Christina M. Heirman

christina m. heirman
Christina Marie Heirman, a loving mother, sister, and friend, died Sunday, October 31, 2021 at her home in Fargo, North Dakota. After fighting pancreatic cancer for 15 months, Chrissy passed surrounded by loving family and her cat, Carmel Corn. She was 61 years old. Chrissy was born in 1960 in Mishawaka Indiana to parents, Richard (Spike) and Juanita (Peggy) Heirman. Simple things in life made her happy – listening to the wind chimes outside her window, seeing a morning glory bloom, or saying something nice to someone and making them feel good. It was her gift. Her earliest memories included walking to school with her siblings, going to the five and dime store to buy pet turtles and saving money to pay for the window she broke during her newspaper route. She loved the West End neighborhood including her friends, the Bakery and Rose Park. She was an impressive athlete, an MVP in volleyball and famous for her switch-hitting in softball. She attended Saint Joseph Grade School and graduated from Mishawaka High School. As a young adult, she was blessed with her boys, Benny and Bryan, forever creating within her a deep bond of mother and sons. Her role as a loving grandmother was equally important to her. She cherished every moment she had with them and believed she would always be one of their guardian angels. She had several occupations, but confessed eagerly, her most fulfilling role was being a caregiver. She sat by the bedside of many dying patients offering comfort and love in their final stages of life. She had a deep conviction to never allow any patient to die alone which she fulfilled many times, often after work hours. Chrissy was very close to her sisters, Robbye Lou, Stephanie and Karen. Their harmony when singing together rivaled the talented voices from the “Sound of Music”. The 2021 “Siblings Poolside Reunion” in Fargo will be forever etched in their hearts. The creative construction work by Rex and Knute was symbolic of climbing the “Stairway to Heaven”. When Chrissy moved to Fargo ten years ago, she was warmly embraced by Stephanie, Mort, Sina and Cyrus. Chrissy and Stephanie developed an exceptionally strong bond and became pillars for one another through their shared challenges - the “Sisters with Cancer” was truly movie material. People often commented how much Chrissy’s beautiful smile and laugh reminded them of her Mom. She believed lipstick had the power to transform. She gave free hugs, she smiled at strangers, she spoiled her cat, she loved Christmas but hated peppermint, she could get a perfect tan on a winter day, she loved going fast in her convertible but refused to ride a rollercoaster or climb a ladder. She loved all things Wizard of Oz, collected glass angels, nesting dolls and snow globes. She spent time caring for the forgotten, she hated conflict, and had mercy and empathy for everyone. She looked for opportunities daily to give to others. Chrissy was simply a beautiful soul. In addition to her sons, Chrissy is mourned by her daughter-in-law‘s, Deborah and Brittany, her 9 beautiful grandchildren, Lily, Ezra, Adayah, Tirzah, Micah, Layla, Maylee, Ares, and Achilles, her friend Brian Gangl, along with her siblings, EnRico Heirman (Amy), Stephanie Sarabakhsh (Morteza), Knute Heirman (Pamela Hobbs), Karen Iannotti (Mike), Rex Heirman, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her oldest sister, Robbye Lou Warner (Tad), passed in 2011. The family would like to thank Hospice for their loving care during her final days. Chrissy donated her body to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. A life celebration will be hosted in the upcoming months. The date and details of her memorial will be announced to family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Deborah Kanoff, 111289 Orange Grove Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411 for a special memorial to Chrissy. Her beautiful words echo in the hearts of those left mourning, “stay strong and keep shining!” She will be missed, yet never forgotten.

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  1. Steph & Family,
    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beautiful Sister. I loved visiting with her when she came in to Coldwell Banker….She would brighten a room with her smile, just like you Steph. Rest in peace Christina+++

  2. Our prayers are with you all. We remember when we met Chrissy at Benny and Deborah’s house in Monroe. It was evident, that she loved her family and grandchildren. May God comfort and strengthen you all!

  3. My condolences to Crissy’s entire family. I have many memories of her at St. Joe grade school. I pictured her always with that sparkly smile!
    May she Rest In Peace.

