Danielle L. Heck-Lonning

Danielle L. Heck-Lonning, age 43 of Asbury, Iowa, completed her journey on Friday, April 12, 2019 in her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a short battle with Colorectal cancer.  To honor Danielle’s life, a private service will be held.


Danielle was born on May 7, 1975, in Waukon, Iowa, the eldest daughter of Jerry and Katherine (Rumph) Heck.  From a young age, Danielle knew that she was going to invest her time and talents helping others.  Danielle graduated from the University of Iowa with her PharmD degree in May 2000, and began working as a Pharmacist in Dubuque.  Danielle enjoyed her work and became friends with countless co-workers and patients throughout her 19-year career.


Danielle’s greatest joy was spending time with her family creating life-long memories.  Her devotion to her two beautiful daughters, Alexis and Ava, and husband Dale, was unceasing.  Her abundance of love will be cherished in their hearts forever.


Danielle had an insatiable appetite for exercise and healthy living.  Her spirit, love and strong heart will endure in those survived by her.  We will miss her beyond words, love her beyond measure, and await patiently for the eventual day when we can once again embrace her beyond time.  Thank you for all of the light, love and laughs you shared during your 43 short years among us Danielle; we will hold them dearly until we meet again!


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Danielle include,


her husband, Dale, and daughters Alexis and Ava;


her parents, Jerry and Katherine Heck;


her sister, Dacia (Dan DiCarlo) Heck;


her grandmothers, Donna Trappe and Claire Heck;


her in-laws, Revelyn Lonning, Frank (Donna May) Lonning, Lori (Ron) Moore, Michelle (Jerry) Donahue, Sharon (Dan) Larson, Becky (Tim) Paxston, and Bob (Audrey) Lonning;


along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Danielle was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Theodore Rumph, Gerald Heck, and Herb Trappe.


In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Danielle may be made to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance at https://fundraise.ccalliance.org/blue-star-tributes/Danielle.


Danielle’s family would like to thank the outpouring of support by family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  Your generosity and compassion have made this difficult journey easier to travel.  In addition, the family would like to thank the staff of Grand River Medical Group, Wendt Regional Cancer Center, UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their professional and compassionate care.


Online condolences may be left for Danielle’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


To honor Danielle’s life, a private service will be held.

49 comments on “Danielle L. Heck-Lonning
  1. Sue Meloy says:

    I met Danielle through K Mart pharmacy. She was always there with a smile,ready to help you. She made you feel like a friend.May she Rest In Peace! I’m sure she’s smiling upon us!

  2. Dick and Evonne Kistler says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. I remember when Danielle was born and can hardly fathom this so I know you are all suffering deeply. Please know we will be praying for you and if there is ANYTHING we can do don’t hesitate to contact us, even if just to talk. Love to all, Dick and Evonne

  3. Cheryl and Matt Schromen says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Dale and his kids.

    • Kim Prier says:

      My deepest sympathies to Danielle family. I work with Danielle at Wal-Mart and she was very helpful when it came to my family medication. She will be miss by a lot of people.

  4. Rena Sheehy says:

    Danielle and I bonded over my autism sweatshirt at the Walmart pharmacy. She was so sweet and very caring. Rest easy sweet Danielle. My deepest sympathy to your family.

  5. The Scott Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go to Danielle’s family. She was a wonderful and caring woman.

  6. Dianne Hermsen says:

    My deepest sympathy to Danielle’s family. I am grateful for the time I had to work with her. She will be missed. My prayers go out to all of you!

  7. Mary Engstrom says:

    Jerry, Kathy, and Dacia,

    So sorry to hear of Danielle’s passing. So sad to see someone so healthy and vibrant be a victim to this nasty disease.
    I know that the arms that welcomed her into heaven will reach down and comfort all of you. Know you are going to miss her!

  8. JoAnn Sherman says:

    Jerry, Kathy, Dacia, and Dale,
    I am so saddened to learn of Danielle’s illness and passing. I remember her kindness and smile. She was so loved by all of you. My condolences to all of you.

  9. Ann Hart says:

    Al and I send you our very deepest sympathy during this very difficult time. Take care in the days ahead.

  10. Bridget Ronan says:

    My biggest sympathy to all of Danielle’s families. I will always remember the daily walks, Whippy Dip, Lifeguarding, and the summer we worked at the factory. What a beautiful lady gone too soon.

  11. Celia Brown says:

    Danielle was my daughter Kim’s roommate in college and beloved friend. We are so sorry for your loss. Danielle was an awesome person and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Jerry and Celia Brown from Monona.

  12. Barb Riesselman says:

    Your family has my deepest sympathy.

  13. Liz Dean says:

    I’m so very sorry. My heart breaks right along with yours. I only knew Danielle two short years that I worked with her. She was such an inspiration to me. Always so full if energy and eager to help anyone that needed it. I’m sure you’ll hear it many times how thoughtful she was and always so cheerful. She will truly be missed by many. My prayers to you all.

