Catherine Daria Heban, 27, died on Monday, March 6, 2023 in Florida. After a long struggle and many attempts at recovery, Catherine lost her battle to drug addiction.
Catherine was born in Konakovo, Russia and came to the United States as a member of our family in 1998. From her first moments, Catherine was able to interact socially, and her open personality made her instantly likeable. Having spent the first two years of her life in a Russian orphanage, Catherine quickly adapted to life on the farm, although, like most, farm chores were not her highest priority.
Catherine always had a passion for animals and seemed to develop with them a relationship that exceeded expectations. She had the patience and demeanor to outlast the most stubborn of animals. That care and concern carried over to people she met, as well. She was always trying to help others solve their problems, in spite of struggling with her own.
Catherine made her mark at the Fulton County Fair. During her years in 4-H, as a member of the Swanton Handy Helpers, Catherine participated in the Poultry Show for many years and was a Grand Champion twice, Reserve Champion twice, and Poultry Showmen twice.
During her youth, Catherine participated in various athletic programs, including soccer, volleyball, and swimming, but seemed to have a special interest in softball, playing on the junior varsity team at Delta High School. She enjoyed the social interaction with her teammates, and some opponents, as well!
Catherine is survived by her parents Dennis and Denise (Lange) Heban; brother, Nicholas; grandpa, Richard D. Heban; aunts and uncles, Donna and Jim Albright, Richard L. and Christine Heban, and Lisa and Tom Higginbotham; cousins, Dan and Mitzi Revill, Jake, Stephanie and Alexa Revill, Anna Revill; Corinne and Elizabeth Heban; Nathan, Elyssa, and Kyle Higginbotham.
Catherine was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Walter and Donna Lange, and paternal grandmother Doris Heban.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 17th from 5 to 7 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton. Visitation will continue Saturday, March 18th from 10 am to 11 am at St. Richard Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 am, with Fr. Eric Culler presiding.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, which will be used for a memorial bench at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.