Edith Heckeroth Miller


Edith Heckeroth Miller, age 74, passed away February 8, at her home in Huntington Beach, California. She had battled cancer for seven years until her weakened heart gave out. She was interred at Good Shepard Cemetery in Huntington Beach following a Memorial Mass at St. Vincent De Paul Church.

Born in Woodstock, she was the daughter of Edith and Adolf Heckeroth. Adolf had a Plumbing, Heating and Electric business and when she was young, Edie frequently manned the phones and ran errands.

Edie attended Woodstock Elementary School and Onteora H. S. and graduated with High Honors in History from Russel Sage College in Troy, NY.

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She married John Miller of Kingston in 1966 and they resided in Rochester NY, Plano TX and finally Huntington Beach, CA. Edie was a true Woodstock native. She had many friends in the area and they maintained a vacation home in Woodstock for her last 12 years. Withhusband John, they returned each spring and fall to her rebuilt cottage on Mountainview Ave.

Edie loved to travel and they visited many countries. She was also active in AAUW.

Edie excelled asa teacher and taught 7-8 grade at St. Bonaventure’s Parochial school in Huntington Beach and for 8 years.

Deciding to try working in industry she joined Behr Process Corporation in 1988 as a receptionist and rose to become Behr’s first VP of HR. She retired in 2005. No other paint brand was acceptable for use on her homes.

Edie was a generous supporter of her Church, College and other community charities in both Huntington Beach and Woodstock.

She is survived by John, her husband of 51 years, daughter Katherine Klem (Lance Klem) of Valley Center, CA and son John A. W. Miller (Joanne Miller) of Carlsbad, CA and brother William Heckeroth of Woodstock. She also leaves 3 grandchildren who miss their “Oma” greatly.

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