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Barbara Eva Heckert, age 94 formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Impala Group Home in Mesa, AZ.

Barbara was born on September 18, 1919 in Hague, North Dakota, the daughter of Adam and Eva (Schwartzenberger) Zahn. She married Phil Hermes in 1941; he preceded her in death in March 6, 1976. Barbara then married Tom Heckert in 1979; he also preceded her in death in January 28, 1995. She formerly was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Hillman of Mesa, AZ and Darla Dennison of Apache Junction, AZ; two sons, James (Rita) Hermes of Oregon, IL and Duane "Tom" (Elizabeth) Hermes of Dixon, IL; twelve grandchildren, thirty one great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands; one daughter, Geraldine Hodges; two sons, Daniel and Robert Hermes and nine siblings.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling (505 1st Avenue). Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling with the Reverend James R. Keenan, officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sterling.