  14. Bruce and Deb Kubitz says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your daughter. So heartbreaking. Prayers for you all.

  15. Dale, Lexie, Ava..we are just heartbroken over Danielle being called to Heaven. I have such great memories of Danielle. We started mommyhood together and continued when Ava was born and my youngest Christian was born. Play group, MOPS, swimming and working out together will be memories to make me smile. You were blessed with an amazing wife and mother! May God’s loving arms embrace you all!! 💞

  16. Trish Darling says:

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  17. Kim and Kathy Bartelson says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Danielle’s family and friends at this difficult time.

  18. Robert Jenkins says:

    We had no idea Danielle was going through all this. You, Dale and girls , Dacia and everyone else in your family have our sympathy. So sorry.

  19. Chris Davisdon says:

    I have been holding your family in my prayers. Danielle was gone to soon and will be missed greatly. May God’s peace and comfort be with you during this time.

  20. Ginny Schumacher says:

    Danielle was a ray of sunshine at the Shopko pharmacy. Always smiling, complimentary, and genuinely caring to us customers. The world needs more people like Danielle.So sorry for your loss.

  21. Judy (Ewing) Miller says:

    I am saddened to read of Danielle’s passing. Although I did not personally know her, I had her dad (Mr. Heck, as I called him) as a teacher in Waukon. He has always been one of my favorite teachers and I have fond memories of my time in his classroom. I am so sorry that he and Kathy, along with the rest of their family, are having to experience the loss of their beautiful daughter, sister, wife, and mother. With my deepest sympathy, Judy Miller

  22. Marianne Avery says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Danielle was a beautiful lady with a big heart.

  23. Veronica and Michael woodruff says:

    She was a hard and friendly worker she always puts a smile on your face she will be missed dearly prayers are with you and your family.

  24. Jean Merritt says:

    I am so sorry, she will be so dearly missed. She always flew out from behind the counter to help my husband with his needs. I still look for her. My deepest sympathy,

  25. Carol Maas says:

    My deepest sympathies. She was a truly loved person.

  26. Donna Gau says:

    Dear Dale,Lexi & Ava,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Danielle was a special woman and I am so glad I had the chance to know her. I know she will be with you always,I pray your vast memories will help you through this difficult time. Hugs, Donna

  27. Sherri Errthum says:

    So sorry for your loss
    She was always so helpful and always remembered my name
    Always took the time to get things straightened out

  28. Tom Hogan says:

    Hello Lonning and Heck families. It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Danielle. The Hogan family grew up next to Claire and Gerry – we know all of you so well and our hearts are saddened. I have been attending daily mass this holy week and I will keep all of you in my prayers and will pray for the repose of Danielle’s soul in Heaven. Tom Hogan – East Dubuque

  29. Jim and Alyce May says:

    May God comfort you and bring you peace. We send our
    most sincere sympathy. Jim and Alyce May

  30. Lisa Steines says:

    I met Danielle when I started to care for my grandmother. She got her prescriptions at Shopko. When I asked her why she used Shopko, she told me that it was the best place to get your medicine because the people were so nice. I had never been to this particular pharmacy and planned to switch everything over to another pharmacy for convenience. After meeting Danielle and seeing how well she knew my grandma and how repectfully she treated her, I ended up switching all of my prescriptions to Shopko, too. Danielle was genuinely one of nicest persons I have ever met. I looked forward to seeing her when I would need a prescription. We would talk about our kids, running, Disney World and anything else. She was also the most efficient and caring pharmacist I have encountered. She would have things ready for me before I even called. Whenever Danielle saw me out and about, she always came over to say hi and chat. I will miss seeing her around. Life is so unfair and I cannot imagine the hole her passing has left in the hearts of those who loved her. You have my deepest sympathy. Please know that Danielle made a difference and had a lasting impact on so many people during her time here one earth. I’m sure she is running around heaven and has probably already caught up with my grandma and the rest of her patients who she took such good care of.

  31. Jeff and Ann Wachter says:

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Danielle was a breathe of fresh air, always smiling and waving on a run through the neighborhood. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  32. linda digman says:

    Danielle was truly an earth angel. she was so kind and genuine to my mom and me at k mart pharmacy during mom’s terminal illness. may she rest in peace now as a truly heavenly angel. with deepest sadness and prayers. linda digman.

  33. Julie Askelson says:

    May God be comfort you, Heck&Lonning families, as He guides you in healing. Jerry and Kathy, I am thinking of you and will pray for your comfort. Such a tragic loss. Respectfully, Julie Askelson.

