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Heather S. Danielson

Published February 26,2024

Obituary's Biography:

Heather Sutherland Danielson, a virtuous woman and wonderful wife, dedicated mother, cherished grandmother, great-grandmother, eldest sister and committed friend, peacefully passed away on February 22, 2024, where she is now “Alive in Heaven”.  Heather was born on November 17, 1940, in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, to Alexander “Sandy” Millar Sutherland and Mary “Maisie” (née Robertson) Sutherland.  Heather is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Philip Paul Danielson, of a blessed 60 year marriage beginning October 26, 1963 in Asheville, NC; her children, Dana (Kelly) Danielson, Thryn (Scott) Slawin, Lynn (Michael) Davis, Douglas (Sandy) Danielson, Thay (Mero) Guirguis, and Paula (Corey) McKinney; her grandchildren, Robert, Rebecca and Kyle; Kelsie (Zachary); Kimberly (Robert), Alexis and Rayna; and Eryn, Fiona and Keegan; her great-grandchildren, Lyanna and Aerith; her siblings, Alastair (Mary), Glen (Marie), Craig (Margaret), and Hazel (Donald) Schaeffer; her sister-in-law Renee (Hood); and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Keith.

Heather was a WWII survivor and evacuee from the Philippines island of Palawan.  She graduated high school at Ben Lippen in Asheville, NC and college at Columbia Bible College in Columbia, SC. She served the Lord in West Paris, ME before being commended by Palm Bible Chapel in FL to missionary work in the Philippines.  As a pastor’s wife and missionary, she raised her children in ME, the Philippines, FL, IL, NY, WV and OH.  Heather provided specialized foster care and respite for children with medically complex needs for several decades.  Mandy, Bobby and Ciara were specific foster children special to her heart.  Heather’s life is an example of gladhearted dedication and service to others without need for adoration.  Heather was humble and her grace to others has been transformative and impactful to others, even into her last few days before being called to Heaven.  Heather did have enjoyments with gardening, canning, crocheting, creating, researching anything from plans to building homes and knowledge of nature and plants.  In all of Heather’s life, she has “kept the faith”.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be held at Trinity Community Church, 1190 W Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

The Funeral Service will also be on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

Interment will be held privately another day at Avon Centre Cemetery, 21300 W Shorewood Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030.

All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information, please call (847)223-8122 or visit www.StrangFuneral.org. 

6 replies on “Heather S. Danielson”

  1. My prayers are with you all as you grieve the passing of your loved mother/grandmother. May you have peace in this time.

  2. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mom, Thay. She had a rich life full of the Lord, family and special people who were in her life. I understand what it’s like to lose your Mom. I had a hard time when I lost mine but The Lord got me through it and He will help you too.
    Love and hugs,
    Linda Goldsberry

  3. To dear Paul, the Danielson and Sutherland families,

    We extend our sincere sympathies to you all on the passing of Heather. She was a very kind,caring hospitable person. We fondly remember the time spent with her as children during their visit to South Africa during 1946 and also our later visits to the USA. during which she opened her home and heart to our family and also later visits by our daughter Gaileen. Our thoughts are with you all as you pay your final respects to her today.

    Yours sincerely

    Colin Alexander and Febe Sutherland.

  4. How dear Heather will be missed! Although I haven’t seen her in many years, I’ll always remember how Heather stood for what was right & good. She believed in doing things properly & taught me the “proper way” to set the dinner table…even how far the silverware should be placed from the edge of the table!
    I was supposed to be in her wedding, but because of exams I couldn’t. Heather gave me a bridesmaid charm in remembrance of her special day anyway…it will always be cherished because it was from Heather!
    Our love & prayers are with you all. As the Lord has faithfully brought Heather to His loving arms, He will faithfully be your Comfort & Strength. (II Corinthians 1:3-4) Dee

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