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“My dearest girl, Three months have passed,it feels more like three years, and time has proven to be merciful as well as merciless. I grieve your...Read More »
1 of 60 | Posted by: susan gonet - springfield, IL

“Little Heather, I thought that as each day passed things would get easier. I was wrong. We miss you terribly and still cry for you. As much as I...Read More »
2 of 60 | Posted by: Heather J Piatchek - Springfield, IL

“Beautiful Heather.. I miss you and wanted you to know I love you so much and I try to carry your spirits and happy thoughts with me each and everyday...Read More »
3 of 60 | Posted by: Stephanie - springfield, IL

“To my daughter, I love you so much and miss you everyday. I am out visiting our family in Massachusetts. I am at Uncle Jeff's now, and went up to...Read More »
4 of 60 | Posted by: Michael Gonet - Boston, MA

“Hi Heather- I can't believe the school is almost over. I can't wait for the summer and I wish you were here to play with me. We are going horseback...Read More »
5 of 60 | Posted by: Taylor Little - Springfield, IL

“It is a world of peace with no problems. You can go or be anything you want to be. Everyone would have sooo many friends and the world is happy. ...Read More »
6 of 60 | Posted by: susan gonet - springfield, IL

“Heather was my cousin not only family but also my best friend. She was someone I could rely on. Since we were the same age when we saw each other we...Read More »
7 of 60 | Posted by: Kaitlyn - Springfield, IL

“Heather was a great friend. She was nice, funny, pretty, a great poet, and much more! I can't wait to see her again in heaven! ”
8 of 60 | Posted by: Lydia Nelson - Springfield, IL

“Hi Heather (aka Slim), For such a short life, you touched a great number of people. And for such a slim girl - your big spirit will live on in...Read More »
9 of 60 | Posted by: Jeff Gonet - Boston, MA

“My girl Heather(hey), I know you are keeping yourself busy in Heaven and I am grieving your loss terribly but as I told you in a conversation we had...Read More »
10 of 60 | Posted by: susan - springfield, IL

“Candice and Mike, There is nothing I can say or do to help ease your pain. Just know that Heather is in a much better place. I was so glad I was...Read More »
11 of 60 | Posted by: Jenny - Cape Coral, FL

“Heather.. Im thinking about you and I know your in Heaven looking down apon me and just smiling ear to ear with your beautiful smile. I LOVE YOU ...Read More »
12 of 60 | Posted by: Stephanie - Springfield, IL

“I say goodbye to my sweet, beautiful, bright, wonderful daughter. I love you baby with every part of my being. You made our lives so much greater...Read More »
13 of 60 | Posted by: Daddy - Springfield, IL

“To all of Heather's family: We extend our deepest sympathy to each of you over the loss of your precious Heather. Words can never express what is...Read More »
14 of 60 | Posted by: Dale and Janey Harper - IL

“Heather was a great friend to my son Jeff. We have photos of her on our walls from when she was over for birthday parties and school activities when...Read More »
15 of 60 | Posted by: Robert Rodgers - Springfield, IL

“Mike- My heart is breaking for you. Heather was a lucky little girl to have such a fun and caring father, and we are lucky to have had her touch our...Read More »
16 of 60 | Posted by: Heather Westfall - Springfield, IL

“Hi Heather- I hope you are having fun with Scout. I miss you alot and Ill bet your angel wings are SOOO pretty. I have so much fun with you and I can...Read More »
17 of 60 | Posted by: Taylor Little - Springfield, IL

“Phil and Cathy: Please accept our condolences on the loss of your precious granddaughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your...Read More »
18 of 60 | Posted by: Larry and Beverly Smith - IL

“Phil and Cathy, we have you and your family in our prayers. Love Garrett and Kathy ”
19 of 60 | Posted by: Garrett Deakin - spfld, IL

“Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Heather and our son Vidur played on the same Soccer team at the YMCA. We all have fond memories of her...Read More »
20 of 60 | Posted by: Raghuraman - Springfield, IL

“Pam and I have you and your family in our prayers. God Bless. ”
21 of 60 | Posted by: Bill Raney - South Charleston, WV

“To Phil and Cathy: I am deeply saddened that you have lost this precious gift of your grandaughter. Please accept my sincerest condolences for...Read More »
22 of 60 | Posted by: Janice Butler - Springfield, IL

