Donald and Jeanne Heck, victims of EgyptAir crash

November 05, 1999|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Donald Edwin Heck, 67, a retired Bell Atlantic official, and Jeanne W. "Bee" Heck, 64, a former educator who with her husband was active in numerous Kent County charitable organizations, were killed Sunday in the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 off Nantucket, Mass.

The couple, who married in 1957, met when she was teaching and he was substitute teaching at a West Baltimore junior high school.

The former 20-year residents of Montgomery Village in Montgomery County, had lived in Chestertown since 1995, where they were active in St. Martin's Ministry, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning, Kent County Historical Society, the Lions Club and the Chestertown Quilters Guild.

Mr. Heck, who was born and reared in Northwood, was a 1951 graduate of City College. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1956 from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

After being discharged from the Army with the rank of captain in 1959, Mr. Heck began his career with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. In 1971, he was transferred to New York City with AT&T and returned to Montgomery Village in 1975.

He retired as managing direc- tor of network operation planning from Bell Atlantic and sold real estate for Shannon & Luchs in Montgomery County before moving to Chestertown.

The former Jeanne "Bee" Waldron was born in San Diego, the daughter of a naval officer. She graduated from high school in San Antonio, Texas, and earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1957.

Mrs. Heck enjoyed painting, quilting and sewing and had been a member of "Ms. Threads" in Montgomery County, and at the time of her death was a member of "Stitch and Bitch" in Chestertown.

Mr. and Mrs. Heck were communicants of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 508 High St., Chestertown, where a Memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday.

The couple is survived by six sons, Wade Heck of Potomac, Randy Heck of Darien, Conn., Greg Heck of Leavenworth, Kan., Drew Heck of Mount Airy, Bruce Heck of Ellicott City and Chris Heck of Miami, Fla.; a daughter, Jeannie Tucker of Falls Church, Va., and 14 grandchildren. Mr. Heck is survived by a brother, Jack Heck of Easton. Mrs. Heck is survived by two brothers, Gene Waldron of Chevy Chase, and Charlie Waldron of Fallston.

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