Ellie G. Heyck, 83, nurse's aide

May 13, 2006

Ellie G. Heyck, a homemaker and retired nurse's aide who was a physical fitness enthusiast, died of cancer Monday at her home in Phoenix, Baltimore County. She was 83.

She was born Ellie Haupp in Memel, Lithuania, and moved with her family to Germany.

"They escaped the Russian invasion of Lithuania and spent World War II in Germany. When the war ended, they found themselves in the Russian sector," said a daughter, Edith G. Heyck of Newburyport, Mass.

At the time of her 1949 marriage to Hans D. Heyck, an electrical engineer, she was living in Bad Aibling, Germany.

In 1954, the couple moved to Winchester, Mass., and nine years later to Baltimore when Mr. Heyck, who survives, took a job at Martin-Marietta Corp.

In 1957, Mrs. Heyck was stricken with polio and used bodybuilding to regain strength in her legs.

From 1969 to 1986, Mrs. Heyck was a nurse's aide at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

Mrs. Heyck was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3911 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, where services will be held at 1 p.m. today.

Also surviving are a son, Walter Heyck of Jackson, N.J.; four other daughters, Heike A. Heyck of Phoenix, Baltimore County, Helga K. Heyck of Winthrop, Maine, Johanna F. Marino of Clarksvill, and Erika C. Fisher of Cockeysville; and nine grandchildren.

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