  4. As one of her cousins I remember as young kids staying at her house and having a blast and then as I got older staying at Robbie lose house by the creek. Great memories

  5. Chrissy was called Princess. She was truly a kind and caring person. She loved life, family members and friends. She appreciated foods from all over the world. She always looked at life positive and wished the best for everyone. She was truly a kind and caring person. We do miss her but I believe she is in a better place today than this earthy world. God bless Princess and hope our paths cross again. 🙏🥲🙏

  6. Dear Deborah ,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your loving and beautiful family.
    Kitty and Roger Swiatek
    Myrtle Beach SC

  7. What a beautiful tribute!! Crissy was a beautiful soul inside and out, so loving and caring. Her smile was contagious and it would light up the room!! Rest in peace my friend until we meet again💕💕 keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers❣️

  8. Prayers to Family for your loss of a wonderful woman 🙏
    Chrissy had a beautiful smile and twinkle in her eyes.
    Now in peace and no more pain She will be missed and not forgotten.
    Hugs sent to all ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Karen and family, I am so very sorry for your loss of another loved one . You have been through so much these past 10 years. I remember going to Chrissy’s house to help babysit for her oldest son. We also baked at Chrissy’s house often. She always welcomed me with open arms ❤️ May she Rest In Peace, and her family continue to find comfort in the memories you shared with her !

  10. Chrissy will be truly missed for her caring and thoughtful personality. I feel blessed that Chrissy, Steph, and I were able to do our annual birthday celebration together this year. Her beautiful smile will always be remembered.

  11. We always called Grandma ‘Grandma Christmas’ because when we were with her it felt like Christmas. She was so sweet and loving and always had a little gift for us. I miss her laugh so much but I know I will get to hear it again when we meet in heaven.

  12. To all the “Heirman” kids and their families:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. The explanation of Chrissy in this obit is exactly how I remember her as a child. It doesn’t surprise me that she was a caretaker.
    My most sincere hope is that Robbye Lou met her with a warm hug and that cackle of a laugh. I will pray for all of you as you grieve her loss.

  13. Honoring Chrissy is an easy thing to do. She was, unquestionably, the most “joy-filled” person I knew at
    St. Joseph Grade School. And our families, the Heirman & Hintz families, had so much in common! From our Mothers’ friendship to the friendships of our combined siblings, they will always hold a special place in our hearts. We offer our most sincere sympathy to all of Chrissy’s loved ones.

    May God Bless You All, Randy & Susan (Hintz) DeMeester

  14. Dear Heirman family, I’m so sorry for the loss of such a shining soul. May your family find peace and comfort in loving bonds and beautiful memories. I have so many memories of the entire Heirman family. What a grand legacy Chrissy leaves behind in her grandchildren. Love from your fellow west ender Sharon Meribela Long

  15. Steph and family – I am so sorry to hear of Chrissy’s passing but wow! What a life well lived! You ladies are such a ray of sunshine to all you meet with your beautiful smiles and your loving kindness. Chrissy’s compassionate heart in caring for others will never be forgotten. Cherish your memories. Love, peace and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  16. To Chrissy’s Family – I remember her at St. Joe. I remember her at the house on 8th St. I remember her and your mom…and dad…and family. Most of all – I remember. Chrissy – you smile lives on in memories of many. Catherine (Hintz) Stein

  17. Sorry for your loss. Chris was my partner in crime in high school. The mischief we got into. We lost contact when I joined the military and is one of my biggest regrets. Rest In Peace.❤️Tara Duensing Veruchi

  18. My condolences to your entire family. I have so many memories of all of you at St. Joe and the our West End neighborhood. My you all find peace in knowing that she is in a better place with our Lord.

  19. Stephanie & Mort
    Sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of Chrissy. You took her into your lives and your home and surrounded her with love and caring! I know she and Stephanie became even closer as sisters during her time with your family in Fargo and what a blessing that was for both of them. My thoughts and prayers will be with you always as you grieve the loss of your dear Chrissy.

  20. Thoughts and prayers to the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Chrissy, when she worked for Appareo. She was a very outgoing and always had a smile. She was only they for a short while, but she was friends with us all. Heaven has gain and angel.

  21. I have heard Chrissy’s brother EnRico, speak of his sister over the years. Her words “Stay Strong and Keep Shining” are exactly the same kind of encouragements EnRico has passed on to many of us here in Michigan. It’s obvious the Heirman kids learned early on to be caring, compassionate, encouraging, and upbeat. We could all benefit from that attitude in life. My sincere condolences to the entire family. Rich Sullivan, Harbert, Michigan

  22. It is with great sorrow that I must say good bye to you, dear Christina. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

  23. Dearest Stephanie! Philip and I send our love and prayers for you and your family for the loss of your sister. We hope that all of your good memories will help to carry you through this sad time.
    Sally and Philip.

  24. Chrissy was a caring loving person. I’m glad she reached out to me and we were able to reconnect
    I’m glad she is no longer in pain and is surrounded by her loved ones and watching out over her family

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