Linda Heap

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Linda Sue Heap, nee Rompel, 70, of Belleville, IL, was called home on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Belleville.

Linda was born September 16, 1952, to Mary Beth (Schrand) and Cletus August Rompel. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She graduated from Our Lady Queen of Peace in 1966 and Althoff Catholic High School in 1970. She went on to get her bachelor’s in psychology from McKendree and master’s from SIUE. She graduated with honors and prided herself on her intellect and work ethic. Her compassion and kindness made her an incredible licensed counselor, boss, and friend. She was the clinical manager of the southern region of Lutheran Child and Family Service, and her leadership and impact there will be deeply missed.

In 1972, she met Tony, the love of her life. They were married, after only seven months together, on December 28th. Together, they had four children and built a beautiful life. They celebrated 50 years together in May of 2022 and planned a trip for the whole family to Walt Disney World. It was always so important to her that the family spend as much time together as possible. This special trip was Linda’s last gift to her family. To Linda, family was everything. Of all her accomplishments, she felt her close relationships with those she loved were the most important. She will be remembered for her wonderful advice, quick wit, infectious smile, and beautiful eyes. You couldn’t help but to love her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, David J. Rompel and Paul J. Rompel.

Surviving are her husband, Anthony H. Heap;
four children, Jami (Bryan) White, Andrew (JoAnn) Heap, Amber (Brad) Kibler,
and Chelsea (Mike) Renner;
12 grandchildren, Kodiak (Danielle) and Mackenzie White,
Athena, Eaen, and Vivienne Heap,
Charlotte, Chloe, Elizabeth, Kathryn, and Olston Kibler,
Rosie and Mikey Renner;
two great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Walker White;
a brother, James Rompel;
a sister-in-law, Barb Rompel;
and countless other nieces, nephews, friends, and family members whom she loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials or donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Belleville or Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Matthew Elie officiating.



27 Comments on Linda Heap

Mark jasper said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2022 at 4:22 PM

I'm so sorry Tony

  • New Baden
  • Illinois
Chaplain, Cahokia Mound Chapter DAR said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2022 at 3:12 PM

The Daughters of the Cahokia Mounds Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution are saddened at the loss of one of our members. Linda will be greatly missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Robert Dintelmann said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2022 at 9:54 PM

My sympathy to Tony and all the family. Bob Dintelmann

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cookie (Mann) Moffitt said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2022 at 11:14 AM

Linda was the First person to invite me to a party at her home as a new freshman. I rode the bus in from Fairview heights to Althoff. She always made everyone feel welcomed. That never changed. She was always genuinely interested & kind to all. She lived and loved well. 🙏💔🕊️

  • Lenexa
  • KS
Leslie Anne said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2022 at 11:16 PM

Andrew, your mom was just awesome. She always listened and you never knew if she really had an opinion about someone....that was MY experience. She was so welcoming to all of us. She always made your house feel like our house as high school kids.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Steve Knefelkamp said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2022 at 2:57 PM

Deepest Sympathy to you and your family Tony for the loss of your wife Linda. Prayers and thoughts with you and may God give you strength through this most difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Robert Wojcik said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2022 at 9:51 PM

In Paradisum. Eternal Rest. She was always the happiest surrounded by her family. Let her love be the blanket that warms your heart. Beautiful Lady.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Bob and Bridget Juen said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2022 at 12:34 PM

Our sympathy for the family and her friends. Her love, laughter and friendship will never be forgotten. 🙏🏻🤍

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Myles Holmes said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2022 at 3:17 PM

So very sorry my friends, praying for you all. What a wonderful life Lynda has lived . Left us all an example to follow.❤️

  • Maryville
  • IL
Connie Stelling said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2022 at 8:49 AM

So sorry to hear of Linda's passing. The memories are flooding in....A party at Tony and Linda's, Tony and Jim lip syncing to us their hilarious rendition of the Righteous Brother's "You've Lost that Lovin Feeling." Linda was a wonderful person and the memories of her will never be forgotten.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mark & Lori Rodriguez said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 8:43 PM

Tony and family, Lori & I were very shocked to learn about Linda’s passing. We sincerely offer our condolences to all. She was a beautiful person and a blessing to know 🙏🏻💕

  • Smithton
  • IL
Terry&Danelle Delaney said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 6:58 AM

Tony, our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Ray Crisio said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2022 at 1:55 PM

Linda was a wonderful and kind hearted lady who will be truly missed. Special condolences to her family on such a loss. She is home with our Lord Jesus Christ!

