Medical 06

Michelle L. (Heck) James

July 7, 1964 ~ April 10, 2022 (age 57)


Michelle L. Heck James, 57, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at Kingston Residential, after a battle with cancer. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on July 7, 1964, the daughter of Donald and Geraldine (Schultz) Heck.

She was a 1982 graduate of Harding High School, where she was a band member and played the flute, the trumpet and French horn.

Michelle went on to receive her Associates Degree in Nursing, from Purdue University. She worked as a Registered Nurse, in Fort Wayne, at Super Shot for 23 years, where she loved taking care of the babies and making the procedures go as quickly as possible. Michelle was often recognized in public as “The Shot Lady.” Prior to that, she worked at Lutheran Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 10 years. She would say, "I'm going to tell you that I love my job. That sounds really sad because I come in and make your kids cry, but I love my job. I feel like I'm making them better, I'm helping them stay healthy as opposed to playing catch-up to get them better from being sick."

She is survived by her mother, Geraldine Matheny of Ossian; her husband, Randall James of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Eryn Tatyana James of Fort Wayne; a step daughter, Mackenzie Ryan; sisters, Christine (Dan) Camp of Fort Wayne, Sherri (Darren) Will of Roanoke, Melissa (Tom) Heine of Indianapolis, Vikki Bobay of New Haven; a sister-in-law, Debra Heck Anderson of Syracuse; a step sister, Lisa (Gordon) Brown of Florida; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Temple, Joni Darrah, Bryan Heine, Andrea Donahue, Kyle Will, Courtney Will, Taylor Jacobs, Eryka Bobay and Claire Bobay.

Michelle was preceded in death by her father, Donald Heck; a brother, Eryk Heck; a brother-in-law, Tom Heine; a step father, Otto Matheny.

Preferred memorials are to Eryn James, payable to the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Credit Union at 3306 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Sunday, April 24 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the

UAW Local 2209 Hall, 5820 East 900 North, Roanoke, Indiana 46783.

Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.

To send flowers to Michelle's family, please visit our floral store.


Celebration of Life
April 24, 2022

1:00 PM
UAW Local 2209 Hall
5820 East 900 North
Roanoke, IN 46783

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