“TO THE GONET FAMILY: OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE POLISH CLUB. ”
23 of 60 | Posted by: POLISH CLUB of DANVERS, MA - MA

“To the family of Heather Gonet, Personally I did not know Heather. I knew her Grandmother Pat and Uncle Dave and at this time my deepest prayers and...Read More »
24 of 60 | Posted by: PRISCILLA BAKULA - PEABODY, MA

“Dear Phil and Cathy, we have you in our prayers daily. Bill and Betty Werner ”
25 of 60 | Posted by: william e werner - springfield, IL

“Phil, Cathy and family, We know your hearts are breaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God be with you. ”
26 of 60 | Posted by: Bob and Peggy Wade - Springfield, IL

“To the family of Heather, My family and I wanted to let you know how very sorry we are on the passing of Heather. Even though I hadn't known her...Read More »
27 of 60 | Posted by: Cavan Stannard - Springfield, IL

“Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. Andy and Lynn Bee ”
28 of 60 | Posted by: Andy & Lynn Bee - Chatham, IL

“Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. Andy and Lynn Bee ”
29 of 60 | Posted by: Andy & Lynn Bee - Springfield, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you, Michael, Susan, and Pat. Love, Laurinda Mahoney (formerly Sullivan) ”
30 of 60 | Posted by: Laurinda Mahoney - Gloucester, MA

“Mr. Gonet and Family, My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Heather was a very sweet girl and her wonderful smile and sense of humor...Read More »
31 of 60 | Posted by: Sue Allen - Springfield, IL

“We are praying for your comfort and strength during this time. ”
32 of 60 | Posted by: Lyle and Nancy Cline - Carbondale, IL

“We are praying for your comfort and strength during this time. ”
33 of 60 | Posted by: Lyle and Nancy Cline - Carbondale, IL

“We just want you to know that you will be in our hearts and prayers. God bless. Rivers Garage and Body Shop ”
34 of 60 | Posted by: Nancy Ann - Ravenna, OH

“Phil, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
35 of 60 | Posted by: Barb and Bill Chesser - IL

“Phil and Kathy...please accept our deepest sympathy with the loss of your precious granddaughter. You and your family are in our thoughts and...Read More »
36 of 60 | Posted by: Dean and Susie Jackson - IL

“Phil, Kathy and Steve, I was very sorry to hear of your traggic loss. I know from my own esperience how devastating this can be. My thoughts and...Read More »
37 of 60 | Posted by: Dave Danner - Springfield, IL

“To the loving family of Heather, Heather was one of those special people who only come along once in a lifetime. The things that she has...Read More »
38 of 60 | Posted by: Fellow BSS student - Springfield, IL

“Heather was a exceptional person who brought joy to many people. I am honored to have known her, and I will miss her greatly. Mike, and Candice, you...Read More »
39 of 60 | Posted by: Philip Pacha - Springfield, IL

“My sincere condolences on your loss of such a beautiful and wonderful child. I can only hope the happy memories of her life can help you through this...Read More »
40 of 60 | Posted by: John McGlynn - Georgetown, MA

“Cathy and Phil, and all of Heather's family, we send our deepest sympathy and prayers of faith and strength to you all. ”
41 of 60 | Posted by: Bill and Debbie Prather - IL

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you all in this difficult and painful time. God Bless, Kevin Leary VPNE Parking Solutions ”
42 of 60 | Posted by: Kevin Leary - Boston, MA

“To the Family of Heather, On behalf of all of Heather's 5th grade classmates and their families, we extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. ...Read More »
43 of 60 | Posted by: Parents from BSS 5th Grade - IL

“To all of Heather's family: Heather was a very nice girl and I am glad for the time that I got to know her. I will miss seeing her every day at...Read More »
44 of 60 | Posted by: Claire - Springfield, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I'm a teacher at Graham School and taught Heather. She was a delightful student. She had a wonderful...Read More »
45 of 60 | Posted by: Marianne Seiz - Springfield, IL

“To Patty, Susan and Mike, I am so sorry for the pain you are going thru...I love you all...anything I can do please let me know. Heather was a...Read More »
46 of 60 | Posted by: lauren sullivan - hamilton, MA

“Heather.. I will always remember your beautiful smile and the way you touched my heart! I will miss you so very much, you are and angel sent from...Read More »
47 of 60 | Posted by: Stephanie - Springfield, IL

