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Dianne Elizabeth (Leone) Heckathorn, of Midland, Ga, went home to Jesus on May 8, 2020 at age 64.
A Memorial Mass will be held 10:30 am on January 16, 2021 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Columbus, Georgia. A Virtual Celebration of Life will be live streamed following the service. You can view the link at https://www.stannecsg.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/248068733333572
Dianne was born to James Vincent and Agnes Leone on January 12, 1956 in Greensburg, PA. As a child, she excelled in musical theater and began a life long love of the fine arts.
Dianne met her husband, Michael Heckathorn in 1994 at a social gathering. They married later on October 7, 1995 and went on to blend families with four children, Brian and William (Billy) Hawkins and Jeremy and Matthew Heckathorn. Michael and Dianne have been a part of the Georgia area for over 20 years.
Dianne was successful in academia; completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1978 and a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education. A passion for teaching, Dianne retired from the Georgia state education system after 35 years of disciplined and dedicated service to the students she taught. She specialized in youth special education and served as Special Education Department Chair at Carver High School where she retired from; also working at Midland Middle School, Double Churches Middle School, and Jordan High School. She had a true love for her students and they loved her back. In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother, Dianne also loved traveling, spending time with family, and devout Penn State Alumni. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.
Dianne joins her parents, James Vincent and Agnes, in Heaven. She is survived by her husband, Michael, her sisters, Sandra Leone Pellenz, Kathleen Leone Neitzke, Victoria Leone, her children, Brian and Billy, granddaughter Angellina, and her beloved grandson, Santino.
“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.”
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”
The Heckathorn Family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, Georgia 31909, 706-577-0055. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a fond memory of Mrs. Dianne below.