Heidi Lynne Moore

MARQUETTE, MI- Heidi Lynne Moore, 70, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, November 14, at her residence surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice.

Heidi was born on April 13, 1953 in Manistee, Michigan, one of eight children born to the late Herman and Margaret (Raatz) Schmitzer. Heidi’s childhood was filled with music, flowers, love, and faith. She enjoyed singing in the choir and worked for a time as a candy striper. She was a 1971 graduate of Manistee High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Northern Michigan University in 1993, being awarded the Outstanding Senior Award by the Department of Nursing and the Nursing Merit Award.

After obtaining her degree, Heidi accepted a position on the Medical-Surgical Unit at Portage Hospital in Hancock, and then transferred to their OB Unit. In June 1999, Heidi returned to Marquette and worked at Marquette General Hospital on the Family Birthing Unit until her early retirement in 2014. After more than twenty years, it is estimated that Heidi brought close to two thousand babies into this world.

Heidi was passionate about her faith and was raised in the Lutheran Church. She spent many years worshipping and serving at the former Marquette Gospel Tabernacle in Marquette as well as Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Hancock. At both churches, Heidi served as a Sunday School teacher. At Glad Tidings, she was known for bringing her Jell-O Jigglers to every church gathering; at the Gospel Tab, she instituted the infamous Taco Sundays, where it was once stated by Mark Bradshaw (and now oft repeated) that, “No one chops an onion like Heidi.” After her retirement, Heidi returned to her Lutheran roots and became a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Heidi devoted much of her free time to gardening and knitting. Though she claimed not to have a green thumb, everything in her yard thrived – even the weeds, she would say. Knitting for her family delighted Heidi, who made a tradition of gifting each child and grandchild in her family a new pair of handknit socks each Christmas. She also knit hats and scarves to donate during winter months. Upon retirement, Heidi felt a strong purpose in knitting Prayer Shawls and believed in the ministry of prayer knitting. She even gifted a Prayer Shawl to a fellow inpatient when she was hospitalized in 2017. In her final years, Heidi was unable to knit, but her yarn still brought her much joy, and she dreamed of what each skein could become with the right pattern.

Survivors include seven children, Steven (Jen) Moore, Kristin Horsley (Robert McQuiston), Jeremiah Moore, Margaret (Timothy) Twining, Joel Moore, Sarah (Christopher) Wolfe, and Jesse Moore; grandchildren, Hannah (Sam) Zick, Arianna Ellis, Gabe Ellis, Colton (Brittany) Horsley, Amber (Justin) Robinson, Mikayla (Jared) Hamlet, Clayton Horsley, Daniel Twining, Joy Moore, James Moore, Jonathan Moore, and Simcha Wolfe; 10 great grandchildren; two siblings, John Schmitzer and his partner Darlene McDonald, and Donna Webster; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Schollmeyer, Judy Schmitzer, MaryAnne Schmitzer, Rich Cameron; many nieces and nephews; her beloved Chocolate Lab, Belle; and her dearest friends and family by love, Barbara and Michael Anthony, and Jennifer and Bryce Leerhoff. Preceding her in death besides her parents was son-in-law, Roger Horsley II; siblings, Thomas Schmitzer, Wayne Schmitzer, Leonard Schmitzer, Sr., David Schmitzer, and Kristi Cameron.

The Moore family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday, November 28th at Redeemer Lutheran Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service in the church at 12 noon with Rev. Daniel Ondov officiating. A luncheon will be served in the church hall immediately following the service with burial to conclude in the Park Cemetery.

Heidi’s family wishes to thank the staff at Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice and at Redeemer Lutheran Church for their gentle and loving ministry to Heidi during her preparation for eternity.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1700 W. Fair Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 in Mrs. Moore’s memory.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Moore family where memories of Heidi may be shared at canalefuneral.com.