  34. I never met Danielle, but feel compelled to reach out to her family. You see, we lost our daughter-in-law in July of 2017 to colorectal cancer. She was 54 years old. She fought hard for almost three years, but lost her battle. I despise cancer. I despise that young women and men are left alone when a spouse leaves this earth. My son is lonely. He’s decided to move to Atlanta from IL to be near his daughter and son-in-law. He’s an MRI tech so hopefully he will be able to find employment fairly quickly. Our grandson will remain in IL for a couple of years yet. They miss their mother. I miss MY mother and she’s been gone since 1996. My grandkids are adults, but are still grieving. I’m assuming that Lexie and Ava are young; perhaps in middle school or perhaps early high school grades. Dale, you are certainly allowed to grieve; my son is still grieving. There is no time period and please don’t allow anyone tell you anything different. I feel so heartbroken for you, Lexie and Ava. No matter how old you are (I’m 76), you never get over losing your mother. I’m sure they have wonderful memories that will help sustain them during this terrible time in their lives. I hope they have many friends. I’m sure you also have great memories, too, Dale. Nobody can take them away from you or your girls. Danielle was a beautiful woman, inside and out, from what I read. We also live in Asbury. I’ll stop rambling now. Rest in peace with our Lord and the angels. Dale, Lexie and Ava, take care of each other and yourselves too. Many hugs and prayers are being sent up for your family. <3 <3 <3

  35. Carol Bechen says:

    I will always remember Danielle’s infectious smile and laugh. She will be missed by so many. The world has lost a great person!!
    I would like to extend my sympathy to Danielle’s family during this difficult time.

  36. Mary Kipp Kitun says:

    Kathy and Jerry… so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful daughter. I so remember when you named her after our very wonderful friend all those years ago! Thinking of you both during this very difficult time!

  37. Linda Wright says:

    I was saddened to hear of Danielle’s passing. I was a patient of hers for several years. Danielle was a very caring and compassionate person. She always went above and beyond in helping, explaining and making sure you understood what meds a person was taking. A bright light has definitely been extinguished. May she Rest In Peace.

  38. Nancy Murray says:

    Words cannot express the deep sorrow and sympathy I feel for your loss. I pray the support and love of your family will help you through this trying time. I pray for Danielle’s family and may their happy memories sustain them for a lifetime.

  39. Mary and Dave Winders says:

    We are shocked to see that Danielle has passed away. Had no idea she was ill. It’s difficult to pass by the pharmacy in Walmart. We loved this young woman for her professionalism, personal concern and wonderful sense of humor. God love you Danielle.

  40. Fred and Lynn Waelchli says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Danielle’s passing…in fact I was stunned. I met her at Shopko Pharmacy. I had gone through two bouts of cancer and she was a ray of sunshine every time I went in. She always had a kind word, a sweet smile, answered any question I had with genuine care and concern. I always left feeling better than when I went in. She made everyone feel special but she was the special one. I can’t imagine your deep loss. May God guide you through this. I pray for her family. Danielle’s parents have to be so proud to have raised such a lovely women. Heaven got a wonderful gift…but too soon. With heartfelt sympathy .

  41. Don and Julie (Snitker) Russell says:

    Deepest sympathy to your family.

  42. Kristy Welch says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family thinking of you and your family love to all of you God bless

  43. Jane Jackson says:

    Danielle was such a caring person. I got to talk with her at Walmart pharmacy. She always took the time to explain the meds, and treated everyone like they were special. SHE WAS SPECIAL. She will be missed by me as she was a very sweet, helpful woman. I am sorry for your loss.

  44. Kathleen A. Reisdorf says:

    Steve and I would like to express our Condolences to Danielle’s entire family! She was so nice to us at the Walmart Pharmacy these past several years! In fact, it is not my preferred Pharmacy this year but stayed because of how she and the other Pharmacist’s treat us so well! We are in shock and saddened by her death! Cherish your memories! Sincerely, Kathy and Steve Reisdorf

  45. Dawn Leppert says:

    Dear Dr. Dale and Family,
    I’m so very saddened by your sudden loss. I cannot imagine what you all are going through. Know that I have said a prayer for all of you. I know the devastation of a Cancer diagnosis, as I’ve been battling my melanoma since 2001, with 4 reoccurrences; lastly in 2016. Again, my heart is with you all. You were always the best chiropractor. Please find your peace in Our Heavenly Father.❤️🙏

  46. Monica Roderick says:

    Jerry, Kathy, Dacia and all of Danielle’s family. I was so saddened to learn of Danielle’s passing. I fondly remember her as the happy, energetic, smiling little girl who lived down the block and grew into a lovely woman. Such a beautiful life cut way to short. May precious memories help to ease your sorrow and bring you comfort. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  47. JJ Janos says:

    A sister is a gift to the heart, A friend to the spirit, A golden thread to the meaning of life. A sister is one of the nicest things that can happen to anyone!

  48. Leon Mindham says:

    Kathy and Jerry, Marsha and I want to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. I recently learned of her passing and wish I could have made it to her funeral. Keeping both of you in our thoughts and prayers.

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