“I would just like to say to Candice and Mike im sorry for your loss. Im sorry I couldnt come home but my thoughts and prayers are with you and the...Read More »
48 of 60 | Posted by: sarah Ingram - Lakenheath

“though i only have had the younger years to really spend time with heather when she was a baby i have always been close to you candice with that...Read More »
49 of 60 | Posted by: jacob mccarty - pawnee, IL

“Heather's parents and family, I was so so sad to read about the loss of your daughter Heather this Easter Sunday morning...your family is in my...Read More »
50 of 60 | Posted by: Marty M. - IL

“Heather you will always be in our hearts. My words can not express my feelings all that I can say is that I Love you very much and will always carry...Read More »
51 of 60 | Posted by: Mama - Springfield, IL

“To the family of Heather Gonet, Heather was very special and always energetic. She helped me learn so many things and I know that I will miss her...Read More »
52 of 60 | Posted by: Kayla - Springfield, IL

“Heather, you brought so much joy in everyones life. We will miss you so much. You will always be in our hearts and never forgotten. I LOVE YOU! ”
53 of 60 | Posted by: Linda - Springfield, IL

“I played soccer with Heather. I looked forward to seeing her at practice and games. I will miss her. I am very sorry for her family and I will...Read More »
54 of 60 | Posted by: Maggie Lenkart - Springfield, IL

“Mike, We will always remember Heather for her beautiful smile and voice of an angel in the choir. She was such a polite, well mannered child....Read More »
55 of 60 | Posted by: Heather J. Piatchek - Springfield, IL

“Phil & Cathy, It is difficult to find the words to express our shock and sorrow, but our hearts go out to you in this terrible loss of your...Read More »
56 of 60 | Posted by: Dick & Donna Harding - Windham, NH

“My sweet girl, Besides your brother you were the most precious gift that God gave to me. Your heart was so big, and you had so much love to give. ...Read More »
57 of 60 | Posted by: Mommy - Springfield, IL

“Candice, I would never be able to say any words to console you in this moment. Know that Heather was a visitor in your life and God needed to send...Read More »
58 of 60 | Posted by: Deborah A (McCarty) Martin - IL

“Susan, our hearts ache for you and your family with the loss of Heather. Fondly, Julia and David ”
59 of 60 | Posted by: Julia Simpson - St. Louis, MO

“Heather, you will always be in our hearts and in our minds. You have been such a bright star in our lives and we have loved having you these...Read More »
60 of 60 | Posted by: Grandma Janie & Papa Chuck - IL


Heather Nicole Gonet, 11, of Springfield, died on April 6, 2007 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Akron, Ohio. Heather was born November 17, 1995 in Springfield, the daughter of Michael and Candice (McCarty) Gonet. Heather was a 5th grade honor roll student at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School. She was a very kind, loving girl with an infectious smile. She was involved in many activities at the YMCA where she participated in gymnastics, soccer and reached “flying fish” in swimming. She was an avid roller skater who started skating soon after learning how to walk. Heather also enjoyed origami, painting, drawing, poetry, writing, cooking and reading, including Harry Potter. She really loved animals, especially her dog Scout. Heather also enjoyed the outdoors, with her favorite place being Lincoln Memorial Garden. She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother: Nira McCarty and great-grandfather: David E. Sullivan. She is survived by her father: Michael Gonet of Springfield; mother: Candice Stanley of Springfield; stepfather: Jeff Stanley of Springfield; one brother: Tyler Stanley of Springfield; five aunts: Susan Gonet, Jessica Hashman, Stephanie and Melissa Roberts, all of Springfield and Angela Garlo of Divernon; grandparents: Phil and Cathy Gonet of Springfield, Patricia Gonet of Wenham, MA, Kevin and Linda Roberts of Springfield, James & Patti Hayden of Hammond, IN, Tom and Merri McCarty of Cape Coral, FL and Chuck and Janie Stanley of Springfield; great-grandparents: Phyllis Gonet of Danvers, MA, Walt McCarty of Springfield and Charles and Elaine Lukesch of Springfield; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Family will receive friends from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2007 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1725 S. Walnut, Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Rev. David Hoefler, celebrant and The Very Rev. Robert E. Brodie present. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Heather N. Gonet Memorial Scholarship Fund, to provide financial assistance to children to attend Blessed Sacrament School. The family of Heather Nicole Gonet is being served by Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.

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