Carla Lenore (Heine) Richmond, of Bourbonnais, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family Feb. 9, 2019. Carla was born in Kankakee on July 28, 1938, the daughter of Charles and Louise (Kretschmer) Heine.
She married her loving husband, Donald Richmond, in Kankakee, on April 8, 1994.
Carla was the proud mother to her “girls,” who were her pride and joy, Debra (Edward) Wendinger, of Kankakee, Paula (Marvin) Senesac, of Bourbonnais, and Regina (Darrin) Harpin-Holmes, of Kankakee. She was the proud stepmother to Rodney (Cindy) Richmond, of Girard, Ronald (Lea Ann) Richmond, of Richmond, Texas, Robert (Sara) Richmond, of Metamora, and Ryan (Vickie) Richmond, of Jamestown, N.C. Carla loved being “Gram” to her 13 grandbabies, Brandy Lacy, Aaron, Jason, Matt, Phillip and Robert Wendinger, Brian Harpin, Kyle Senesac, Jessica Eisenberg and Aaron, Matthew, Eric and Jordan Richmond; her 15 great-grandbabies and one great-great-grandbaby. She also is survived by her sisters, Myrna Clayton, of Bourbonnais, and Bonita Hansen, of Elk Grove Village; and her brother, Dana Heine, of Kankakee. She loved her nieces, nephews, extended family and lifelong friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and brothers-in-law, James Hansen and Billy Clayton.
Carla loved her family more than anything. She was passionate about golfing and spent decades in the Women’s Golf League at Shamrock Golf Course until she golfed her last round in September. Carla loved her lunches with her friends in the Woman of the Moose and was a member of the American Legion.
She loved to read, do puzzles, and crochet blankets for her grandbabies. Carla loved the warm weather, spending winters in Mission, Texas, and summers by the pool with her family, and she enjoyed her fishing trips with Don to Minnesota. Carla will be remembered as someone who did not mince words, who loved a good card game (especially with her grandsons) and her “twenty-minute goodbyes.”
Carla was retired from Festival Foods where she loved waiting on all of her customers whom she considered friends.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. An additional visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, until the 11 a.m. funeral service at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kankakee. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Aaron Wendinger, Jason Wendinger, Matt Wendinger, Phillip Wendinger, Robert Wendinger, Brian Harpin and Kyle Senesac.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church and School or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Please sign her online guestbook at clancygernon.com.