The following is an excerpt from the notice of Meryl's passing that was given in The Day newspaper today. Please note that a funeral procession will gather at 9:30 a.m. on Monday for an 11 a.m. graveside service at Fort Shantok Cemetery in Uncasville. Our sympathies go out to Meryl's family and friends.
Montville - Mohegan Nonner Meryl “Grey Owl” Jean Heberding, 76, of Uncasville, passed away at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich on Sept. 17, 2009.
She was born on July 14, 1933, in San Diego, Calif., to the late Burill and Vivian (Beatrice) Fielding.
She married her loving husband, Milton Heberding, on Sept. 27, 1952, at the Montville Methodist Church in Montville.
Meryl had a love for her family as well as the many children that she baby-sat throughout her life. She was an elder and was recently appointed Nonner of the Mohegan Tribe. She rejuvenated the local Pow-Wow as well as assisted with the one in Tucson, Ariz., where she had many friends. She was also a member of the Federal Recognition Committee for the Mohegan Tribe and a deaconess and trustee for the Mohegan Congregational Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and was an avid collector of Native American dolls.
Family and friends may visit from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich. A funeral procession will gather at 9:30 a.m. on Monday for an 11 a.m. graveside service at Fort Shantok Cemetery in Uncasville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Meryl's honor to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1952 Whitney Ave., #220, Hamden CT 06517.
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