Christine Anne Heft
July 26, 1956 – July 19, 2021
Christine was born and raised in South Omaha by her parents, Alfred and Helen Roth. She lived to be 64.
She was incredibly loyal to all she loved, and she loved many. Christine taught the meaning of persistence and inspired all around her to embrace their passions in every possible way.
She was an Administrative Assistant for most of her career. Christine was a devoted wife to her husband, Jim Heft, and was an ever-present and loving mother to her son, Paul Heft.
She is survived by husband, Jim Heft; son, Paul Heft; sister, Mary Ellen Walker (Bruce); brother, Al Roth.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 27th from 5pm to 7 pm at West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7 pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, July 28th at 10:30am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive.
Chris was born and raised in South Omaha. She maintained her South Omaha pride all her life, and rightfully so. Chris had a knack for softball in her youth, and the impression she left on people is in a “league of its own” (pun intended, she loved puns). This is conveyed in her friendships old as age 5.
Her cooking was impeccable, and she wanted every meal to be perfect. Chris was honored to be of Irish heritage. Her faith in God seldom wavered and she adored her dog, Muffin.
She was loved beyond words by her mother, Helen, and her father, Alfred, sister, Mary Ellen, and brother, Al. Her love and admiration for her father was ever present. He too was taken too young and too suddenly. After his death, she was able to spend immense time with her mother, Helen, most days because Chris and her family always lived near Helen.
Christine carried a spark in her like nobody else, and that energy is not gone. It lies in how she is loyal to a fault. Persistent to the point of inspiration. Passionate with the energy to carry her own fire.
Her attention to detail not only filled her family’s three different houses over her life with precious decoration and intention but complimented her career as an Administration Assistant.
She met her husband, Jim, in the early 80’s, as they both worked for Methodist. They hit it off bowling and made plans to see each other again very soon, again a testament to how unforgettable the impression she left was. Christine and Jim were married at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the neighborhood church from her youth. They honeymooned in her home away from home. Actually, it was her home at heart, Lake Okoboji. She can now be heard in each wave of the lake headed for shore.
Their marriage was a match well-made. Christine and Jim had wanted a child. It took a while and Chris’ faith was strong, eventually she became pregnant with her son, Paul, and gave birth in October 1989.
Chris put every fiber into her son. She helped him through school more than his teachers. Chris and Paul had a mental connection that could sometimes be uncanny. Along with this theme, she naturally had the intuition to put him into piano lessons at age 10.
Chris made a unique connection with each of Paul’s friends and wanted everyone at the house to feel welcome (even spoiled). She passed on many traits to her husband and son, including putting others first.
The end is not how we imagine. And the end is not the end. Those who love as deep as Chris leave a mark in time itself. She is forever.