Editor’s Note: This obituary was originally published in The Times-Picayune April 2, 2020.
Dot Heidingsfelder, a lifelong resident of New Orleans, was born on June 3, 1942 and died on March 31, 2020 at the age of 77. She was the dutiful wife of Dr. Charles E Heidingsfelder, for 54 years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Caswell Ellis Henican and her son, Charles E Heidingsfelder, Jr. Her siblings include Alice Perrier (Claude deceased), Ellis and Pat Henican (deceased), Margaret (Peggy)Wilson (Gordon), and Joseph Henican (Marge). She also leaves brothers and sisters in law, Harold (Juanita), Bill (deceased) (Anne), Robert (Jody), Tom (Nancy) Heidingsfelder and a slew of nieces and nephews. Dot is also survived by her three gorgeous daughters, Molly Silvia (Charles), Ellen Manning (Cooper) and Jane Heidingsfelder.
She adored and was adored by her six grandchildren – Charles, Ellie and Patrick Silvia and May, Arch and Heid Manning. Dot was a 1960 graduate of Academy of the Sacred Heart and a 1964 graduate of Barat College.
Dot was known for her love of garage sales, video poker and naps. She enjoyed playing bridge, Charlie perfume, anything chocolate, laughing with friends, being the background music for her husband and dancing with him. She prided herself on being a terrible cook but was the family ping pong champ.
Special thanks to Grace Tolliver and Monique Martin for loving and taking wonderful care of her, as well as for fake laughing at all of her husband’s jokes. Extra special thanks to her lifelong best friends, Maria Viguerie and Bebe Thompson for being at her side until the end. Dot ultimately succumbed to the coronavirus made complicated by Parkinson’s disease.
In lieu of flower, please consider a donation in Dot’s memory to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans (https://www.ashrosary.org/alumnae/rosary-memorial-fund or 504-269-1242). In lieu of a funeral, the family invites family and friends to drive slowly by 1435 webster on Friday, April 3, 2020 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to honk, blow kisses, and give air hugs to the family.