The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Elsie Mae Heistand, 88, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Regency Place, Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana.
Born Feb. 7, 1921, in Fairland, the youngest daughter of  Charles and  Nellie (Ensminger) Beaumont.
Married  Kenneth Heistand  on May 20, 1950, and he preceded her in death on June 6, 1984.
Survivors include her sons,  Jerry (wife, Kathy) of Greenwood and  Dean (wife, Cheri) of Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana; granddaughter,  Sarah of Greenfield; “almost twin” sister,  Lourene of Shelbyville; and several generations of nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents and sisters,  Martha Homes,  Frances Lowe and  Kathryn Ponsler.
Lifelong resident of Shelby County.
Licensed cosmetologist and owned a beauty shop in the old Methodist Building prior to becoming a wife and mother.
Graduated from Moral Township High School in 1939.
Member of First United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, where she was an active member of United Methodist Women, holding the office of president for several years, and had also served on most of the committees.
Loved her Lord and her church.
Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St.; and from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 34 W. Washington St.
Funeral services at the church, with the Rev. Robert Campbell officiating.
Interment:  St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First UMC.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
June 8, 1984
Kenneth L. Heistand, 72, Shelbyville, died today, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
Lifelong Shelby County resident.
Oldsmobile dealer for 14 years.  After retiring, real estate broker.
Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Born Feb. 2, 1912, in Shelby County, to  Frank and  Josephine (Leppert) Heistand.
Married  Elise Beaumont  on May 20, 1950; she survives.
Other survivors include two sons,  Jerry Heistand  and  Dean Heistand,  both of Shelbyville; sister,  Alice Gallagher, California.
Funeral mass, St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Father William Ernst officiating. 
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Carmony Funeral Home.
Contributed by Marsha Ensminger

The  Shelby  Democrat
February, 1908
Obituary summary:  Mrs. Melinda Heaston 
Age - 75 years 
Daughter of  Samuel Nail, native of NC   
Mother,  Mrs. Nail, age 94 yrs, died a few years ago. 
Born: Shelby Co. 
Husband died 10 years ago 
Children:  Frank,  Mrs. S. C. Hoover of this City &  Mrs. George Ballard of FL.
Brother:  James Nail 
Sisters:  Mrs. Nancy Francis of this City &  Mrs. Rebecca Thomas of this City 
From a book by Linda Mohr
Contributed by John Ballard

The  Daily  Republican
Monday, April 25, 1887
Page 2   Column 3
          The DeLand (Florida) Chronicle  gives the following obituary notice of Mr. Benjamin Heistand, of this county, who died there on the 28th of March, 1887, in the sixty-first year of his age:
          "Mr. Heistand was brought here from Indian river to be cared for by his favorite child, Mrs. George Ballard.  He fully realized that he was going to die and requested to be buried where the ice and snow of the bitter north would not cover his grave.  Mr. Heistand enlisted in the Federal army at the breaking out of the war, and staid with the boys till Lee surrendered, although wounded and disabled on many a field of carnage.  He was a member of Col. A. D. Straight's regiment, the man who tunnelled out of Libby prison, and he was with General Sherman when he marched to the sea.  He never asked Uncle Sam to give him a pension, although he died from the effects of injuries received in the service.   Mayor Goodrich and the Grand Army of the Republic buried the battle scarred veteran with the beautiful ritual of their order, Rev. W. M. Jones officiating."
Submitted by Barb Huff

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