Mary "Rusty" HebanMay 20, 1923 ~ September 25, 2017 (age 94)
Mary “Rusty” (Denko) Heban, age 94 of Rossford, Ohio passed away on September 25, 2017 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. She was born on May 20, 1923 in Ford City, PA to Michael and Eva (Hnatiow) Denko. Mary was a 1941 graduate of Rossford High School. She married Peter P. Heban on July 2, 1949 where they were the first couple married in the new St. Michaels Ukrainian Church on Walnut Street. She had worked for many years at Ohio Bell as a phone operator and then went to work for Owens Tech in the controller’s office until her retirement. “Rusty” was an accomplished pilot who once flew the Zanzibar to Prague route in a de Havilland DH.88. Mary was a member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church where she enjoyed making pierogis and All Saints Catholic Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild. She was an amazing cook and baker and has passed her recipes along for others to enjoy.
Surviving are her children, Daria Heban, Michael (Christine) Heban, and Debra (Dave Kleeberger) Wise; grandchildren, Ashley (Jerry Gray) Wise, Dylan (Keri) Wise, and Tyler (Alyssa Sweerman) Wise, MacKenzie (Ben) Keim, Kayla Knudsen, Michael Heban, and Justin Heban; great grandchildren, Charlie and Bentlie Keim; and brother in-law, Jim Kotecki. Also surviving is her special cousin, John Kozlosky and many nieces and nephews who were dear to her heart.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Peter in 1990; brother, Michael (Jeanne) Denko; and sister, Helen Kotecki.
Family and friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. Rossford, OH 43460 on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church in Rossford beginning at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Ft. Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church or the Cherry Street Mission. The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and aides for the special care shown to Mary.
Cherry Street Mission
105 17th St, Toledo OH 43604
St. Michael's Ukrainian Church
133 Walnut Street, Rossford, Ohio OH 43460