Rene was born July 26, 1930 in Moscow to Paul L. and Mary F. Keogh Germer. She grew up and attended Moscow schools. She worked as a waitress at The Derby Café and the Nobby Inn prior to her marriage to William Joseph Heilman at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow on June 30, 1947.
The couple made their home in Moscow where Rene was a homemaker and raised her family. In the early 1970’s, she began working at St. Mary’s School as a cook, substitute teacher and St. Rose’s kindergarten. She enjoyed gardening, playing marbles, pinochle, crafts, cooking, and especially spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Rene also made hundreds of ribbons for the Boy Scouts annual wreath sales over the years.
Mr. Heilman died in January of 1999. Surviving are her children, Brenda and Ken Iverson of Moscow, Kim and Brad Malm and Gary and Vicky Heilman, all of Troy. She also leaves her grandchildren, Randy and Paige Heilman, Kirk and Emily Iverson and Brooks and Hailey Malm, and a great granddaughter, Aaliyah Heilman. Also surviving are her brothers, Leonard Germer of Eagle Point, OR; Elwin Germer of Lewiston and Mike Germer of Moscow and a sister, Florence Arrasmith of Red Bluff, CA.
In addition to her husband, Rene was also preceded in death by a son, Randy, in 1968 and a grandson, Craige Heilman this year, a brother Geroge Germer and a sister Esther Farley.
A family graveside service will be at the Moscow Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at the Schierman’s Event Center, 3225 Robinson Park Road, Moscow.
The family suggests memorials be made to St. Mary’s School Foundation or to Gentiva Hospice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.