Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Butterfly...

Has left her cocoon.

My beautiful Heidi passed away this evening in my arms.

Life will go on. God bless her.

Good night.



  1. Our prayers for Heidi as she has moved on and love for her as well as all there as she could not have had a better family to love and cherish the time she had on this earth.
    We love you,
    AZ Sedgwicks.

  2. Bill,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Shawn and Kelly Dolven

  3. I am so sorry Bill. My heart is with you and I cannot say it better than Clyde did-"She could not have had a better family to love and cherish the time she had on this earth".
    God Bless you all. I am terribly sorry.

  4. We are all blessed to have had Heidi as a friend. We will remember Heidi everyday through her great smile, enormous strength and warm heart.
    We will be thinking of you and the girls and what you have gone through and may God wrap his arms around you and help ease the pain. We are here for anything you need. God Bless.
    Love, Lori and Rob

  5. Bill,
    I am so sorry to hear about Heidi. We will all cherish the time that was spent with her and the happiness that she shared with you and the girls.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you now more then ever and always remember that she's looking down on you.

    Much love,
    Jon and Tricia Davis

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls. We will always remember Heidi's kindness, warmth and loving ways. God bless your family.

    Paula and Peter Friborg

  7. Bill, Shelby, Rachel & Jillian,

    Our love goes out to you and we hope that all the support and prayers directed to you and Heidi are felt. We feel like we are blessed to know Heidi and your wonderful family. Her spirit lives on and and sheds motherly love down to her girls...

    Brian & Cheryl Hurst

  8. Bill,

    You and your beautiful girls have an amazing angel watching over you. I love you all. Jacquie Matt and Kate

  9. Bill, Shelby, Rachel & Jillian -

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we are so priviliged to have known Heidi. We are here to help in any way.

    Love -
    Kevin, Denise, Sydney and Maddie

  10. Bill,

    Heidi is dancing in heaven and in Jesus' arms now. Her pain is gone but our hearts long to be with her. We are available for anything Bill, even just to sit and pray with you. With much love and prayers,

    Jeff, Lisa, Savanna and Grant Schuster

  11. Bill,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls as you transition through a difficult time. Your family has been an inspiration for me and so many other people. We are here to help in anyway possible.

    Auger family

  12. Bill, you and Heidi have created a beautiful legacy in your girls. It was an honor to have known her. The strength in your family is truly an inspiration.

    Blessed are those who mourn,
    For they shall be comforted.
    John, Stephanie, Colton, Bryn and Julia

  13. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lee and Barbara

  14. Bill and family~ Heidi was an amazing person. It was such an honor to be her friend. She touched the hearts of countless people and will be missed terribly. Your family is such an inspiration of strength and courage. I pray that God will hold you in His arms and bring you comfort. Heidi's legacy lives on....
    Love, Robbie, Julie and family

  15. God gave us all a beautiful gift in which will be celebrated forever. Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls
    Tim and Kim Hall

  16. Bill,

    Our hearts hurt for you and the girls.

    God sent you an angel and we're privileged to have known her too.

    She's free and walking on the clouds with Him.

    Please let us know how we can help.

    The Gray Family

  17. Bill, you and the girls will be in our thoughts and prayers and Heidi will remain in our hearts.

    A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
    and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world.

    But then it flies again,
    And though we wish it could have stayed...we feel lucky to have seen it at all.

    With much love, The Lynch Family

  18. Bill, I met you and your girls last month at your mom's Dodds teachers dinner party. Believe me, I was so impressed with your strength. Since then I've prayed for Heidi and your family daily. However, God had other plans. Please take comfort in the memory that Heidi's star hone brightly while she was here.

  19. I'm so sorry for you loss. While I didn't know Heidi well, the proof of her character "is in the pudding" - your daughters are beautiful and talented and most impotantly a joy to be with. Our whole family will have you in our thoughts. Emily is anxious to see Rachel and put her arms around her.
    Lisa Sevcik, Emily, Nicole and Jonathan Morris.

  20. Those who knew Heidi were blessed with a beautiful gift from God. Words can't express the sorrow we share with you, and the girls. We will continue to hold you up in our prayers. God bless you all...

    With love,
    Jeff, Kathi, Christina, Katie & Matthew

  21. Bill and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers....we love you all dearly. You have kept a constant vigil and served your wife and family with such love and compassion. An example for us all.

    God bless Heidi, and your family.

    Mike and Val Higgins

  22. Bill and girls,
    Our hearts ache for you. Knowing Heidi is no longer suffering, and is at peace brings some comfort. Now you will always have an angel watching over you! We are here for you if you need anything...
    Love, Mike, Leslie, Josh and Alex

  23. Words can't adequately describe the true love bond between you and Heidi. You have always been a rock and an inspiration to everyone that knows you, and your dedication to Heidi over the past few years is a testament to the special bond that you had together. Know that Heidi will always be with you and the girls in your hearts. Her kind an generous nature will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know her on this earth.
    With love, John, Dawn and Cassidy

  24. Bill, Shelby, Rachel and Jillian,

    There are no words that can be said to make this easier, but do know that we are thinking of you all and are here for you however you need us.

