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Charise L. (Howard) Heater (Eta Rho) 1975-2019


At 44 years of age, Charise passed away unexpectedly at home on August 27th.  Born in Melrose and raised in her earliest years in Billerica Ma. and then Branchburg New Jersey she was the loving daughter of William and Diane Howard of Franklin Ma. She graduated from Somerville New Jersey High School in 1993.. She excelled in school and was the Captain of the HS Color Guard, president of the Thespian Society, President of the school Key Club and was a High School Peer Leader. While she was in college, she was a member of the Field of View Color Guard Troop and placed sixth in a world wide competition. She earned her BS degree in English Education from West Chester University, PA and earned a Master of Arts degree in Medieval Literature from Kutztown University, PA. She taught at the Pen Argyl High School and the Nazareth Middle School, both in PA.  She directed two high school musicals at Pen Argyl.  She also taught middle school English in Newton and Beverly Ma.  She was the beloved mother of McKenna and Ivy Heater of Franklin and dear sister of Kimberly Woodruff and her husband Michael of Lawrenceville NJ. Adored aunt of Mia and Zachary Woodruff.  She is also survived by her aunts, uncles and several extended family members.

DONATIONS: Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society c/o St. Mary’s Church, One Church Square, Franklin, MA 02038.

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