SAWYER — Harlen Ula Heppler, 67, of Sawyer, a hardworking, loving and generous woman, died Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Her life began April 11, 1953 in New Troy, Michigan, born to Earl and Arvena Brackett.
Harlen cherished spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren, who will miss going fishing and swimming with her. She loved nature and would go Morel mushroom hunting whenever she could.
Harlen and her longtime companion Ray Schroeder enjoyed camping and spending time on the Kentucky side of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. They also could be found locally at Cherry Beach and Town Line Beach. They had a love for hummingbirds and took classes on how to track them.
Harlen enjoyed activities and fitness classes at the River Valley Senior Center. She was a big fan of the Berrien County Youth Fair and took her children every year and continued when the grandchildren came along.
Harlen had a love for Mickey Mouse, Dr. Pepper, and old black and white westerns. She had a soft spot for bargain hunting and going to garage sales. She loved animals, especially cats, and her dog Makayla. Harlen owned a yellow PT Cruiser that she affectionately called her Yellow Submarine. She worked as the Head Custodian at River Valley High School for a number of years and was a member of the custodial staff at the former New Troy school. Harlen cherished the friendships and interactions she had with the students.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by daughter, Heather (Walter) Blevins of Berrien Springs; four grandchildren, Kayla, Kaiah, Penelope, Aiden; sister, Charlotte (Marvin) Walk of Three Oaks; brother, William (Jane) Brackett of Niles; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; the love of her life, Ray Schroeder; one son, Paul Heppler, Jr.; and one brother, James Daniel.
Family and friends will gather Friday, February 12, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks. A time of telling stories and sharing memories will be observed at 6:00 p.m.
The family prefers contributions in memory of Harlen be made to the Blevins Family, in care of Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan, 49128 to assist with extenuating expenses.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.