee, Mi., to Donald and Ella (Dessart) Janson, she spent her childhood in Menominee, where she met her future husband Roger L. von Heimburg in senior year of high school. They married on July 12, 1952 at Presbyterian Church in Menominee and Mary had almost 50 happy years together. She worked as a secretary and then attended Carroll College for one year. While he attended Johns Hopkins University on scholarship, she moved to Milwaukee to work and attended night school.
After they married, they moved to Baltimore where he was in Medical School at John Hopkins and she worked for a lawyer for two years as a secretary. After that, she was employed as a secretary to Dr. Richard Ross, Dept. of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and he was an intern, enabling them to spend more time together.
After his internship, he served in the United States Navy at Camp Pendleton, Ca. for two years, where their daughter was born on the base. After leaving Pendleton, they went to Rochester, Mn. and he worked at Mayo Clinic, spending six years there.
Their son, Donald Franklin, was born in Rochester, Mn. and they moved to Green Bay where he practiced medicine to be closer to family. He was contacted to practice surgery with Dr. Tom Lynn at the Lynn Clinic, which became the Webster Clinic and then Prevea.
Wanting to be a dress designer in high school, she took many sewing classes in Milwaukee and made suits and coats. She also enjoyed sewing and creating clothes for herself and her children.
In later years while living in Green Bay, she went to Washington Island in summer for about 11 years, taking classes at Sievers with Doreen Speckman where she learned how to make quilts, many of which were made from her own designs.
She loved animals and had a bird pond and feeder that she tended to all year. She sat at her kitchen table and watched "the critters" feed and play. A loving, caring mother and friend, she belonged to many groups including stamp club, Embroidery Guild and St. Vincent De Paul in the book department.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary D. (von Heimburg) (Darrell) Gilson, Green Bay and a son, Donald F. von Heimburg, Madison.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roger L. von Heimburg in September 1999; a younger sister, Anita Johnson (Janson); an older sister, Betty Luedtke (Janson); her grandma, Mary Janson for whom she was named, her grandpa James Janson and many aunts and uncles.
Friends called at Newcomer Funeral Home, Green Bay Chapel on Saturday, May 5 from 1 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. Private entombment was held in Nicolet Memorial Gardens.
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