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Love without Limitations

Love without Limitations

Rev. Dennis Heck lived life to the fullest. He loved people and people loved him. They trusted him and sought him out when they needed someone to listen and care. Dennis was an ordained minister and served as a full-time chaplain at Mercy Hospital Jefferson for more than 30 years. He started many initiatives that improved the lives of our patients, including a grief support group, daily devotionals that he wrote and read over the hospital intercom, and an annual Chaplains' Fund Charity Auction to raise money for patients in need of prescription medications and transportation.

In addition to his work at the hospital, Dennis often visited the homeless. "He gave to people out of his pocket, almost as much as he would raise for the Chaplain's Fund," said Carla Schlueter, one of Dennis' close friends.

Dennis lived a healthy life until he was diagnosed with bone cancer in October 2020.The cancer had spread to the point that treatment wouldn't be effective. Dennis was told he had nine months to live, but he made it 20 months, passing away on June 1, 2022, at the age of 73.

Before his death, David wanted to ensure that his compassion for the underserved would carry on without him. He made plans to leave a generous legacy gift to Mercy Health Foundation to support the Area of Greatest Need in his community and to provide for the educational needs of Mercy nurses and other caregivers. His legacy will continue to touch lives and be a blessing for countless Mercy patients and co-workers for generations to come.


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