Oct. 21, 1980 – Jan. 9, 2019
Carissa “Cari” R. Heater, 38, Delphi, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Franciscan Health Lafayette. This followed a valiant battle with breast cancer.
On Oct. 21, 1980, Cari was born in Bremen. She was the precious daughter of Thomas and Debora Thompson Mikel. Growing up, she shared her childhood with two brothers, Mason and Levi. In 1999, she graduated from Lakeland Christian Academy in Warsaw. She continued her education at Grace College, earning bachelor’s degrees in English and counseling.
Cari and Shane Heater were married on Nov. 5, 2011, at Riverview Community Church, Tippecanoe. They enjoyed seven years of life’s adventures. From their union came two beautiful children, Bridget and Caleb.
Cari was a member of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) and Covenant Church where she enjoyed small group Bible studies. She was employed with Cook Medical of West Lafayette for eight years, retiring recently due to her declining health.
Paramount in Cari’s life was her family. Huge fans of Disney, Cari and Shane enjoyed many trips to Disney World. As a proud mother, she loved and adored her children. She got a lot of joy out of watching their antics and seeing their personalities develop. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting and doing crafts of all sorts.
Left to cherish the memory of Cari are her husband, Shane Lee Heater; two children, Bridget Ann Heater and Caleb Everett Heater; her parents, Tom and Deb Mikel, Bourbon; two brothers, Mason Mikel, Bourbon, and Levi and Kendal Kosta-Mikel, Rensselaer; her father- and mother-in-law, Larry and Kay Heater, Rochester; her grandmothers, Cara Mae Thompson, and Lois Ann Heater; her sister-in-law, Candice and Daniel “D.J.” Johnston, Rochester; and her brother-in-law, John and Shanna Heater, Wabash.
Cari was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles Thompson, Everett and Arissa Mikel, Alfred Lee Heater and Catherine and Harry John Overmyer.
An initial celebration of life will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Covenant Church, 211 Knox Drive, West Lafayette.
A celebration of the life with a service honoring Cari Heater will be at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the Whippoorwill Community Church, 4795 N. 200 West, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Due to allergies, the family requests that no live flowers be sent and that cologne and perfume not be worn during the visitation and services.
Memorials may be made to the children of Carissa “Cari” R. Heater, and envelopes will be available at the visitation, service and the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com. Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester has been entrusted with the arrangements.