ForeverMissed
Sharon Ann Heck, born June 28th, 1960, passed away in her home in Howell, NJ on April 9th, 2020, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 59 years old.

From a young age, Sharon had always been filled with vivacious and jovial energy. She loved to entertain and make others feel at home, whether it be through her caring nature or delicious cooking. Due to her unrivaled compassion and hospitality, she was, unsurprisingly, beloved by her neighbors and co-workers and had close friendships that lasted over 30 years. True to her upbeat and joyous nature, Christmas was—without a doubt—her favorite holiday because it brought everyone together.

She was a devout animal lover and could always be found snuggling with her dog. Once she found a dog-centered program on the television, she could never change the channel, especially if it was the original Lady and the Tramp (1955), her favorite movie. Though not a sports fan, she always looked forward to cheering for players in the Puppy Bowl, and her favorite part of Thanksgiving, other than the parade, was watching the National Dog Show: to her, each entrant was a “Best in Show” winner.

Myrtle Beach was one of her favorite places, and she spared no opportunity to travel there with Craig Sr., her husband of 33 years. While there, she would take great pleasure in eating at all of the restaurants and, thanks to her cooking prowess, jokingly grade and critique each one based on their flavor and presentation. When not being Myrtle Beach’s premier food critic, she would pass the days lounging by the pool with puzzle games and magazines.

Her friends and family were the light of her life. She is survived by her husband (Craig Sr.), three children (Craig Jr., Ashleigh, and Connor), dog (Harley), mother (Mary Cavanaugh), four siblings (Linda [Chris] deMezzo and James [Deborah], Timothy [Donnell], and Sean Cavanaugh), four nieces and nephews (Melissa [Alex] Utz, Jill deMezzo, and Dylan [Mackenzie] and Zack [Rebecca] Cavanaugh), two grandnieces and grandnephews (Max Utz and Willa Cavanaugh), and countless friends. Though greatly missed, she is now reunited with her father (James [decd. 1996]), uncle (Michael [decd. 2016]), stepfather (George [decd. 2002]), and first dog (Dakota [decd. 2012]), along with several other friends and family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Monmouth County SPCA (https://www.monmouthcountyspca.org/tribute-donation-form/) in her memory.
Posted by Maxine Sherwindt on April 21, 2020
To The Cavanaugh / Heck Family                                         I met Sharon on a group called People Pets and our friendship continued on Face Book.  You were a warm hearted and loving friend and you will be missed.  You loved angel Dakota and then precious Harley. You always had a kind word for everyone. May you Rest in Peace my dear friend               Love always Maxine Sherwindt
Posted by Sheila Hayes on April 21, 2020
Dear Sharon, this has been such a shock to all of us on Peoples Pets. We all met on Peoples Pets for our Love of animals. You were the sweetest, kindest,most loving friend anyone could ask for. Rest in Peace you Beautiful Lady inside and out. You will always be remembered by all. My sincerest condolences to your family, how blessed we all were to know you.
Love andPrayers ,
Sheila Hayes
Posted by Patty Prior on April 21, 2020
Sharon was a loving and kind woman. We met through People’s Pets and continued our friendship through FB. She had a passion for animal causes and she loved Harley so much. Whenever he was groomed she’d post a picture of him all clean and shiny with a new kerchief.
I will miss you my friend. I will miss your messages and silly comments. Soar with the
angels.
My condolences to her family and friends.
Sent with love,
Patty Prior
Posted by Marina Trofin on April 21, 2020
SHARON WAS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL FRIEND I MET MANY YEARS AGO.
THE LOVE FOR ANIMALS KEPT US TOGETHER IN A LONG FRIENDSHIP.
I SHALL MISS HER, AND I SHALL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER.

SO SORRY FOR LOOSING SHARON.
MY CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS!
Marina Trofin
Posted by Janet Zales on April 16, 2020
She had the unique gift of making us feel like family, both with her warm hospitality and delicious food. Her memory will live on in all of us who loved her.
Sincere condolences

Jan and Tom Zales
Posted by VJ Edwin on April 14, 2020
Heaven has another beautiful angel watching over us. Your spirit will live on forever in our cherished memories.  May you rest in eternal peace. With our deepest condolences, Diane and Edwin Pedroza
Posted by Anne Cafiero on April 13, 2020
Deepest Sympathy for this untimely loss
Tom and Anne Cafiero
Posted by Anne Cafiero on April 13, 2020
Deepest Sympathy for this untimely loss

Tom and Anne Cafiero
Posted by CJ Cameron DC on April 13, 2020
Sharon- my family prays that you rest in peace. It was always a joy coming into your home so welcomed. It always seemed like home to me because of your compassion. You will be missed and will always be in our prayers <3 
Posted by Theresa Van Orden on April 13, 2020
Sharon - light as a feather you leave us, may you rest peacefully. You were always so kind and sweet to me, inviting me for holidays so I wouldn’t be alone after my divorce. You were always so thoughtful and you will be missed by all who loved you. Rest In Peace Sharon - until we meet again ♥️
Posted by Rich Gormley on April 12, 2020
We will miss Sharon. She was a wonderful person with a contagious smile. Just a lovely person and the best next door neighbor you could ask for. Rest In Peace Sharon, The Gormley’s

