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Heather Joy Ortiz, 34, of Ft. Sill, OK and formerly of Carlisle, died on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at her home. She was born on Tuesday, January 3, 1978, in Carlisle, the daughter of Charlene Forsythe, of Carlisle and the late Edward Turner.

She was a graduate of Boiling Springs High School and was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Lawton/Ft. Sill Veterans Center. Heather had previously worked at Church of God Home in Carlisle. She was a member of the Ft. Sill, OK Catholic Community and was formerly a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carlisle. Heather will be deeply missed by the family canine companion, Princess Emma Ortiz.

In addition to her mother, Heather is survived by her husband of 13 years, SSG Angel L. Ortiz, US Army, her son, Justice Ortiz, two half-brothers; Scott Bisker and Danny Bisker, both of Carlisle, two half-sisters; Gloria Daniel of Arizona and Cherise Sutton of Harrisburg, two brothers-in-law; Edwin Ortiz and Miguel Ortiz, sister-in-law, Angela Aviles, father-in-law, Miguel Ortiz and mother-in-law, Vincentina Ortiz, all of Lancaster and 14 nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lucy Conn, her half-sister, Rev. Denise Sullivan and one nephew, Emmanuel Daniel.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 85 Marsh Dr., Carlisle with Rev. Dwight Schlaline officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A viewing will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of arrangements.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Lee and Gail Gilpatrick

The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to someone we love. May today's sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God's love.

Eric, Jessica, and Cheyenne Williams

 We wish to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. Heather was a bright light during this family's darkest hours as we waited for our son to return from Iraq. Her phone calls, cards and friendship kept this mother strong and hopeful. Her love and support of Damian after his return and her continued friendship will truly be missed. Heaven shines brighter upon her arrival. We pray for the healing of those she left behind.

Kathleen Vaudo


If roses grow in Heaven, Lord
Please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Heathers arms
And tell her they're from me.

Tell her I love her and miss her,
And when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek
And hold her for a while.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it everyday,
But there is an ache within my heart
That will never go away. ~ Anonymous

Until we meet again dear friend, sleep sweet!!!
Melissa Anderson (Trench)

It was a tragic loss the day you left this earth...may you find peace and continue to bless everyone with your memories.

Take care Heather, and mahalo lui noa.
David and Jennifer (Hollister) Blesh

Words can not begin to express how much Heather impacted our lives. She was such a kind, caring, and loving person with such a genuine heart. Her smile was sure to light up the room and her gentle ways were truly a gift from God. We are so honored that God placed Heather in our lives and so blessed to hold the memories we have with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family and friends during this time. A hui hou kakou hoaloha (Until we meet again beloved friend)

Scott, Tricia, and Carly Williams

My dear Justice words can not express my sorrow at the loss of your mother. My only regret is that we did not become friends sooner. Her faith and devotion to the Lord was so inspirational to me. She has raised an amazing young man whom she loved with all of her heart. Keep her alive in your heart. Keeping you and your dad in prayer. Love Ms Linda

I first saw Heather when she was 2 weeks old and Charlene brought her to the doctor for her first check up. She was a beautiful baby and the joy of her mother's life. My condolences to the family. May you find peace and comfort through Christ our Savior in your time of sorrow.

Kathy Lebo

Char, I am so so sorry about Heather. Our entire family at Christian Life Community Church is praying for you to receive comfort and peace during this trying time in your life. I just pray that God puts his arms around you and give you some comfort. Once again, I am so so sorry dear friend for the loss of Heather.

Jackie Ege

I'm very saddened by your much too quick departure from us. Your joyful and upbeat personality is greatly missed at the VA Center. May you rest in peace Heather and know that we will always remember and miss you.

Diane Storms, RN and Jana Spencer, RN

I am very sad to hear about Heather's passing. Though I have not known her in recent years, we went to school together at St. Patrick's in Carlisle. I still remember going to her house to play when we were children, and singing with her outside at recess. I have only fond memories of Heather, and I am sure that she will be greatly missed by many people.

Caron Zell

Justice, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My thought and prayers go out to you and your family.

Ms. Ginger

 Dear Charlene, so sorry to read of your daughter passing. Just want you to know we are thinking of you at this difficult time. God bless and take care.

Ed & Joyce O'Donnell


My very deepest sympathy to Charlene and the family.

Sharon Morrison

I only met Heather once after years of hearing great things about her from Katy and family. She was as sweet and loving as everyone described as she greeted me with a hug and made me feel as if we had know each other for years. Her love for Justice and pride in motherhood is so evident as he is the kindest, most well mannered young man I have ever met. My thoughts, love and prayers are with Justice and family. Heather will always be greatly missed <3

Carlee Hahn

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Beautiful Mother,Wife,Daughter,sister and friend . She truly was a WONDERFUL person . She will be missed everyday by so many people .. I know she always had a smile on her face so that is what I will always remember is her beautiful smile =) I pray that Justice finds some peace in the horribe time and that his family find the same so they can help each other get through this terrible loss ..

1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Gena Andrews

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. We are thinking and praying for you. Know that the staff and teens are waiting on your return and are here for anything you need.

Fort Sill Youth Center

Our prayers are with the family and all who knew her. She will be missed. She was a joy to work with and all her clients loved her as well.

Diann Johnson, RN Entrusted Hearts of Lawton

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