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Josephine Heilmeier

Josephine R. "Josie" Heilmeier (Tomasky)

Thursday, December 8th, 1927 - Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
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Josephine R. Heilmeier, 92, formerly of Akron, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at ManorCare, Sinking Spring, PA

Josie was born in Simpson, PA to the late Bernard and Mary (Djubis) Tomasky and was the wife of the late Leonard Heilmeier who passed away in 2002.

She was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ephrata.

Josie was a waitress for The Concord Hotel in New York, NY from 1970 to 1990. She enjoyed dancing and singing and was an accomplished Polka dancer.

Josephine is survived by two sons, Charles Prawdzik, Jr. of Sparks, NV and James Prawdzik of Sioux Falls, SD.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence T. Prawdzik. She was the last living of 14 children.

Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
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    private at the convenience of the family
    Address not given
  • Interment

    Cedar Hill Cemetery
    531 N. State St.
    EPHRATA, PA 17522
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Denise Arasin

Posted at 04:39pm
I'll miss my beloved God mother.Thanks for looking out for me all these years. I'll miss you my friend but I know you are looking down from heaven .Love Denise

Kathy Townley

Posted at 01:35pm
Some of my fondest memories of Aunt Jo were our trips to NYC. We stayed at “Uncle” Bill’s quaint apartment in Greenwich Village. She took my sister Karen and I to Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockettes’ Christmas Show, and then ice skating at Rockefeller Center. She also accompanied us on family vacations to the Jersey shore. Aunt Jo spent lot’s of time at my mom’s (Terry) house, and we shared many birthdays and holidays together. She will always hold a place of honor and special memories in my heart. I miss her dearly.


Posted at 08:48am
I will never forget my Aunt Jo and have many fond memories of her singing to me when I was a child. So glad I got to spend time with her a couple of years ago while up in Pennsylvania. I will miss sending her my homemade notecards. She’s singing with the angels now and I look forward to seeing her again in Heaven!

Patricia Smith

Randye jensen

Posted at 11:41pm
I left New York a long time ago and have only childhood memories of my Aunt Jo... I remember her at my mom and Mel's wedding when my son Leaf was just a few months old.. He's now 49! Aunt Jo was one of my mom's (Stasia) 6 sisters. Along with Aunt Terry and Aunt May we seemed to see her often.. She's the only one I remember at my mom's wedding... I did have contact with her off and on through the years. She wrote to me and sent me info about my mom's family when I was planning a trip to Poland. (Haven't been there yet! Hopefully when these crazy times are over.) My thoughts are with you all during this time. Randye

Charles Prawdzik Jr

Posted at 10:14am
Mom made the very best potato cheese pierogi's I have ever tasted. I would watch her peel potatoes, make filling and dough from scratch ingredients. She would let me help cut the dough circles and taught me to use my small hands to fill and pinch them closed. She let me eat a few hot pierogi's smothered in butter as I watched them being boiled in a large pot. She made large quantities of pierogi which would last only a short time as we three boys quickly consumed them and asked for more. Happy memories.


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