Effingham Daily News
---- — Colleen M Hecht, 86, born to W. G. and Edna Best in Peoria on Oct. 26, 1927, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 in Sarasota, Fla.
A private celebration of her life will take place with her family in January 2014. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tidewell Hospice, 5957 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, in memory of Colleen, or to the John Best Hecht Memorial, Cardinal Mooney High School, 4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232.
She and her husband relocated to Effingham from Peoria in 1953 with Best Homes, Inc. until 1965. She was a Sarasota resident since 1973 and owner, with husband Thomas, of Marine Dock & Piling, Inc.
She was preceded in death by her son, John Best Hecht (1977), husband, Thomas E Hecht (1986) and husband, George H Cruttenden (2011).
Survivors include her children, Mary Patricia Pitzen (Geoff Kent) of Ottumwa, Iowa, M. Lynn Cunniff (Michael) of Tampa, Fla., and Thomas “Boomer” Hecht (Annette) of Sarasota, Fla.; grandchildren Sarah Horgen (Daniel), Chris Pitzen, and Stephen and Michael Hecht; great-granddaughter, Sage Horgen; sisters Patricia Frederking and Judith Best, SSND; and many nieces and nephews.
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