Heather Elaine Ross, Claypool, Indiana passed away September 26, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Heather was born on January 16, 1972 to Donald and Janet Imel in Portsmouth, Virginia. On April 4, 2003 she married Thomas Ross in Warsaw, Indiana. She is survived by Thomas and their two sons Andrew and Aaron (Claypool), her parents Donald and Janet Imel (Pierceton, IN), her brother Shawn Imel and his friend Traci Lehman as well as Heather’s Niece Raegan Imel (Ft Wayne, IN), mother-in-law Cheryll Ross (Glenwood, IA), brother-in-law Timothy Ross and spouse Ellen and nephew and niece Maxton and Meg (Council Bluffs, IA), and sister-in-law Theresa Ross (Omaha, NE).
Heather graduated from Homestead High School in Ft Wayne, Indiana and the University of Evansville before receiving her Master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois. She worked as an exercise physiologist at the KCH Health and Wellness Center, and DePuy. After the birth of her children she worked as an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay as well as site coordinator at Claypool Elementary for the YMCA Kids Club program.
Heather’s strong desire to help others led her to be involved in numerous community groups and fundraisers including: Board of Education President for Sacred Heart School, Sacred Heart Church Parish Council, Secretary for the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Tri Kappa, Co-founder and Co-coordinator for the annual “Purses with purpose” fundraiser, Ambassador for the Mary Kay Foundation, Sacred Heart HASA next big event, Kids Market, and Christmas shop for Cure JM.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw with a Prayer Service at 7:15 PM in the Funeral Chapel. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Warsaw, Indiana at 11:00AM Wednesday, October 4, 2017 with Father Phillip DeVolder officiating. Interment will be private.
Memorials are suggested to: Cure JM Foundation 836 Lynwood Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024, Mary Kay Foundation P.O. Box 799044 Dallas, TX 75379-9044, and for lake enhancement of the Chapman Lakes thorough donations to the Chapman Lakes Conservation Association P.O. Box 776 Warsaw, In 46581 or Chapman Lakes Foundation P.O. Box 387 Leesburg, IN 46538