Alison’s life began April 25, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and graduated from Groves High School. After high school, she continued her education at Western Michigan University earning her bachelor’s degree. While at WMU she met the love of her life, Robert Heimsath. She later went back to school to become a registered nurse. Alison loved being an Emergency Room and Oncology nurse, her love for her profession created friendships with many of her oncology patients. As much as she loved being a nurse, Alison loved being a wife, mother and especially a grandmother. Upon retiring, she and Robert moved to Paw Paw to be able to spend every day with grandchildren.
Alison leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory which includes: her husband of 42 years Robert Heimsath; three children Ryan (Lisa) Heimsath, Rachel (Kevin) McAlvey, and April (Elton) Oakley; 12 grandchildren James, Isaac, Claire, Peter, Livi, MaryGrace, Adelyn, LilyAnna, Evaleigh, Eliana, Elisabeth, and Annalise; two siblings Julie (Mark) Brown and Trip (Morag) Brown; and many nieces and nephews.
Alison died January 23, 2020. Her parents Donald and Lynette (Ralya) Brown precede Alison in death. Friends may visit with Alison’s family Monday, January 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet where funeral services will be celebrated Tuesday, January 28, at 12:30 PM. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, Michigan. Memorials may be made in Alison’s memory to American Cancer Society or MS Society. You are welcome to leave a message of comfort for Alison’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com
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