Nancy Jane Heckrotte: July 9, 1958 – April 21, 2016
Nancy Jane Heckrotte, 57, of Berkeley, transitioned from life on April 21, 2016, with loving family and friends present, following a long illness.
Born in Oakland on July 9, 1958, to Warren and Mia Heckrotte, Nancy was the younger sister of John and Peggy. She attended Berkeley public schools, graduating from Bay High School at 16 years old.
Nancy trained as an electrical designer and worked in the lighting industry for most of her adult life. She enjoyed the challenges of her work, but her true passion was being with her children.
Eldest child Mia is named after Nancy’s beloved mother, while son Michael (Mickey) honors his father’s moniker. Her children were truly the most important people in Nancy’s life. She was incredibly proud of their accomplishments, which include being very musical. Nancy enjoyed traveling with her children, regardless of whether the trip was overseas or to a local spot. However, she mostly enjoyed just being in their presence, as she not only loved them deeply, but also liked and admired them as individuals.
Nancy was fascinated with science, art and music of all genres. Her iPad held an extensive and eclectic music collection, which Nancy enjoyed sharing. She delighted in hosting dinner parties and was an avid salsa dancer.
Nancy had a dry, cynical wit and kept those close to her laughing heartily both in and out of her presence, as they would remember her choice phrases. She recently said that her last words would be, “Can I get a snack first?”
Her children, Mia Caro and Mickey Caro, former spouse, Willie Caro, her father, Warren Heckrotte, half-brother, John Starrels, and many loving relatives and friends, survive Nancy. She is predeceased by her adored sister, Peggy Peoloquin, and her dear cat, Zack.
We will all miss you, Nancy.
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