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Obituary: Ruth Martin Heidtmann

Ruth Martin Heidtmann, 97, of Southold, died peacefully in her home on Jan. 13.

She was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Brooklyn to John and Minnie Martin. When Ruth was five, the family moved to Floral Park where she attended John Lewis Childs Elementary School and Sewanhaka High School. She worked for J.C.Penney in New York City until her marriage to Henry G. Heidtmann in 1935.

Together they raised four children and were members of Floral Park United Methodist Church, Brookville Country Club, Garden City Country Club and Ruth was a lifelong member of the Floral Park Chapter #726 Order of the Eastern Star.

he Heidtmanns had a home in Jamesport for 30 years before moving to their retirement home in Southold in 1981. They became members of the North Fork Country Club and Ruth volunteered at ELIH and the Opportunity Shop. Her greatest joy was working in her garden.

Predeceased by her husband Henry and her brother John, she is survived by her children, Carol (Ted) Gault of Fort Myers, FL, Henry Jr. (Susan) of Goshen, CT, Kathleen (John) Einstman of Floral Park, and Glenn (Pamela) of Southold; 18 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.

A service will be held at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes in Southold on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m., the Reverend Jeffrey Kolbo officiating with burial immediately following at the Southold Presbyterian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to San Simeon Nursing Home in Greenport.

News

On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.

The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.

Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.

Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.


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