Sara Heckman, 98

Sara Ellen Heckman, 98, Indianapolis, died at 4:37 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at The Forum at the Crossing, Indianapolis. 

She was born Jan. 13, 1915 in Tipp City, Ohio to Roy and Orpha (Werking) Studebaker. Sara was one of six children who grew up on her parents’ farm.  After attending Manchester college, she taught elementary school.  She met and married Paul Heckman on June 25, 1938 in Tipp City.  They raised two children, Steve Heckman and Kay Hervey.  After Paul's untimely death, in an auto accident, in 1973, Sara moved to Sebring, Florida and operated the Sunset Beach Motel.  She retired at the age of 93, and moved to Indianapolis, where she resided at Clearwater Commons until her death.  Sara was a member of the Church of the Brethren, and a former member of the Women's Club, Tri Kappa Sorority, both of North Manchester, and was a former Cub and Brownie Scout leader.

Sara is survived by her two children, Stephen (Paula) Heckman, Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and Kay (Tom) Hervey, Indianapolis; two grandsons, Jim (Vicki) Heckman, Fort Wayne, and Dean Heckman, Nashville, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren, Carson and Caitlyn Heckman, Fort Wayne.  Her parents, Roy and Orpha, her four sisters Ruth Crowe, Miriam Binkley, Lois Bixler, and Mary Lou Schutz, and a brother, Phil Studebaker, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester, with Dr. Carolyn Scanlan officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.  Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial may be made to: The Paul and Sara Heckman Endowment Fund at Manchester University, North Manchester.

The memorial guestbook for Sara may be signed on-line at

Posted on 2013 Mar 19