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Posted by Maxine Sherwindt on April 21, 2020
To The Cavanaugh / Heck Family                                         I met Sharon on a group called People Pets and our friendship continued on Face Book.  You were a warm hearted and loving friend and you will be missed.  You loved angel Dakota and then precious Harley. You always had a kind word for everyone. May you Rest in Peace my dear friend               Love always Maxine Sherwindt
Posted by Sheila Hayes on April 21, 2020
Dear Sharon, this has been such a shock to all of us on Peoples Pets. We all met on Peoples Pets for our Love of animals. You were the sweetest, kindest,most loving friend anyone could ask for. Rest in Peace you Beautiful Lady inside and out. You will always be remembered by all. My sincerest condolences to your family, how blessed we all were to know you.
Love andPrayers ,
Sheila Hayes
Posted by Patty Prior on April 21, 2020
Sharon was a loving and kind woman. We met through People’s Pets and continued our friendship through FB. She had a passion for animal causes and she loved Harley so much. Whenever he was groomed she’d post a picture of him all clean and shiny with a new kerchief.
I will miss you my friend. I will miss your messages and silly comments. Soar with the
angels.
My condolences to her family and friends.
Sent with love,
Patty Prior
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Eulogy prepared by Craig Jr.

Shared by Craig Heck on April 14, 2020
We are gathered here today to remember my wonderful mother, Sharon Heck. Her vibrant, jovial soul would brighten up any room, and her ability to put a smile on anyone’s face was effortless and genuine. True to her selfless nature, she would give you the items from her own home if you expressed the least bit of interest in them, and for every event, she was the first person to arrive to help set up and the last person to leave after everything has been cleaned up and put away. She was a true entertainer and friend, one you could count on during both times of joy and sorrow, and for that, she will truly be missed. 

Mom’s cooking was beyond compare, and luckily for all of us, it was her way to show her love for her friends and family. Whether it be for an informal gathering, holiday, or just a normal Sunday, Mom would go above and beyond to ensure we were all well-fed. At times, she would try novel and new recipes that she found on TV, all because she knew we would like it. Since she ate very little herself, this further speaks to her selfless and caring nature. I will never forget that whenever she knew I was coming home, she would first say, “Oh! I am so excited!” followed by, “what do you want to eat?” More often than not, it was chicken paprikash because Mom’s spin on it was decadent and delicious. It was also through her cooking that we bonded the most. When I was younger, she would call me her “little shadow” because I was always following her around, especially in the kitchen. Once I got older, she came to appreciate having a sous chef to help her. Though, with all the complex recipes she liked to try, she would sometimes have the ego of a chef on Food Network! I learned so much of how to cook from her, and it is something that I will carry with me throughout life, and I know that every time I step into the kitchen to prepare a meal (or steal a slice of cheese), she will be right there with me.

Anyone that knew Mom knew that she absolutely loved animals. Since I can remember, she always talked about wanting a dog. When we finally got Dakota, I will never forget the look on Mom’s face, hysterical with tears of pure joy. Without a doubt, she imparted her love of animals onto us. Heck, I now obsessively follow bulldog accounts on Instagram and dream of one day owning a dog myself. Once Dakota passed, she was heartbroken, but since getting Harley, she was smitten and would constantly say that, “Dakota sent Harley to us because he wanted us to be happy.” How right she was. Harley brought her immeasurable joy and happiness, and the thing is, he didn’t even have to do much! All he had to do was snuggle up to her, and she would turn to mush. Harley never left her side, and he proved to be a true companion until the very end. I know given the opportunity, Mom would have had the house filled with dogs. In fact, she would often bring up her dream of one day buying a house with a gigantic yard so that she could have tons of dogs. As the old saying goes, all dogs go to heaven, and I can say with full confidence that she has made this dream come true now that she is at peace.

She leaves behind a legacy of love, gratitude, and compassion—felt and remembered by all that knew her. She is survived by my father and her husband of 33 years (Craig Sr), myself and my two siblings (Ashleigh and Connor), her dog (Harley), her mother (Mary), four siblings and their spouses/partners (Linda [Chris], Jimmy [Debbie], Timmy [Donnell], and Sean), four nieces and nephews (Melissa, Jill, Dylan, and Zack), two grandnieces and grandnephews (Max and Willa), and countless friends, co-workers, and loved ones. Although greatly missed, it is comforting to know she is now reunited with her father (James), uncle (Michael), stepfather (George), first dog (Dakota), and several other friends and family members we have lost along the way.

No matter if you were her family by blood or by choice, my mother made every effort to express her love and appreciation for others. Though we find comfort in knowing that she has found peace, it is still difficult to say goodbye to such a wonderful mother, wife, and friend—and judging from today’s weather, it is apparent that Mother Nature and the heavens mourn her passing, as well.  We love and miss you, Mom. You can rest easy knowing that we will carry your legacy with us and that you will always be in our hearts, wishes, and dreams.