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Heffernan Mark

d. February 19, 2012

Mark Heffernan, age 48, of Athens, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

He is survived by his wife, Jill; children, Brian Heffernan, Caitlin Morla of Beverly, Massachusetts, and Sam Heffernan of Athens, Illinois; parents, Terry and Fran Heffernan of Oldsmar, Florida; brother, Eric Heffernan of Springfield, Illinois; sister, Kristen (Mike) Broadhead of Palm Harbor, Florida; three nephews and two nieces.

Mark was born on October 21, 1963 in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Terry and Fran Heffernan. He was the oldest of their three children.

Mark and Jill were married in Paris, Illinois on September 3, 1994. On that day a new family was established. Brian and Caiti were there from the beginning and Sam was the blessing that God sent to them to complete their family. Forgiveness and love of family will sustain Mark’s loved ones during this devastating time.

Visitation will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, where friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012. Pastor Greg Busboom will be leading the private funeral services at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the funeral home.


  1. Jill,

    as you requested we are praying for you and Sam, as well as all others in Mark’s family. When you feel the need to talk or just need someone with you, please know I am available. May our prayers to God lift you above the sorrow and commotion during this time and bring you the peace and comfort that only He can give. God listens and cares. Be sure to tell Him how you are feeling.

  2. Jill, Brian, Caity and Sam,

    Remember all the wonderful times you had with Mark and your Dad. He loved all of you and was so proud of each one of you. Mark was a wonderful person and I have great memories of him and will also cherish those times we spent together. Be strong and remember to hold each other and stand together. I love all four of you so very much and know Mark is smiling down on you. I am here for you.

  3. Jill and Sam Please know that our family is praying for you and are here for you anytime.

  4. Your in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. Jill, please know that I am thinking of you and wishing you God’s peace and comfort. Kathryn M. Harris

  6. Please know we are thinking of you. We are praying for peace and comfort, acceptance and a full life ahead for each of you.

  7. Mark was a part of our small class through Auburn Junior High and High School — we were a part of each other’s “growing up”. I know the class of 1981 is heartbroken to hear this news – and sends loving thoughts to Terry, Fran and Eric.

  8. Jill I am so sorry to hear the news please know you and yours will Be in my prayers during this time.

  9. Jill, my sympathies to you and your family.

  10. Jill, Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Jill, Sam, Brian, and Caiti

    you are all in our prayers at this most difficult time. There are so many things that could be written here, but none of them will bring Mark back. Just know that we are here for you and your family.

    The Bringolf family.

  12. Mr and Mrs. Heffernan, Our staff is so sorry for the loss of your son. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Dr. Hiral Shah Nursing( Linda, Sue and Laura) Therapist( Andrea, Rick, Sharon and Lynn) Front office ( Aubrae and Karen)

  13. Jill – You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God grant you His everlasting peace.

  14. Jill, So very sorry to hear about your loss! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! I can’t imagine what you and your family must be going through! Such a loss at an early age! I’m so sorry and please let me know if there is anything you need!


  15. Jill, It has been many lifetimes since we last saw each other and I am so shocked and saddened to read of Mark’s passing. There are two things I will always remember of the two of you: his love for you and the children and your strength. I’ve always admired your beautiful soul and strength. My heart goes out to you and the family. Godspeed Mark. I will never forget all the times you made me laugh.

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