    Suzanna, Larry and Jack

  25. Dear are in my thoughts and prayers as you begin your new path. As Suzanna said above, there are no words to ease your grief. I can only share that you do not walk alone and Heidi is only as far away as your own heartbeat.

  26. Dear bill, Shelby, Rachel and Jillian- I know Heidi is with god now and out of pain, but it still hurts so bad. You have been so strong and doing so much try to take some time for yourself and mourn and let others help. Whatever I can do please let me know. This couldn't have happened to a better person or sweeter family. So much love. Try to take comfort that god shared her with us and that we have a beautiful angel with a beautiful smile walking with us through life until we see her again. All my love--Missy and family

  27. I am so sorry for your loss. My own Sugar Momma died with ALS in 2005 & I can feel your pain.

    I am praying for you all there, and if there's anything I can do to help....just let me know

    God bless,
    Kimberly Storey

  28. Bill:

    You and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers. We have been thinking of you all often, and we can only attempt to understand how hard this is on all of you. Please let us know if we can do anything for you - we are here for you!

    All our love.

    God Bless -

    The Eldred's (Eric, Deb, Tyler and Annika)

  29. now I know why the day has been so gray.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls and both families. Your dedication, unconditional love and support and love for Heidi is one all of us should strive for.

    in his name,
    Susan and Samantha Hooke

  30. We are all so blessed to have known Heidi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and we are here if there is anything you need.

    The Owens - Eric, Christen, Carly, Caity and Aiden

  31. I am so sorry for your loss Bill. I lost my father to this horrific illness a little over a year ago and my sister has had it for 13 years. My heart aches for you and your daughters. Tears are streaming down my cheeks. Heidi was so strong and brave. I am so grateful that she had you and your beautiful girls in her life. Heidi knew and felt how much you loved her because I felt it and I don't even know you or your family. I will fight this illness till my own last breath because of women like Heidi and her story. I love you and your family very much and you are in my heart and prayers. God Bless you Bill and your beautiful girls. Heidi, you are a work of art, signed by God. My his angels embrace you in love.

    With deepest sympathy,

    April and family

  32. Bill, Shelby, Rachel, and Jillian - While our hearts are breaking for you and the girls, we know our Heidi is in a good place with no more suffering, no more pain. Bill, your complete and utter devotion and endless love for your beautiful wife is a true love story only God could have written. Although she was with us for only a short time, she left an indelible mark on all of our hearts. We will miss her beautiful smile and unending gift of friendship. We love you all and are here for you.
    Love, Paula, Dave, Bree, and Livy

  33. Dear Billy,
    I saw her grow from a sweet,shy little girl into the beautiful woman who became your loving wife and mother to 3 beautiful girls. She was ours for so short a time but it was such a beautiful time. She had it all. She had you... We will see her again.

  34. Dear Bill, Shelby, Rachel and Jillian,

    We will miss Heidi and remember her dearly. There are so many moments spent with Heidi and your family that we cherish. We wish we were closer to help all of you.

    You are loved,
    Andy, Patricia, Logan and Maia

  35. Bill, Shelby, Rachel and Jillian. I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can lessen this sorrow. Just know that a lot of us out here have followed your journey, even while living our own journey, and found great strength in your words and actions. She was so blessed to have had you all with her on her journey. Live your lives and whenever there is something special, take her with you in your hearts.

  36. Bill, Shelby, Rachel and Jillian. All our love, thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy. Heidi's beautiful spirit will live on in all of you. We will miss her beautiful smile, her determination and her zest for life.
    God Bless, The Fraser family

  37. I am a ADPI sorority sister of Heidi's and we were in each others pledge class together. I was just looking up old friends on facebook and found her and was so excited to see her beautiful smiling face only to learn of this heartbreaking news. I must have been drawn to finding her and learning of this news. She was an amazing, loving, honest, sweet person with the biggest heart. She will greatly be missed by all. Please let the girls know that she touched so many people's lives just by being Heidi. Bill, I know you must be an amazing man if you were her husband. God Bless you and your adorable girls. Know that she is looking over you as she was like an angel on earth. Much love and deepest sympathy, Leslie (Granger) Fidler (

  38. Sedg - you're right, your girls are strong, which is a great testimony to both you and Heidi. Shelbs, Rach, and Bean ... you know you can come hang out any time. We will always be here to help, have fun and do whatever it takes. Keep the faith ... The Hartshorne's.