Dr. Heidi L. Febert

Dr. Heidi L. Febert, Passed away suddenly at the age of 45 years on December 7, 2012 in Saginaw, Michigan. Lifetime resident of Baldwin, New York and beloved daughter of Gertrude and the late Hans. Professor at Saginaw University in Michigan. Reposing at the Fullerton Funeral Home, Inc., 769 Merrick Road, Baldwin, New York. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, December 15, 2012 9:45 a.m. at St. Christopher's Church in Baldwin, New York. Interment St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. Visiting on Friday, December 14, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. 

Thoughts & Prayers

Posted by Dr. Joe Jaksa on
As my heart breaks my thoughts and prayers are with you Gertrude as well as Heidi's family and friends. The Saginaw Valley State University family is in shock as well. The outpouring of support for you is overwhelming. We will hold a memorial in Michigan in early January to honor her.

I regret to say that I am unable to make the trek to Baldwin. Please know that I mourn the loss of the nothing less than an unbelievably lovely human being. I continually told Heidi that she is a "breath of fresh air" to me. The Jaksa family sends their love, prayers, and support. I cannot articulate the pain of a broken heart. She was a blessing that I will never have again.

Joe
Posted by Eric Gilbertson on
All of us at Saginaw Valley State University are grateful for her life among us and share in this loss.
Posted by Sharon Opheim on
Mrs. Febert,

Words cannot express how sorry I am about the sudden loss of Heidi. In the short time she was here at Saginaw Valley State University she had made a major impact. I felt like I had known her for years and enjoyed all our chats in the office (and our chocolate breaks). She will be missed immensely. My sympathies go out to you and Heidi's family.
Sharon Opheim, Faculty Secretary
Posted by Emily J. Beard on
Heidi was a positive and warm presence at SVSU. I will miss her. Her presence will certainly be missed here on campus and in the world. Deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones.
Posted by Basil Clark on
I met Heidi only a few times as we are in different departments and in different buildings, but each time she was such a pleasure to speak with; as a fellow medievalist, I was looking forward to knowing her better. Like my colleagues, I am in shock at her sudden passing; please accept my deepest sympathy to her family. Basil Clark, Professor of English, SVSU.
Posted by John Baesler on
In the short time I had the privilege to know Heidi she became not only a respected colleague but also a dear friend I was looking forward to getting to know much better. I will miss her kindness and sense of humor, but I will treasure the memory of our conversations about the lives of saints, politics, and Downton Abbey. My sincere condolences to Heidi's family and friends.
Posted by Cameron Thorp on
I was her student for her Hist 220 class this semester at Saginaw Valley State University. I do not know what to say, I am deeply sorry to hear about this. I don't know what to do. I will miss her greatly, every day we would pass each other when I was on my way to Thea Hist and she always said "Hi Cameron" with a smile on her face. She was very understanding when I had to miss class or leave early for a Theatre Department Performance. Anyone could tell that she loved teaching, she always had a story to relate to what she was teaching. I was ready to blow her away with my essay for the exam, because she pushed me to do better.
Posted by Suzan E Aiken on
I met Hiedi last summer. She was a good colleague.
Posted by Dr. Sher Ratnabalasuriar on
While I only got to know Dr. Febert during this past semester, I am glad to have known her. It enjoyed being able to share the exciting experience of being new faculty here with someone as positive, happy, and dedicated to teaching as Heidi.

I met her during at the Faculty Summer Institute (FSI) where she and the rest of the incoming faculty had our first taste of life at SVSU. She was a wonderful presence with her enthusiasm and I appreciated how generous she was in sharing her teaching experiences during the FSI program.

We ended up being office neighbors and became friends as we shared stories, ideas, and laughter about the process of acclimating to SVSU and teaching. Despite the busy, hectic pace, I always enjoyed and looked forward to our hallway visits between classes to check in and talk about the day's teaching activities. She was a wonderful person and I am incredibly lucky to have known her. Please know that Heidi is deeply missed and will be remembered fondly. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Michael Wallace on
Dear Mrs. Febert,

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. Heidi and I were graduate students at Fordham 10 years ago. We stayed in touch since then. She was a good friend and valued colleague. Heidi was a member of an advisory board for an important history project that I am involved with. She gave excellent advice; the curriculum we are writing is much better due to her contributions. Moreover, when I was diagnosed with cancer, Heidi was very supportive of me. I will always remember her caring spirit in my time of need.I will miss her greatly.

My prayers are with you.

Michael Wallace
Posted by Vanessa Brooks Herd on
May you find comfort in this time of sadness and remember the happy moments of Heidi's life with joy and thanksgiving.
Posted by Jules Gehrke on
Mrs. Febert,

I am so saddened by this loss of a young woman of warmth and intelligence whose contribution to SVSU was heartbreakingly brief, but was of such great depth. She bravely accepted our invitation to move to Michigan, embraced the demands of her new position with professional aplomb, and left a model for new professors to follow. We will miss her greatly.

