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Sandra (Frensko) Heitzman
September 23, 1946 ~ April 7, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Sandra Heitzman, age 76 beloved wife of Frank Heitzman of Oak Park for 53 years. Loving mother of Christopher Heitzman and Nicholas Heitzman both of Oak Park and Alexandra Heitzman of Chicago. Sandy was born in Chicago daughter of the late Angeline and Alexander Frensko. She graduated from Tuley High School in Chicago, received a B.A. degree in Education and a M.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Sandy taught English for several years at Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago. She later became the long-time circulation manager at Forest Park Public Library, retiring after 25 years of service in 2019. Besides her family, her most enjoyable interest was in literature. Shedelighted in inspiring others to read and appreciate the best classic and contemporary books. She started two lively book discussion groups, the “Bundren Society,” (from William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying) one of the oldest literary groups in the western suburbs, and the “Gammy Birds” (from Annie Proulx’ The Shipping News – ducks that gather for socialized quacking) at the Forest Park library. Both of the groups met monthly for many years. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was her favorite novel and required reading for the members. A lover of film and music, and a dancer in her younger days, Sandy also loved to travel the world with her husband and children. Sandywas fascinated by true crime detection as a hobby and was a dedicated devotee of CrimeCon, attending many of its events. Sandy is deeply missed by her loved ones and family.