Regina E. Heller, 101

February 24, 2011

JUNE 20, 1909-FEB. 22, 2011

Regina Exline Heller, age 101, of Hancock, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Born in Hancock on June 20, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Harry Francis and Mercy Rosalie Faith Exline, and the widow of Allan Fost Heller, who died Oct. 18, 1992, and whom she married Nov. 25, 1936, in Hancock.

She was a 1927 graduate of Hancock High School, and a 1931 graduate with a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg, Md.

She had been employed by Washington County Department of Social Services as a social worker.

She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Hancock, and a member of St. Peter Ladies Society, Hancock Garden Club, PTA, and the Hancock Historical Society.

She is survived by two daughters, Mercy H. Elbin, Warfordsburg, Pa., and Penny Heller Barg and husband, Arnie, of Moyock, N.C.; one son, Allan E. Heller of Hancock; six grandchildren, Eileen Drexel and husband, David, Pasadena, Md., Jenni Heller, Portland, Ore., Katie Barg, Chesapeake, Va., Bret Elbin and wife, Deb, Chambersburg, Pa., Bart Elbin and wife, Karen, Warfordsburg, and Dr. Chris Heller and wife, Dr. Stephanie Heller, Altadena, Calif.; 11 great-grandchildren; two step-great-granddaughters, and one step-great-great-grandson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church. The Rev John Lombardi will be celebrant. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of family and friends, the funeral home will open at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 16 E. High St., Hancock MD 21750.

To learn more about Regina Heller's remarkable life, go to her website,

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