Jules Gehrke
Posted by Sara Beth Keough on
I only knew Heidi a short time as a fellow faculty member, but as soon as I met her I knew she was a kindred spirit. SVSU became a better place because of her impact here. I am so sorry for your loss. Know that Heidi brought a lot of happiness to the SVSU community over the last four months.
Posted by Tammy DeRuyter on
Heidi was one of those rare people who could light up a room when she walked in! Her beautiful big smile, high cheek bones, and twinkling eyes simply reflected the beauty from within. She will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Meshal Ahmad on
It's never easy to say goodbye, my prayers goes out to the Febert family and friends. God bless.
Posted by Joni Boye-Beaman on
Dear Mrs. Febert,
We are saddened by the untimely death of Heidi. Please know our hearts are with you. Heidi was only at Saginaw Valley State University for a short time, but she made a significant impression on her students and colleagues. I believe that she was quickly embracing SVSU as her home. I have spoken to a number of her students this week and all described her as a caring and respectful instructor. Many said she was their favorite professor. She took the time to get to know her students (not an easy feat when teaching four sections of general education classes) and she made an effort to connect with her students inside and outside of the classroom. This semester we offered faculty the opportunity to meet with students in the tutoring center. Heidi enthusiastically took us up on the offer and frequently helped any student in need of assistance. Heidi’s colleagues were equally impressed with her gracious disposition and intellectual abilities. We are honored to have had the opportunity to get to know her and are sorry our time with her was so short. She was well regarded and will be deeply missed. Joni Boye-Beaman, Dean, College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences
Posted by Anne Huebel on
As someone new to SVSU this fall, I only met Heidi a few times, but she was someone I looked forward to getting to know better. My sincere sympathies on your loss.
Posted by Diane Boehm on
Dear Mrs. Febert and other family members,

We mourn your loss. We will all miss Heidi's concern for others, her personal warmth, her empathy for those who struggled, her desire to guide students to new insights and ways of thinking. She brought out the best in all of us who have been privileged to know her.
Posted by kai ma on
even though I never saw her before, but i still want to wish that she will be happy in the heaven
Posted by Jeff Rightmer on
Dear Mrs. Febert,

I was stunned at the news of Heidi's passing. We became acquainted at the Faculty Summer Institute this summer with several other new faculty members. She was bright, engaging and fun to be around. We would run into each other on our way to classes and share a few moments and stories about our classes and students. I regret that we did not get together for lunch as we always said we would during those hallway conversations.

Words cannot express my deepest sympathies and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Jeff Rightmer
Posted by Borja Ruiz de Arbulo on
Dear Mrs. Febert,

I am very sorry for your loss. Heidi was a great colleague and she will be missed at SVSU.
Posted by Steve on
Dear Mrs. Febert,

I had only one history class with Dr. Febert, but she impacted my life in a purely positive manner. I will never forget the way she looked at life, and how she made history important for all of us. She was a great professor and a better person. She will be sorely missed.
Posted by Margaret Borkowski on
She will certainly be missed. My thoughts are with you and your family
Posted by Lesley Chapel on
Dear Mrs. Febert,

I write this to you in deepest sympathy. Like Heidi, I was also a new History instructor at SVSU this year. Heidi went out of her way to befriend me in the History Department. She always made it a point to find me in the office and have a friendly chat. I always looked forward to Wednesday evenings because I knew she would be in the office at the same time. She was incredibly warm, vibrant, and friendly. I was profoundly shocked and saddened to hear of her untimely death. I will forever think of Heidi each time I am in the office. My heart goes out to you in the deepest way.
Posted by Lesley Chapel on
Dear Mrs. Febert,

I write this to you in deepest sympathy. Like Heidi, I was also a new History instructor at SVSU this year. Heidi went out of her way to befriend me in the History Department. She always made it a point to find me in the office and have a friendly chat. I always looked forward to Wednesday evenings because I knew she would be in the office at the same time. She was incredibly warm, vibrant, and friendly. I was profoundly shocked and saddened to hear of her untimely death. I will forever think of Heidi each time I am in the office. My heart goes out to you in the deepest way.
Posted by Andrew York on
When i first heard the news I was, and still am, completely in shock. How could this happen to such a wonderful person. Heidi made class this semester fun, entertaining, and she brightened my day with her smile, which she brought to class EVERY DAY!! It is heartbreaking to know that i will not be able to thank her in person for the time I spent learning from her. It has come to my attention that she was too good for this life, and was asked to move on to the next. This was sudden for us, but God grew tired of waiting for such an amazing person to be with him. May her body rest in peace, and her soul rejoice in heaven.

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you for being a part of my life!

With Love,
Andrew York
Posted by Jim Cunningham on
I was a HIST 220 student of Dr. Febert's this semester. At the end of my undergrad career, I was just looking forward to getting these last classes done which changed at her first class. I thoroughly enjoyed going every week. I learned so much, and became as excited about history as she obviously was. I am so very saddened by her loss, she was one of the very best professors I have had. My prayers are with your family during this incredibly difficult time.
Posted by Kendall Jackson on
I was a student of her History 220 Class.

I was deeply sadden to receive an email regarding my professor. she was so upbeat and so nice. I had just seen her Thursday and she seemed well. my heart dropped as I read the email, she will be missed dearly.

My sympathies go out to Heidi's family.
Posted by Tiffany Shaw on
My deepest condolences go out to the Febert Family. I was a student in her Hist 220 class. For someone who has always struggled in history classes, she made history a joy to learn. Even though the seven to ten class block was tiring for the class, she would make jokes to keep us locked into the material. Her passion and enthusiasm for history was infectious.

It was obvious that she possessed a true passion for it. From what she shared with us, she knew just as much about her own family history as she did about European history.

I am incredibly grateful that she was able to share her knowledge and experiences with me. A truly great teacher.
Posted by Jim Cunningham on
I was in Dr. Febert's hist 220 class this fall. At the end of my undergrad career, I was only wanting to get the semester over with. That changed with the first class. By the end of classes, I became as excited about history as she so obviously was. I learned so much about history and appreciate how much she challenged her students to excel. I am so saddened by her passing. My prayers are with her family during this incredibly difficult time.
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