Donna Murphy Heim

March 4, 2020

Donna Murphy Heim, 91, passed away in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 4, 2020, surrounded by family. Born on October 13, 1928 in New York City, Donna was one of six children. At 16 years of age, Donna started a 20-year career as a telephone operator for AT&T in Manhattan, NY. Following her mother's instructions, Donna always parked in a well-travelled area before catching the subway to work in New York City. Luckily for Jerry Heim, the street outside his bar was just such a spot. Two years later, in 1966, Donna and Jerry were married. In 1971, the couple, along with their daughter and son, moved to Casselberry, FL to start a new life.

Donna lived to love and support others, particularly her family. She was a fantastic cook and baker and was always up to provide a cake or pie to anyone with a sweet tooth. Donna volunteered as a school nurse, at church pot-lucks, and spent most of her weekends at local sports fields watching her two children play. Donna saw her son join the Marine Corps and later the FBI while her daughter became a successful lawyer.

Donna and Jerry eventually moved to Cornelius, NC to be closer to their daughter. After Jerry's passing in 2006, Donna moved to Falls Church, VA to start yet another chapter in her life. The newest tradition for Donna became the weekly Sunday dinners, prepared for her son, daughter in law and three grandchildren. She passed her love of cooking and baking on to her grandchildren, including everyone's favorite, apple pie. Donna was a strong, independent and curious person, living on her own until her final days. She will be remembered as a loving wife, a devoted mother and grandmother, and a giving soul.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara Heim and son-in-law Sam Lucas of Charlotte, NC, her son Henry Heim, daughter-in-law Lisa Heim, and their children, Hannah, Lauren and Ethan of Annandale, VA.
A memorial service will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Humane Society.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Patti Murphy Spampanato

    RIP Aunt Donna, my condolences to Barbara and Henry, and their families.

  • Janice Presby

    RIP Donna. My sincere condolences to Donna's family. Back in the 70's her little boy Henry Heim was on our baseball team, started out as T-Ball.
    Those were good times Barbara and Henry, may all your precious memories uplift you during this very difficult time. Thinking of you.