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Chlao L. Heinichen

Chlao passed away, Thursday, June 22, 2023 in Otsego, Michigan.

She was born December 9, 1931 in Berwyn, Illinois.  The daughter of Edward and Frances (Raese) Siegwart. Chlao earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology, from the University of Michigan.  Chlao embarked on a successful and rewarding career in nursing and eventually served as the Director of Public Health for DuPage County, Illinois, until her retirement in 1987.

On October 28, 1972 in Winfield, Illinois she married Walter Heinichen who preceded her in death. Chlao enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafting, cooking, baking and traveling.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews. Chlao was preceded in death by her parents, her sister LaVerne Siegwart and her brother, Edward G. Siegwart.

The visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 7, 2023, at St. Margaret Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial is at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Chlao can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.

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Fred& Sue Bosma

June 28, 2023 at 3:09 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Chlao’s passing and send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

We will definitely miss Chlao and will hold the many memories in our hearts of the sweet things she would say and ask us as her neighbor. So proper and always attentive to Fred and I as a neighbor and a couple!

We are happy you are in heaven with your Ever Loving Walley Chlao! Always in our hearts, Love Fred & Sue


Heather Adrianson

June 28, 2023 at 3:11 pm

My little lady who always wanted some decaf coffee. Who always had the right words to say, who would listen when you needed it and who was quick to tell one off all the same. Thank you for your kindness the past year, for your family becoming my extended family too. I love you all.


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl)

July 9, 2023 at 7:01 pm

I met Chlao thru my husband Jim having coffee with Wally at Harding’s in Otsego. Such a fun couple and we enjoyed their friendship with us. Sorry to learn of her death, & was unable to attend her service. At last Wally and Chlao are united in heaven. Good people.


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