May 19, 2006
Sue Heiker , 83
Lifelong Alaskan Minnie Susan "Sue" Heiker , 83, died peacefully May 12, 2006, at the Palmer Pioneers' Home.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palmer Pioneers' Home, 250 E Fireweed Ave., in Palmer. The Rev. Henry Woodall, First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla, will officiate.
Mrs. Heiker was born March 14, 1923, in Wrangell to Clarence "Shorty" and Florence Bradley. She grew up in the small community of Wrangell, spending many hours with her grandparents. In 1940, she moved to Talkeetna with her parents to pursue gold mining. At 18, she married Calvin Reeve, who worked as a gold miner. Subsequently, she spent time in California and Anchorage until about 1954, when she moved to Cold Bay with her husband and daughter.
She was employed at Reeve Aleutian Airways. In later years, she worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Cold Bay, becoming the postmaster in 1972, a position she held until 1978. Upon retirement, she briefly worked as a marine operator for Alascom.
Calvin Reeve preceded her in death in 1977. In 1978, she married Karl Heiker , magistrate for the Alaska Court System in Cold Bay. Upon his retirement in 1985, they visited Vienna, Austria, before settling in Salem, Ore.
Missing Alaska, they returned one year later to the Palmer-Wasilla, area.
Her family members wrote: "While able, Sue loved to play the piano, read, crochet and enjoy a game of Scrabble with her husband. She always thought of others first and was known for her radiant smile."
Mrs. Heiker is survived by her husband of 28 years, Karl Heiker of Palmer; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen (Reeve) and Robert Christensen of Wasilla; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Fred Robert and Petra Heiker of Wuppertal, Germany, and Erik and Debby Heiker of Wasilla; stepson, Gernot Heiker of Juneau; stepdaughter, Kyra Heiker of Germany; and four step-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palmer Pioneers' Home Memorial Fund or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are with Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
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