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SHIRLEY — Heidi S. (Stecher) Shultz, 48, died at home on Monday, June 19, 2006, while surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Phillip J. “Jim” Shultz; two daughters, Erin B. Kuntz and her husband, Josh, of Ohio, and Kassandra C. Pinkerton and her husband, Greg, of Fitchburg; two sons, Travis W. Shultz and Nicholas J. “Nick” Shultz, both of Shirley; her father, Dr. William N. Stecher and his wife, Betsy, of Florida; a brother, William N. Stecher Jr., of South Carolina; and two sisters, Gretchen Stecher of Mashpee and Kristen S. Quarella of Leominster. She also leaves three granddaughters, Hannah and Abigail Kuntz and Alethia Pinkerton. Heidi was predeceased by her mother Beverley S. (Simpson) Stecher, in 2001.

Heidi was born in England on August 5, 1957, the daughter of Dr. William N. and Beverley S. (Simpson) Stecher and lived in Shirley most of her life. She was a 1975 graduate of Ayer High School and received a degree as a medical assistant from David Hale Fanning School of Health Occupations in Worcester. She worked for a short time as a medical assistant at her father’s practice before becoming a full-time mother and wife. She served on the Shirley School Committee and the Ayer School Council. As a Christian, Heidi was a member of the Church of the Harvest in Fitchburg, where she volunteered as a youth group leader and was a member of the ladies ministry.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the convience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, 2 Shaker Road, Suite D225, Shirley, MA 01464 . The Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, Leominster, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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