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Fred perryman said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2022 at 9:37 AM

I have been away from Belleville a long time, but Linda was one of those persons who kept me quietly connected. In a much younger time, she could be depended on by me. Indicative, was when she worked at “The Kitchen”. Fed me, over fed me, and never expected to pay a cent. Thank you, Linda.

  • Fish creek
  • WI
Barb Holtman said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2022 at 12:19 AM

Tony, Jami, Andrew, Amber and Chelsea and family, Linda was not only sweet, loving, intelligent, interesting, kind, she was FUN and FUNNY! We spent many a night with Tony and Linda, and I mean nights! We would arrive around 7pm ( with 3 little kidos) and leave about 5am. sometimes making breakfast before we left. I always remember the birds singing when we left. Linda and I would sit, talk and laugh all night. Even before she received her degree, she was the best therapist! She was down to earth, say it like it is kind of gal! She was a loving wife and mother and ALWAYS had time for friends. Even though I haven’t seen Linda lately, her kindness and love surround me. I cherish our time together. To her family: Linda lives on in each of you. May her memories make you smile, and may her love and Gods surround each of you.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Tony, I'm so sorry for the loss of your loving wife & so many years together! "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her" In Our Prayers!

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Joe English said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 8:28 PM

To all of Linda's Family and Friends - we had some great times together - I will remember those times. Linda will be missed - Joan & I send our deepest sympathies

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sharon & Stephen Sauthoff said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 8:26 PM

It broke my heart to see that Linda had passed. To Tony and family our prayers are with you. I think of all the memory we have thank you for that.

  • O,Fallon
  • Illinois
Barbie Whitehead said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 8:09 PM

Jami and Family, Her smile lit up a room and you always knew where you stood with her. I remember way too many sidelines at Red Team soccer games with her cheering excitedly. She was a shining example of “marriage and family” first and she was one of my mom’s favorite people because she never lied. I can’t help but smile thinking of their reunion and her getting to see Clete again and all the old QP gang. She is in very good company and is at peace, but you know she’ll “be watching you.” May memories comfort you in the days and months ahead. Know that she loved you all like only a mom can and she was so proud of you! Sending you hugs as I can’t be there in person. Love you! Barbie

  • Belleville
  • IL
Margaret wells said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 6:41 PM

Andrew and family. So sorry for your loss. Many prayers being sent your way. Will always remain in my thoughts

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Anne and Ryan LaPorte said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 6:26 PM

Sending all of our love to your beautiful family during this difficult time. Infectious is the right word for Linda. We treasure our memories with her.

  • Tacoma
  • WA
Jackie Hofmeister said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 6:10 PM

Linda was such a driving force when we built our home in Lakes of Elmwood. We later became friends and enjoyed time with Linda and Tony. Prayers for the family.

  • Myrtle Beach
  • SC
Patty & Stacy Pickering said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 2:59 PM

Our family has lost a Beautiful member of our family. So Many Happy Fun memories were made over All the years. I don't think I ever saw you without a Smile. You Always made me laugh. Your Spunky Spirit, Kindness , Honesty & Loving Disposition will be Forever Remembered & Treasured. RIP My Sweet Cousin.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Julie Gallup said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 2:59 PM

My sincerest condolences for you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Aunt Linda was one in a million and will be missed by all who knew her!!!

  • San Antonio
  • TX
Norma Lester said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 2:33 PM

Tony, Jami, Andy, Amber and Cheslsea, I am so very sorry for your loss. Linda was such a great person, her sense of humor was one of a kind. She will be missed dearly.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Lynn Gabel Fulte said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 2:17 PM

Sending deepest condolences to Tony and family on the loss of this beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Linda.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Debbie Larkin said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2022 at 2:07 PM

Tony & family , our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time ! Linda was a Wonderful person and I was fortunate to have spent a few hours with her back in May and share some laughs. She will be greatly missed . Debbie & Kent Larkin 🙏🏼

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL

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