Sarah was born October 29, 1937, to John and Agnes Louis in Philadelphia, PA. After her parents’ death at a young age, Sarah was raised at The Charles E. Ellis School for Girls in Newtown Square, PA, where she made many lifelong friendships. Sarah excelled in her studies, playing the piano, and sports. She was naturally inquisitive - always curious to seek answers to life’s questions here on earth.
In 1957, Sarah married James T. Heddinger and raised their children, Suzie, Sally, Stephen and Scott, in Westbrook Park, PA. She was a member of Holy Cross Parish and the Holy Cross Women’s Basketball League. She worked as a teacher’s aide at Upper Darby High School.
As a single mother in 1976, she fought valiantly for her son, Stephen, when he was stricken with bone cancer at age 15. During the same time, her daughter, Sally, died at the young age of 18 in 1978. Through these tragedies, Sarah never wavered in her faith in God and the love for her family.
In 1982, Sarah moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, to start a new life with her husband, Harold “Hal” Currie, who had just retired. Sarah and Hal spent their days golfing, cooking together, and entertaining the grandchildren when they visited from Pennsylvania. Those good times with Hal were short-lived as her beloved husband died in 1987 after battling cancer.
Sarah was a realtor with Century 21 Broadhurst & Associates back in the day and volunteered for many decades with Mercy Hospice. She also assisted in delivering food for Mobile Meals of Myrtle Beach and reached out to help anyone who was down on their luck. Sarah was an active member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.
Sarah was truly one-of-a-kind with her quick wit and sense of humor. She loved taking spur of the moment traveling adventures with anyone willing to ride shotgun. She always took the backroads to enjoy the beauty of the scenery along the road less traveled. Sarah learned to enjoy the simpler things in life such as her favorite music, a delicious piece of cake, an intriguing book, and gathering with friends to reminisce of the good times. She would make spontaneous road trips to Pennsylvania just to catch her grandchildrens’ sports games.
Sarah found joy with her church family and their morning breakfast routine after daily Mass. She communicated regularly with her long-time friends and her hometown neighborhood in Philadelphia, never losing contact over the years. Each friend had a special connection with Sarah. She was looking forward to forming everlasting bonds with her six Great Grandchildren.
Sarah is survived by her children: daughter, Suzanne Catrambone, and husband, Nick, of Del Haven, NJ; and her son, Scott Heddinger, and wife, Regina, of Myrtle Beach.
She is also survived by six Grandchildren: Christopher Catrambone, and wife, Rachel, of Media, PA; Sally Catrambone-Ferreira, of Massachusetts; Sabrina Orlando, and husband, Matthew, of Springfield, PA; Caroline Heddinger, James Heddinger, and Lucy Heddinger, of Myrtle Beach.
Sarah was also blessed with six Great Grandchildren: Nicholas Winchester, Lia Ferriera, Simone Orlando, Lydia Orlando, Ramona Catrambone, and Charles Catrambone.
In addition, Sarah is survived by her loving sister, Mary Vogel, of Ocean City, NJ; her dearest and longtime friend, Linda Pilaro; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; a devoted extended family; and an abundance of friends.
Sarah was predeceased by her young daughter, Sally Anne Heddinger; her son, Stephen Louis Heddinger; husband, Harold Currie; brothers: Captain John Louis, Ret. US Army, and Francis Louis; and first husband, James T. Heddinger.
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be scheduled at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach, SC, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers and in honor of Sarah’s beautiful daughter, Sally, we would encourage donations be made to the Grand Strand Down Syndrome Society, P.O. Box 30398, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588, www.grandstrandds.org.
The family extends a special thank you to her friends who visited her daily in the hospital and rehabilitation. Those special moments, knowing Sarah was not alone, brought the family great comfort.
Sarah learned at an early age to be faithful, strong and brave throughout her entire life. We believe Sarah now rests safely in the comfort and peace of God’s loving arms and with the many loved ones she lost along the way. May God Bless You, Sarah!
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