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Janie Heitfield

The family of Juanita “Janie” L. Heitfield, 84, Herington, who passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024, at Memorial Hospital in Abilene, gathered with friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Herington.

Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Herington.

She was laid to rest in Sunset Hill Cemetery in a private service.

Janie’s life began Dec. 19, 1939, in Lost Springs. She was a daughter of Adolpho and Julia Gonzales.

Janie was united in marriage to Robert Potocnik and later to Glenn L. Heitfield Jr., both of whom preceded her in death.

She worked at Herington Lutheran Home (Legacy) for several years as a nurse’s aide.

Janie was a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Herington.

She loved her animals and enjoyed shopping anytime she could.

Her great joy was her family, which included her children Julie Newbury, Troy Heitfield (and wife Robyn), and Barbara Hart, all of Herington; Paul Potocnik of Lost Springs; and Becky Smith of Alliance, Nebraska.

Others include 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and siblings Kenny Gonzales of Chicago, Nick Gonzales of Herington, Connie Alvarez of Lost Springs, Margaret Roediger of Herington, and Mary Klenda and Celia LaPlante, both of Hillsboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents; spouses; children Julie Potocnik, Robert Potocnik Jr., and Cynthhia Byrd; and siblings Delfina Nobles, Virginia Rezcznski, and Carmen Gonzales Sr.

Memorial contributions in Janie’s name may be directed to Legacy at Herington activity fund in care of the funeral home.

Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Janie at

Last modified Jan. 11, 2024