Doris June Heffelfinger
Doris June Heffelfinger, 92, passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving children and nieces. Doris was a loving and caring mother, wife, aunt, and friend.
Doris was born on July 31, 1927 in Medina, ND to George and Celia Kalainov. She ventured out after graduating from high school to attend a prestigious nursing academy in Michigan where she earned her registered nursing degree. After a short return to her home in North Dakota, she moved to Miami Florida to pursue her career in nursing. She was proud to tell her family that she was immediately offered the head nursing position at a major hospital. There she met her husband of 55 years, John Heffelfinger. John grew up in Indiana and moved to Florida to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami. He was working as an insurance adjuster in the medical profession, and they met at the hospital. They married, and soon started a family. They had 5 sons, Thomas, Craig, Scott, Blake and Brett.
Doris was very social and loved visiting with friends and family. She loved celebrating the holidays, birthdays, and any excuse to get together. Everyone loved the letters, birthday cards, and holiday cards she sent. She never forgot to reach out with a letter or card to her loved ones! She was an avid reader. She would clip information from newspapers that would benefit a loved one and send it to them! Although she didn't have any grandchildren of her own, that didn't stop her from being a "Grand" Aunt to her nieces and nephews and their children. Later in life she worked as a real estate agent. In her retirement years, she loved to organize and run estate sales. She loved to travel, especially in the summer to escape the Arizona heat. She visited with relatives in North Dakota and traveled to northern Arizona and Idaho.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, John, her oldest son, Thomas, her brothers Nick and Sam Kalainov, and sisters-in-law, Evelyn and Coletta Kalainov, and Margaret. She is survived by her 4 sons, Craig, Scott, Blake, and Brett, her brother George Kalainov Jr., sister-in-law Lori Kalainov, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 am at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Flowers or donations can be sent there.
Published on January 16, 2020


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Jan 21, 2020
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Jan 21, 2020
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Bucky Baumgartner
Jan 12, 2020
Doris was like a second Mother to me growing up in Columbine. She was a close friend of my mother Joanne. There were a number of couples that would get together and party together. I was good friends with Scott one of her five sons. We were pretty mischievous in our teens, and when we made a mistake, Mrs. Heffelfinger as I called her, was there to set us straight. They moved away many years ago, but I will never forget the great times I had with Doris and the Heffelfingers. I wish I could rewind the time and enjoy those days again. She was such a nice generous woman. God's speed Doris.
Jamie Bernhardt
Jan 10, 2020
Doris was not only my aunt but also my Godmother and one of the greatest role models in my life. As a child I looked forward to her visits to ND. Everytime she saw me she would say "how's my gorgeous niece". She would always come bearing gifts for everyone. Not a single birthday or holiday would go by without a card and sweet note from her.
Growing up I had such an admiration for her beauty and flashy jewelry. I remember thinking that someday I want to be as glamorous as she is.
She was always happy and loved us all with so much heart.
I feel so fortunate to be able to spend time with her during her final days and very blessed to have such an amazing person in my life.
I love you aunt Dor and will keep you close in my heart until we meet again.Read more
Mary Lou Schwartz
Jan 10, 2020
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Lindsay Russell
Jan 10, 2020
I will always cherish the fond memories I have of great aunt Doris coming to visit ND in the summers. So happy I got to spend some more recent Christmas’ with her also. Sending my love. ❤️❤️
Susan McAniff
Jan 10, 2020
Doris was a sweet and very caring friend. I remember when I needed to move my mom and sell her home, Doris came and helped me pack. That was a special day for me.
RIP Doris!