Shirley M. Heinicke

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Longtime Soldotna resident Shirley M. Heinicke died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 88.

At her request, no services are planned.

Mrs. Heinicke was born Sept. 28, 1922 in Lynchburg, Va. She moved to Alaska in 1984 and along with her husband, Mike, were volunteer campground hosts. After Mike's death in 1997 she continued as a volunteer for a total of 24 years for Alaska State Parks at the Kasilof River Recreational site, Captain Cook State Park and her favorite, Crooked Creek State Park.

She received numerous awards and recognitions for her volunteer work from the State of Alaska and Presidential Recognition for her selfless dedication.

Favorite pastimes were reading and following her teams on TV.

"Shirley was opinionated, but yet extremely shy. A friend once described her as an M & M, hard on the outside yet soft and loveable on the inside, for those who got to know her soon discovered how loving, caring and passionate she really was. Shirley was fiery about her sports, especially hockey and tennis, having memorized many facts of each team and player. Shirley's life was her work at Crooked Creek Campground as a volunteer host. Her title was 'volunteer,' but as Shirley stated, 'Heck, I run the place!' Shirley died very peacefully with loved ones by her side." her friends wrote.

Mrs. Heinicke was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, James B. "Mike" Heinicke. She is survived by a daughter, Cherrie B. Campbell, of Texas.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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