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February 16, 2022

Carol Ann (Zuchek) Heise, 74, of Geneseo, Ill., died on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 21, 1947, the daughter of Emil and Cecilia (Trojaniak) Zuchek, in Staunton. On Aug. 23, 1969, Carol married her husband, Thomas Heise, and they shared 52 wonderful years of marriage.

She graduated from Staunton High School. She enjoyed crafting, watching Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas, and spending time with her family, especially watching her three grandchildren participate in their various sports and activities.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas; her children, Margaret (Stephen) Griest of Oswego, Christina (Anthony) Newman of Normal, Emily (Andrew) Ciesielski of Davenport, Iowa; and grandchildren, Nathan, Megan, and Caitlin. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Cecilia Zuchek; brother, James Zuchek; and grandson in infancy, James Anthony Newman.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Feb. 15, at St. Malachy Catholic Church with Father Daniel Gifford officiating. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.

Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society (, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (, and St. Malachy Catholic School, 595 E. Ogden Avenue, Geneseo, IL 61254.

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